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Posted by maggie on April 24, 2003 at 08:49:47:
In Reply to: Saddened posted by Lalee on April 24, 2003 at 00:13:44:
I am truly shocked and saddened by your tragedy. I have kept huge female sliders with a 10 cm baby without any problems or obvious signs of aggression. There are cases reported on this very forum of males fighting severely but nothing like this. Are you sure you have a slider and not a snapping turtle? I'm asking this only because I've read in many places that snapping turtles do eat small turtles....your turtle's behavior is not common (I've never read of anything like this in other turtle forums). I hope that this horrible situation does not discourage you from continuing to keep the larger turtle (I understand that you may feel totally weird towards it now---but it is an animal then again humans commit unspeakable crimes to one another too). I'm baffled!
:I went to feed my 5 RES' tonight, only to discover the remnants of one of the smaller ones floating in the tank... basically just legs attatched to a vertebrae.
:I was shocked. None of them have ever shown any agressiveness to any others. I'm rather distressed and worried about the well-being of my turtles. I don't know if there's one perpetrator or if it was sort of like a turtle gangbang.
:I could at least understand if they have fought before, but they haven't. I also understand that aggressiveness is common when it comes to mating/territory/feeding reasons. But to the point of eating half of one of their tankmates? I've had them for about 6 months and know that I am feeding them enough. What's going on?