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Ok...Start off with basic care sheets.
Found some good ones for you-
http://www.reptileforums.com/care_sheets......ider.htm
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilest......care.htm
and the super duper uber datailed
http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/ca......ider.htm

Fortunately Red Eared Sliders are pretty basic beginner level turtles, fairly low maintenance. (I worked in a couple of zoos with herps of all sorts, and compared to others, really easy)
Never dealt with a two headed critter that might have special needs, but I know the basics. Definately talk to a herpitologist and have the number for a good reptillian vet for any special needs.
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THANKS!!! I'm up now watching them like a newborn!!! I'm going to have a nervous breakdown until some time passes.......... Smile
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Well......I didn't say anything, because I was depressed for a week.....but the 2 headed 5 legged turtle died. He was sick from the time I got him and died 3 days later. The good news is that I just got another 2 headed turtle (not with 5 legs) and he's looking healthy and happy. Wish me luck on this one!!!!
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What are you going to do with the one that died?

Where did you find another one?

How common are these?

Thanks
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I've preserved them in a jar. I got this newest one from Florida......they are pretty common. You would be suprised. So far, these guys are eating well and are well coordinated. Wish them well!!!!!
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Hi T-Ray,

I don't suppose you have a picture of your new pet(s)... I wasn't sure whether to use the singular or the plural.

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I do! If you want to pm your email to me, I could send you a picture. I also have some of the one that died.
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My new 2 headed turtle hasn't eaten in 5 days....any advice?
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What are you feeding it? Pellets? Live Goldfish? The pellets really are the best.
Check it's water temp, water quality and PH, make sure it has a good basking light. Reptiles can't digest food without an external heat source that supplies UVB light. Put your hand on top of the basking log or rock. If it is too hot to touch, then you need to move your light source back, if it stays cool to the touch, your heat source needs to be closer. the basking area should be warm to the touch but not hot.
Try feeding it in the water. They can't swallow their food unless they are in the water.
Other tricks- You need smellier or more active food to entice it. Dip the turtle pellets in tunafish juice, offer small pieces of uncooked shrimp and bits of strawberry or rasberry. If all else fails (This is a small turtle, right?) try a small feeder guppy just barely away from the edge of the water. The smell and the flipping of the fish should entice it.
If it goes on for more than a couple more days, get ahold of a herpitologist or reptile vet.
Hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything I can do or if you have any questions. This is a very special critter.
Best of luck...(And I'd love to see a picture...My e-mail is in my tag)
Gwyd
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Flies, grubs and meal worms. LIVE and moving. Turtles CAN go a long time without food but should react aggressively to LIVE movement.
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Thanks for the help guys....they seem to be strong, just not eating. They are sleeping alot. I've put all types of food in front of them...blood worms(they originally loved these), 3 types of pellets, dried shrimp, crickets (live and dead), meal worms.....they won't eat. The vet said I should try to open their mouth and squeeze some blood worm juice in their mouth. How do I check the ph? I guess I need a kit. Do you know what ph it should be?
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Here is a 2 headed 6 legged tortise. It is housed in Chinese Garden here in Singapore, which has the World Largest Turtle collection.

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They are incredible!!! My two headed turtle is still ALIVE and seems to be getting well. Wish me luck!!! Did I mention the other turtle I got? ONE-EYED JACK THE CYCLOPS TURTLE!!!! Born with only ONE EYE in the MIDDLE OF IT'S HEAD!!!! I meant to also let ya'll know of a first......a Three Headed Turtle was born, but died.....now that's one for the books!!!!!
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Well, the little guys died..............I guess I'll have to keep trying. These little guys have a hard time making it. I'll let ya'll know if I get one to live. D@&%!!!
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Hate to hear it T-Ray. I have been following the thread and pulling for 'em. Wishing you sucess in the future'
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Any problems with the one eyed turtle? Sorry to hear about the others.
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ONE-EYED JACK IS ALIVE AND HEALTHY!!!!! THANKS FOR ASKING!!! On another note, next week my TWO HEADED CALF arrives!! A full bodied taxidermy of one of the WEIRDEST 2 HEADED CREATURES I have ever seen!!!
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