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Habitat question! I just noticed several tiny bugs (not worms) dead in my turtle's water, and upon closer inspection they appear to be in his bedding as well. I removed the water so he doesn't accidentally ingest any and will clean the cage first thing in the morning. I have no idea how these little bugs got in there, though there is one leaf that must have stuck to the pool when I took it outside to clean it. Could they have come from anywhere else, is there a way to avoid this in the future? from belovefreeindeed

belovefreeindeed:

littlefootdoesstuff:

Hmmm… can you describe the kind of bugs? There are a lot of bugs in Littlefoot’s terrarium (including worms… hoping they reproduce!) Then ones I had to look up were called spingtails. Tiny little white bugs that literally jump all over the place when you stir up the substrate. Unfortunately after the substrate is stirred a lot of them jump to their death in the water bowl. They help break down organic debris and are not harmful (even to plants!) So they are just like the rollie pollies except they are too tiny for Littlefoot to use as a food source. <br>
I’m not sure if they would have come from a single leaf, but it is possible! Many bugs seem to just show up! I physically put the rollie polies and worms in but the springtails showed up on their own after the terrarium was unused for a while over the summer. Fungus gnats have a nasty way of doing that too. They like to eat the roots of plants as I found out. They will show up if the soil stays moist enough for them to lay eggs and eat. If you ever have a problem with these, roliie pollies will do the trick!

Thankyou so much, I read that springtails are common and that Rollie pollies gobble them up, but I wasn’t sure what to make of that. If you say it’s a good idea I may try it if the bugs are reoccurring.

These bugs definitely weren’t springtails, they looked more like tiny little wood beetles. I found quite a few on hollowed out log he hides under. While they probably wouldn’t hurt him, I do keep the cage in my bedroom so I didn’t want those things around. I’ll get him a fake-wood hide out this week haha.

Fungus gnats! Had never heard of them, I have seen a few but Henry’s not too messy of an eater for a Boxie, so they don’t have much reason to stick around.

Thankyou again. :)

Rollie pollies gobble up springtails? I haven’t read that and the number of springtails in the tank drastically outnumbers the rollie pollies. Hmm.
I still don’t think wood beetles would be harmful, and I doubt they would get into your room since it’s probably not a suitable habitat. The only bugs I’ve experienced that would invade were the fungus gnats. They were attracted to the glow of my laptop.
As far as the fake wood hidey hut, do you think the bugs are under there for a food source or because it was dark? Something to think about. If it was just simply because it was dark you will probably find them under any hide you put in.

One more detail, the bedding I use is purchased in a sealed bag from PetSmart. I've never had an issue with this bedding before, and I haven't cleaned his tank in a while so I'm assuming if it was from the bedding I would have noticed sooner. from belovefreeindeed

It may have just been a bad bag if you’ve never had this problem before. The bag could have had eggs in it that didn’t hatch until recently. 


Habitat question! I just noticed several tiny bugs (not worms) dead in my turtle's water, and upon closer inspection they appear to be in his bedding as well. I removed the water so he doesn't accidentally ingest any and will clean the cage first thing in the morning. I have no idea how these little bugs got in there, though there is one leaf that must have stuck to the pool when I took it outside to clean it. Could they have come from anywhere else, is there a way to avoid this in the future? from belovefreeindeed

Hmmm… can you describe the kind of bugs? There are a lot of bugs in Littlefoot’s terrarium (including worms… hoping they reproduce!) Then ones I had to look up were called spingtails. Tiny little white bugs that literally jump all over the place when you stir up the substrate. Unfortunately after the substrate is stirred a lot of them jump to their death in the water bowl. They help break down organic debris and are not harmful (even to plants!) So they are just like the rollie pollies except they are too tiny for Littlefoot to use as a food source. <br>
I’m not sure if they would have come from a single leaf, but it is possible! Many bugs seem to just show up! I physically put the rollie polies and worms in but the springtails showed up on their own after the terrarium was unused for a while over the summer. Fungus gnats have a nasty way of doing that too. They like to eat the roots of plants as I found out. They will show up if the soil stays moist enough for them to lay eggs and eat. If you ever have a problem with these, roliie pollies will do the trick!


aconnecticutholiday:

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I did not. Michael found it in the woods but then set him free. My mom came home and was so mad because she wanted to keep him lol

Our sincere thanks for not keeping the turtle! :3 
You can tell your mom that you did the environment and the population a favor by setting him free back to where he came! Also it can be illegal to collect box turtles in some states. Again, thank you so much for being responsible!

specsthespectraldragon:

specsthespectraldragon:

Okay, people, I still need help with turtlefriend. Her eyes are still full of pus and swollen shut, and she remains uninterested in eating. I cannot access a reptile vet, and the wildlife rescue centers have not returned my calls. She is a wild turtle, so I cannot…

Ah, I missed this!

I’m on mobile right now, so once I get to the computer I’ll add pictures to this.

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belovefreeindeed:

littlefootdoesstuff:

heta-sims-pairings:

Spain. And the turtle. Who is called Tomatle~ 
…..I’m so creative.



We think it’s hilarious that The Sims have box turtles as a pet option. Their habitats aren’t half bad either! Missing a light though. (basking and UVB) 
Props to them though.

Yes! Sims can take different turtles from the wild, Box Turtles being one of he more common finds. And you have the option of cleaning the cage and turning the light on and off too, as you need to do in reality.



Wow, taking from the wild? I might just have to change my opinion. That is really horrible. It teaches people that if they can do it in the game, they can certainly do it in real life and that&#8217;s not right. Wild collection is never okay unless the turtle is in need of medical attention. It is so bad for the population&#8230; even if it is just a game. View Larger

belovefreeindeed:

littlefootdoesstuff:

heta-sims-pairings:

Spain. And the turtle. Who is called Tomatle~
…..I’m so creative.

We think it’s hilarious that The Sims have box turtles as a pet option. Their habitats aren’t half bad either! Missing a light though. (basking and UVB) Props to them though.

Yes! Sims can take different turtles from the wild, Box Turtles being one of he more common finds. And you have the option of cleaning the cage and turning the light on and off too, as you need to do in reality.

Wow, taking from the wild? I might just have to change my opinion. That is really horrible. It teaches people that if they can do it in the game, they can certainly do it in real life and that’s not right. Wild collection is never okay unless the turtle is in need of medical attention. It is so bad for the population… even if it is just a game.

How old are your turtles up for adoption? from supercari

mosleymoe:

They’re most likely in the 15-25 range.

We’re not exactly sure since we rescued them from one of my dad’s patients. The lady who used to own them was on her deathbed at the time, so we only have rough guesses from her family/prior conversations.

There are six turtles who’ve been raised together, they all get along great, but we’re not expecting any one person to take all six (it would be nice, but probably not a practical expectation). Five were hatched by the former owner, one was taken from the wild on one of the former owner’s roadtrips.

We are in the Southern California area, so that might be a consideration for anyone looking to adopt. c: