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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Nathan Dockett, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Nathan Dockett

    Nathan Dockett Hatchling Turtle

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    Hello everyone! I'd like to introduce myself and explain a bit about myself and my turtle passion.

    To begin, I'm a 14 year old from QLD Who is in love with Turtles, now I've only really been interested for 6-8 months but I think it's enough. I myself don't own a turtle but I do plan on owning one around October time! My favourite type of Turtle would have to be the Saw-shelled Turtle! (Myuchelys latisternum) I have been doing a lot of research on this Turtle and other species of course, but mainly the Myuchelys latisternum. I do know the costs of a Turtle and the supplies itself and the cost of a licence etc. (So I'm not going in with a blind eye).
    I've also been working on my own turtle guide to help myself remember things along the way, the way I've done this is simply bought a plain journal from K-MART and Printed out a turtle photo and went from there, I've got facts about a variety of turtles, Saw Shelled, Snake Neck, Brisbane River, Murray River. You get the gist. Anyway I'll be sure to read all of the helpful posts with a lot of information to also help me. But I've also got a few questions.

    1: Is a Saw Shelled turtle good for a really amateur turtle owner?

    2: Is it better to buy them as a hatchling/few months old, rather than a year or two, to be able to bond with them?

    3: Do I need to pay my mum money to help with the electricity bill?

    4: Should I give him a tank mate?


    Thanks as always!
    Kind regards, Nathan.
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Owner/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Hi Nathan and welcome to AFT.

    Yes. Saw-shelled turtles are a hardy species.

    Your turtle will "bond" to you over time as much as a turtle can, but remember they aren't like cats and dogs as far as trust goes and can bite. Your turtle will realise over time that you will not harm them and they soon work out where their food comes from. A juvenile turtle would be much hardier than a hatchling.

    You need to work this one out with your mum but to be fair it would be nice if you could help with the electricity bill as a filter, lighting and water heater will increase the amount your mum is currently paying for electricity.

    No, definitely not. Please read the following thread. :arrowright:https://www.australianfreshwaterturtles.com.au/threads/keeping-two-turtles-together.15062/

    Below are some of the standard posts and threads we ask new members to have a look at. Please read them as they are very important.

    Please read the 'AFT Turtle Care Guide' :arrowright: AFT Freshwater Turtle Care Guide

    The following is essential reading Quick Reference Guide :arrowright: How To Set Up An Aquarium For Turtles and Feeding Guide

    To understand why we make the recommendations that we do in the Care Guide
    please read this informative post :arrowright: 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 :arrowright: Skin Infections

    After that, you can read the Most Common Mistakes made by novice keepers thread here :arrowright: Common Mistakes

    If your turtle is sick or injured and needs dry-docking :arrowright: 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 :arrowright: Gravel Blockage-Very sick turtle!

    How to measure the
    Straight Carapace Length (SCL) of a Turtle's Shell :arrowright: 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.
     
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  3. Aussiepride83

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    G'day Nathan and :aftwelcome:
     
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  4. Nathan Dockett

    Nathan Dockett Hatchling Turtle

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    Hey Guys, much appreciate for the feedback on the post, will make sure I read all the important information!

    Cheers, Nathan
     
  5. Aussiepride83

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    Good on you mate, it's great that you're doing this the right way around. Far too many people get a turtle first then start to try and work out how to care for it.

    As far as compiling your own turtle care sheet goes, if you've been getting random "facts" etc off Google or the likes thereof, I'd suggest not wasting your time as the information would in fact be misinformation. Craig and I have a combined 6 decades in this game, we've already done the fieldwork for you and categorised it appropriately in the user friendly AFT care guides.

    All you have to do, is read. :)
    Don't hesitate to ask questions.

    Enjoy.
     
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  6. Nathan Dockett

    Nathan Dockett Hatchling Turtle

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    OK! Will do, I did make the little book mainly for my own enjoyment, but if it's false information I'd rather turn it into a turtle photo gallery! (That was my second idea) Thank you so much for your awesome feedback! :)
    Cheers, Nathan