Hi. I've been meaning to check in with this group for some time, and tell you that advice gleaned here was helpful in raising my first batch of rescued hatchling painted turtles.
I don't know if anybody would recall, but I dug up 16 of them 2 Thanksgivings ago in my driveway. Several died of what seems like metabolic bone disease (did I get that right? soft shells?), but ten were aggressive eaters and grew and grew and were quite a crowd by that spring.
In consideration of suggestions that they might not be equipped for outdoor use in the wild having been raised in captivity and hand-fed, I moved them out into the goldfish pond in the yard for much of last summer. It was amazing: immediately when they were outside, they started acting like wild turtles. They could see me even when I was a ridiculous distance away (even on the roof with binoculars), and would dive off their logs and rocks and hide on the bottom. I fed them every day still, but they got lots of outside bugs and the minnows I got at the bait shop and put in there disappeared pretty steadily with no trace.

It was pretty damned dry here last year, so I had to trudge quite a ways back into the woods to find a sizable body of water attached to the one their mom came from, next to a beaver dam, and released all but one of the ten, late in the summer.
Along the way, I did purchase a fancy UV-B bulb and calcium/Vitamin "D" supplements as recommended here. The ones who thrived, gloried in basking under that bulb and ate everything I gave them, dipped in vitamin powder or not. The other ones just sort of wilted and didn't survive. Hey, I figure they're doing better than they would have left in the frozen mud and crawling 500'-plus to the nearest water when they were the size of quarters.
I only ended up with 6 new ones this year (yes, the same female left them on the back of my earth-covered house, unlikely to survive (I've dug up little dead ones when planting flowers in the spring)), and I'm already down to 4, and one maybe two of those look a little wilty. But it's still great fun, and I'm hoping this nursery business goes on for years to come. The 2-inch monster left over from last year is a perfect specimen, and will be hard to give up to the swamp next summer but months of being inside again hasn't gotten him over his wild-turtle skittishness. Which I guess is a good thing.
So anyway, thanks and you're invited to take a look at the pictures at http://customer.wcta.net/buchner/turtles.html if you're so inclined.
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Hi. I've been meaning to check in with this group for some time, and tell you that advice gleaned here was helpful in raising my first batch of rescued hatchling painted turtles.

COOL! I remember you, thanks for the update!
So anyway, thanks and you're invited to take a look at the pictures at http://customer.wcta.net/buchner/turtles.html if you're so inclined.

Looks like that should be:
http://customer.wcta.net/buchner/pictures/turtles/turtdex.html

I'd almost forgotten how adorable your turtle pics were, nice to see some new ones and thanks for posting them. Emotion: smile
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
Hi. I've been meaning to check in with this group for some time, and tell you that advice gleaned here ... So anyway, thanks and you're invited to take a look at the pictures at http://customer.wcta.net/buchner/turtles.html if you're so inclined.

Great photos!
be careful who you tell about "raising them up" though, I got flamed last year for raising up a batch of treefrog eggs and releasing them into my yard (all native ones, of course.)
-cat
Oh, they are SO CUTE! I remember you too, and the line of babies on the log. Congratulations for saving them and turning them back to nature! )
Cindy
I remember the pics! I have some of them saved when you posted them. Glad to hear your turtle adventure is going on!
Anna
Aww, how cute! I loved the turtle pyramid! I remember when you found them as well. How great of you to remember to post an update!
be careful who you tell about "raising them up" though, I

...like me. Emotion: smile Or any wildlife department officials.
Looks like that should be: http://customer.wcta.net/buchner/pictures/turtles/turtdex.html I'd almost forgotten how adorable your turtle pics were, nice to see some new ones and thanks for posting them. :)

Yep, thanks for the correction. That's what I get for trying to remember my own organization scheme without looking. And, thanks I'm glad you like my turtles.
be careful who you tell about "raising them up" though, I got flamed last year for raising up a batch of treefrog eggs and releasing them into my yard (all native ones, of course.)

Why?
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