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Posted by PHKiwi on May 02, 2003 at 14:29:34:
In Reply to: Eastern Hatchling as Pet posted by TommyT on April 28, 2003 at 18:54:58:
Do you have a nice pond nearby? I bet this fellows mother deposited a clutch of eggs in your yard and she lives in a nearby pond. You should probably release it there.
If your son really wants a turtle, contact your local wildlife rescue organization or your local herpetological society or club to see what turtles they have up for adoption. Most herp clubs have an adoptions officer. Many, like the NEHS have websites where you can see what is available for adoption right online. You can find many turtles this way, trust me, I have 15 now.
:My son found a hatchling in our yard this afternoon and fell in love. Can someone please point me to a good reference for comprehensive information on "Turtle Care for Beginners?" In particular, I'm concerned to make sure I have the right environment, food, and water for a hatchling. My local pet store didn't think a hatchling's needs would be different than an adult's, but I'm skeptical. If you can suggest even the most basics, I'd very much appreciate it.