Hi Tracy and welcome to AFT! Can you please familiarise yourself with all of the standard posts that we ask new members to read? This will help you to avoid the confusion by new members that come here that cannot understand why you shouldn't be comparing turtles in the wild to turtles that are being kept in captivity, as well as give you a lot of background information! There is quite a lot to read and take in but it is all very sound knowledge from very experienced turtle keepers! Below are some of the standard posts and threads we ask new members to have a look at: Please read the 'AFT Turtle Care Guide' AFT Freshwater Turtle Care Guide The following is essential reading Quick Reference Guide How To Set Up An Aquarium For Turtles and Feeding Guide Why you Shouldn't Keep Two Turtles Together Keeping Two Turtles Together To understand why we make the recommendations that we do in the Care Guide please read this informative post Why we make the recommendations that we do here on AFT Part 1 Also, it would be best to familiarise yourself with the skin infections care sheet located here Skin Infections After that, you can read the Most Common Mistakes made by novice keepers thread here Common Mistakes If your turtle is sick or injured and needs dry-docking Important Tips for Dry-Docking Sick Turtles If you have any questions about why we recommend Calgrit/Turtle Grit and River Sand instead of pebbles and small rocks, please read this thread as well Gravel Blockage-Very sick turtle! How to measure the Straight Carapace Length (SCL) of a Turtle's Shell Measuring the Straight Carapace Length of a turtles shell If you have any specific questions after that, please go ahead and ask. If you want to search a particular subject, look at the top of the page for the Advanced Search link and type in the word or topic you wish to learn about.