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Posted by dsres on April 23, 2003 at 22:56:36:
In Reply to: Needs Calcium posted by untappedpilot2 on April 23, 2003 at 18:27:14:
::::An easy way of making sure turtles get enough calcium is to disolve a piece of chalk in the water, all you have to do is drop it into the water. Then every time you feed teh turtles they atomactically get calcium from the chalk. RES swallow by taking in water as they take in food because they can't just use their tongues like we can.
:::OOPS! That was supposed to be the at the part where is says, "...every time you feed *teh* turtles..."
::::Anyway, hope this helps!
:::what kind of chalk? thanks
:I don't think it really matters, but anyway. I use the old classroom blackboard writing chalk. The thin stuff, not the big thick sidewalk chalk.
: You can also buy calcium blocks at pet stores that dissolve in the water. Some people including myself also by cuttlebone (usually for birds) and drop pieces in water. They have been known to nip at them too. Just remember to cut off the hard scaly side first. I use the cuttlebone and calcium block just to be safe since I can't tell if they are eating the cuttle bone.