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New Giant Mexican Musk - Staurotypus triporcatus + Name Suggestions

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  1. Parais11

    Parais11 Active Member

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    Absolutely gorgeous, looks like a girl I used to know in school....! Her name was
    Fredericka
    Petrona
    Clyde
    Stinky Poo
    Whiff
    Plonk
    Burp
    Poof
    Puff
    Andromeda.
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    HAHAHAHA
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    Beautiful! They are on my list for sure!
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    In the second picture I thought of Jabba the Hut. Very beautiful turtle
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    Beautiful! :):<3::<3::<3:
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    I’m having a hard time getting her to eat any sort of pellets. Tried a bunch of different ones. Hikari, omega one, Mazuri, zoomed, sinking, floating. Nothing. Only thing it eats is chopped up frozen thawed silversides. Any advice. I really want her to eat pellets. Should I just hover her time. Should I withhold all other food?
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    Moozillion? Any of your valued thoughts on this?
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    More names:

    Earth. I really like this one.

    Murky
    Squeegee
    Gazoo
    Quandary
    Enigma
    Rabble
    Madam Butterfly.
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    Awesome. Now I have to choose. Lol
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    Well, my musk turtle eats pellets happily, but my mud turtles- who are very similar in many ways to the musks- have been challenging at times.
    I know you want to feed pellets, but my turtle will happily assault and gobble down pretty much anything that moves. Earthworms, especially. I think I've read they have predator reflexes to attack and eat things that move. If you start your turtle with something live- earthworm, say, that may "prime the pump" so to speak and get her interested in eating.
    Do you know what she was eating before you got her?
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    Apparently I was told they were eating hikari turtle pellets But I’ve tried those she sniffed them and looks away I might try the tuna water soaking trick. Anybody have any luck with that
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    Never quit trying. You have the pellets anyway. Soaking them in the tuna water sounds good, as does priming the eating response with something wiggling. Your Turtle is beautiful!! El Guapo which is Spanish for Beautiful guy!
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    You can try slugs and, if you can get them, live pink mice or pink rats (newborns).
    Any bugs too like beetles or crickets may be attractive to him.
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    Call her Skippy, she looks like a skipping stone.
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    Hmmm. Now where did I see a scene like that recently? It was rather unfortunate for the poor turtle!
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    Hehehehe
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    Beautiful turtle. I like the name Puff someone listed. She's quite puffy looking in a good way.
    As for feeding, try stuffing some pellets in the silversides as many as possible. Maybe once she gets the taste of them she will willingly eat them.
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    Great little tort
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