Yea for me! A new reptile store has opened near my house, so I no longer have to drive an hour for turtle stuff. Well, im excited. All the critters look healthy and (look as if they) are well cared for. They have some turtles and I am thinking of getting another one. (too darn cute to pass up!, and you can't just have ONE can you? g ) They have rare "mar turtles?" I forget the correct title, but the ones that look like a rock and a bug made love. Interesting...

They also have cute "pink bottomed side necks," which I have never seen before, as well as a mud turtle? I know nothing about the mud, but he was quite the flirt.
I'm trying to decide between a painted turtle and a cooter. Leaning towards the painted.. but any suggestions? Which one stays smaller?

Thanks,
Andee
Yea for me! A new reptile store has opened near my house, so I no longer have to drive an ... between a painted turtle and a cooter. Leaning towards the painted.. but any suggestions? Which one stays smaller? Thanks, Andee

I am not sure about the first turtle you metioned, but I can agree with Ryan about the Mud Turtle. Mud turtles are a small species with a tenacious attitude. They are not typical all that shy, but not really friendly either. My soon has a White Cheeked Mud Turtle. He has had him for 5 years now. Most mud turtles are not that brightly colored, and I believe that is one of the only reasons why they are not commonly seen in pet stores. They would be so much better than a red ear slider!
They also have cute "pink bottomed side necks," which I have never seen before, as well as a mud turtle? ... between a painted turtle and a cooter. Leaning towards the painted.. but any suggestions? Which one stays smaller? Thanks, Andee

I'd say a mud turtle might be the easiest choice. They stay a small size and are not picky about habitats. They also have a pretty good temperment. There is a nasty horribly polluted drainage ditch full of trash and old tires in the middle of downtown dallas with a thriving population of muds. That gives you an idea of how picky they are not.
Ryan