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Posted by Dug on September 11, 2002 at 04:59:00:
In Reply to: Taming posted by Maxx MacLeod on September 10, 2002 at 19:06:38:
:Dug-- Softshells are a tough case because they're often aggressive and wary. Try using FOOD! I've had good luck taming them when they learn that you are the food guy and that you will feed them when they approach you. Most of my various softshells species will now take food from my hand. Try food, the universal tool for conditioning animals! Good luck! --Maxx
Thanks for the reply. The turtles are fond of Reptomin, but they don't like to eat when I'm in the room. I will try keeping them hungrier and stay tankside when I feed them. (they are fat anyway) Any thoughts on handling them? I've had good results with taming shelled turtles by picking them up and holding them for bit before I feed them. They learn to recognise me as Mr. Food quickly.