By - applepie11723
It’s a painted turtle. I have one identical in looks, and it’s about the same size. Everybody here clearly doesn’t know how to use google for basic sizes. Painted turtles at most get 7-8 inches.
You do however need more water. Mine has 10 gallons of water per inch, filtration system, heating lamp, basking area, & a water heater.
Painted turtle , looks small for 30 yrs old and the small front claws mean most likely a female.
Yeah we've been thinking it was a female for a little while now, also this is a bad pic because it wouldn't stop moving lol, but it's about 7-8 inches long head to tail.
She so beautiful! What a wonderful thing to care for a pet for 30 years! She must be so special!
That's pretty small for a turtle that old
Painted turtles only get 6-7 inches normally. Source: 1.) I have one as well, same size. 2.) Google is your friend.
It depends on the turtle though. Not all turtles get big some stay pretty small. It looks normal for that type of turtle.
It's a res that's been in a tiny tank it's entire life
"Large western painted turtles rarely exceed 8 inches in length, and southern painted turtles are not normally larger than 6 inches. Eastern and midland painted turtles are in between, maxing out at around 7 inches."
8 inches is the same as 0.41 'Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350s' laid widthwise by each other.
8 inches is 20.32 cm
Well it is, idk how big its suposed to be :/
Female painted and when you can, get a bigger tank. She needs 10 gallons per inch of shell and double that for the filter
Yeah, shes in a 20 or 25 gal rn, with a 30 gal filter
I figure. If budget is the reason, maybe get a kiddie pool and the filter for then new tank when you can.
She’s a female eastern painted turtle. If she was a male the front claws would be longer.
Ok then, that makes sence for her to be female then ty!
Female eastern painted turtle. You can tell by the small gap in the scutes on the top of the shell. 30 years old, wow. Good on you for keeping it in the family.
Ty, yeah we love her, shes always been really nice and eager to see people, I just hope she lives as long and happily a life as we can give her
30 years? That turtle looks to be in great shape.
Yeah, we did the math today. She got her when she was 12, hes about 29 or 30 rn. Ty, yeah ik he still gets around pretty fine, and swims really well :D
It's a painted turtle, because it looks like it has been painted on. And yes, this picture makes it look no more than 5 years old
Its definitely older than 5, we've had it for as long as I've been alive at least wich is 19yrs, my mother got it when she was about 16. It has been in tanks all of its life, but it's not like we can make a pond for it now, or have the room for anything bigger than 15gal rn
I honestly have no idea how this turtle is alive being in a 15gal with that much water in it for 30 years
A lot of people don’t know how to care for turtles. It’s very sad. And even when some people do, they don’t make the changes necessary to provide it with a good life. It’s unfortunate how many people will get a turtle and not do a damn bit of research about its care needs…
We know his life could be better and he we definitely would get him a bigger tank if we could. Hes been a part of my life sence before I was even born, we let him out sometimes so he doesn't get too bored we hope. We always make sure his water filter and water never get cloudy and when we do tank cleaning we also clean him by hand, wich hes always exited for. He has loved a long life at the very least and has never tried to bite us ever, so I cant say that if hes happy or not but, he has definitely made me and my family very happy. My mother told me that she got him when she was 12 so there wasnt very many options for research available to her at the time.
I would really try and do the bare minimum for how much water is needed for every inch of the shell. Cause I mean even then tho... your sticking them in a tank so even if you do everything your supposed to, it's still not the most extravagant life compared to the wild. So do what you can
But you can do research now and give him a better life. It's very telling that you say he provides you happiness but you don't know or care if he's happy. Imagine living your life in a closet. Poor thing. Do the right thing for the poor little thing you've been torturing for 30 years
The turtle is perfectly fine and happy-- they do show signs of distress, and you can tell when they are unhappy. If the turtle was in distress for the last 30 years, it would not be alive. Furthermore, a 25 gallon tank for a fully grown painted turtle is absolutely fine. You're not helping anyone by pretending to have psychic powers and being cruel.
It's not absolutely fine but it's okay I suppose. Still agreeing with you here overall tho
I agree with the other comment, stfu for a bit and try not to be so harsh. There's better ways to be constructive
Yeah my bad I just asked her and she said it was a 25gal, but yeah we cant get him a huge tank. And we know that his growth is most likely stunted. I'm just glad hes lived this long and is still seems to be doing fine.
25 gallon is much better than 15! Awesome. She (*the claws mean female, 99% chance*) does need more water though. Also follow the other basic tips re: heater and such. Her growth isn't all that stunted for a painted turtle, so don't worry about that at all.
Ok yeah figured it was a girl, and it's hard to tell from this pic but the tank is at least half way full so she can swim freely in most of it. Also she does have about a 9 my 10 flat rock right underneath a big lamp for her to bask in, we dont have a heater in it but it never gets to cold in our house (living in the south and all lol), but it would still be better if we did so maybe in the future we will. Also she swims around a LOT during the day, so I hope that's a good omen for her health? Do you know how long they usually live, like I said shes around 30 or 29 rn, so how much longer do you think she has?
Yes, swimming a lot is a good sign for sure! And if she's 30 years old she's got another roughly 35 more years. They live to around 60 or 65 in perfect conditions.
I imagine you or your fam may have this turtle still when you are pushing 50 or 55 years old yourself!
OMG WOW, I had no clue they lived that long, that is really good news. So shes about middle aged, I always thaught it was weird that she didnt look too old, but i guess i should have figured as much sence she IS a turtle. I've also got two spin thighed tortoises we keep outside that graze, we got them about 7 years ago when they were just babies and they might outlive me lol.
IMO as long as it’s not injured and you’re doing as much as you can, there isn’t much more to do to help
Stop spreading misinformation on a turtle you clearly know nothing about. Please do better if you want to help the community.
i also had a turtle that lived to be 10 and she was also an eastern painted who stayed fairly small. idk why or what happened but that turtle lived off of vitamins and fresh shrimp and she was constantly happy and allowed us to give her pets without attempting to bite. a very chill lady. we joke that pets in hispanic households live the longest out of any other ethnic group 🤣
Thx, fr these ppl need to calm down jeez
Everyone thinks they're a veteran herpetologist on here
What region do you live in? The north, south, east, or west, it's definitely a painted turtle but it varies on what kind depending where it's from
im gonna assume from the spots and the shell, its an eastern painted turtle?
We live in the south part of the US, that's also where the turtle came from
Southern painted turtles usually have a white stripe down their back, at least the younger ones do, and overall are the smallest painted turtle breed
Eastern painted turtle