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 #447572


Leroy
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 Rock Eaters??

I keep catching my terrapins chewing on pebbles in the bottom of the tank!?

Is that normal? do they eat them??

Hope not
Leroy



08/19/05  03:23pm

 #447608


Chalscripta
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  Message To: Leroy   In reference to Message Id: 447572


 Rock Eaters??

In some cases it is normal but not good for them. If the rocks are small enough they will swallow them which can cause major problems. Get bigger rocks like lake or river stones and remove the rocks you can also not use any rocks at all which some people do.



08/19/05  03:52pm

 #447646


Leroy
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  Message To: Chalscripta   In reference to Message Id: 447608


 Rock Eaters??

is there another alternative so that it still looks natural but they dont eat íem?



08/19/05  04:21pm

 #447688


Chalscripta
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  Message To: Leroy   In reference to Message Id: 447646


 Rock Eaters??

Yeah like I said bigger rocks, lakes stones and river stones are larger and natural looking.



08/19/05  04:54pm

 #447962


Mat
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  Message To: Chalscripta   In reference to Message Id: 447688


 Rock Eaters??

you could try sand aswell as its less likely to compact it might just b the turtles eatinmg some food on the bottom of the floor.

Burkey and soon



08/19/05  09:55pm

 #447969


Mista ochiss
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  Message To: Mat   In reference to Message Id: 447962


 Rock Eaters??

I researched this topic and found that it is perfically normal for terripans to eat rocks. While the reason is unknown the turtles should have no problem digesting the rocks.



08/19/05  10:02pm

 #448195


TurtleBites
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  Message To: Mista ochiss   In reference to Message Id: 447969


 Rock Eaters??

do not use sand at all..most care sheets will tell you the same.



08/20/05  01:15am

 #448313


Reptilelady
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  Message To: TurtleBites   In reference to Message Id: 448195


 Rock Eaters??

I do not suggest small rocks ..... If it is small enough for them to eat it is too small for them to be in the tank . Natural or not ...... rocks donít break down to be digested ! In the wild they may eat them but they also donít have a human there to protect them from impaction either .



08/20/05  07:41am

 #448320


Shelli
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  Message To: Reptilelady   In reference to Message Id: 448313


 Rock Eaters??

When I started to keep RES many years ago I was told by the petshop that small pebbles were fine, I learned the hard way, I lost my first three turtles to impaction, please take the advice of the experienced keepers here...... better to be safe than sorry. Rule of thumb is anything that can fit into the turts mouth and shouldnít be eaten shouldnít be in the tank!!!



08/20/05  08:12am

 #448673


Leroy
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  Message To: Shelli   In reference to Message Id: 448320


 Rock Eaters??

bit worried now!

I keep catching them chewing bits of tiny rock but then spitting them out (not sure if they eat them?)

Is it ok to have a clear tank bottom? anyone got any pics of there setup for hints??



08/20/05  04:07pm

 #448710


Chalscripta
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  Message To: Leroy   In reference to Message Id: 448673


 Rock Eaters??

Turtles can not digest rocks if they are lucky they pass them through but most of the time the rocks will sit in there stomachs and inevitably cause impaction. Remove the rocks replace them with larger stones that your turtle will not be able to fit into its mouth.



08/20/05  04:48pm

 #448765


Mista ochiss
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  Message To: Chalscripta   In reference to Message Id: 448710


 Rock Eaters??

Heres what i found- i dont know if its true or not though-

20) Our turtle seems to be eating rocks on the bottom of her tank! What do we do about this?
[Jody Karlin] Nothing, it is normal behavior for some species to consume gravel ie..Diamondback Terrapins do it religiously. Although the exact reason for this is open to debate, the most prevalent theory is that the gravel aids in the digestive process. Donít worry about blockage, they will "pass the stones", so to speak.

Go to - http://www.tortoisetrust.org/care/faq.html#rock



08/20/05  05:46pm

 #448768


Mista ochiss
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  Message To: Chalscripta   In reference to Message Id: 448710


 Rock Eaters??

Heres what i found- i dont know if its true or not though-

20) Our turtle seems to be eating rocks on the bottom of her tank! What do we do about this?
[Jody Karlin] Nothing, it is normal behavior for some species to consume gravel ie..Diamondback Terrapins do it religiously. Although the exact reason for this is open to debate, the most prevalent theory is that the gravel aids in the digestive process. Donít worry about blockage, they will "pass the stones", so to speak.

Go to - http://www.tortoisetrust.org/care/faq.html#rock



08/20/05  05:47pm

 #448955


Chalscripta
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  Message To: Mista ochiss   In reference to Message Id: 448768


 Rock Eaters??

Yup that about sumís it up that article is right no one knows the exact reason why they do it the speculation is that it is used by some turtles to aid digestion but more specifically to aid it by using the rocks to crush or grind things which just one of my theories but it is unknown why exactly they do it. The fact is there is a great chance of impaction or rupture in the stomach if the rock is oddly shaped, jagged or to large to pass. Safest thing to do remove the gravel or small rocks use larger lake or river stones. This odd behavior can be seen in many different types of turtles in captivity it should be avoided and prevented. A good way to gage which rocks are adequate simply compare the to the size of the rock to size of your turtles head either get rocks that are as big or twice as big as your turtles head depending on species.



08/20/05  08:31pm


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