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Posted by nathana on May 05, 2003 at 09:19:55:
In Reply to: Can I get an educated guess? PIC inside posted by kephy on May 02, 2003 at 12:24:37:
Turtles seem to handle moving into the wild just fine. If any turtle can do it, a snapper can. If it's any consolation about releasing it small, they are excellent hiders. Their color makes the muddy shallows of ponds a perfect habitat, and I've never seen them leave the cover of vegetation even there.
Keep it as long as you wish AND are willing to take excellent care of it. Just make sure you realize that it's time to let it go if you must drop your standard of care. Also, knowing you plan to release, try to keep it's food from natural sources. Net out some tadpoles and fishes, catch some snails in the pond, etc. That way it can be eating things it will find when it is released. I don't know if it will make much difference, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.