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Post Posted: 02:08pm - Nov 19,15 
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My 3 year old has been asking (for 11 months) for a turtle for Christmas.. Been doin a little research.. First step TERRARIUM! If anyone has a terrarium that they want to get rid of or sell please let me know! Also if you have any input on pet turtles that would be wonderful. :rotflmao

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Post Posted: 02:26pm - Nov 19,15 
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I've got a 10 gal. tank you're welcome to located in Warrenville Il. Has some gravel in it. Had a turtle in it. 8:00 am- 4:00 PM weekdays.

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Post Posted: 02:39pm - Nov 19,15 
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PM Sent. They have an all animal expo, aka the reptile swap the 1st saturday and 3rd sunday of every month at the dupage county fair grounds. I was there last sunday, lots of variety to choose from. Just a heads up, turtles smell. Your going to have to clean the cage a minimum of once a week, if not more. A land turtle or tortoise might be the way to go, although they have a pretty long life span. Mops

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http://allanimalexpo.com/

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Post Posted: 04:24pm - Nov 19,15 
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team danjer wrote:
I've got a 10 gal. tank you're welcome to located in Warrenville Il. Has some gravel in it. Had a turtle in it. 8:00 am- 4:00 PM weekdays.


Looking for something a bit bigger I think. Thanks so much for the offer! :thanks

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http://allanimalexpo.com/


Awesome mops! I'll be there next event! Thank you!

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Post Posted: 06:30pm - Nov 19,15 
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Mops is dead on with his advice. DuPage grounds are off of County Farm Rd. and Westminster.

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Used to have a 55 gallon with 2 turtles (found on the road while driving) when I was about 11. So much fun. My dad built a box for the yard too with chicken wire so they can live outside in the summer. Painted turtles are the way to go. Mops is dead on tho they are a pain to clean up after. Can I suggest a toad? We had those too and they are much cleaner and are just as much fun. Especially when you have 10 and you throw 4 dozen crickets in the tank haha

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Post Posted: 06:58pm - Nov 19,15 
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I know someone who still has an AMC Pacer that he might want to get rid of...

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Post Posted: 11:52am - Nov 20,15 
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Water turtles are messy. Get the largest tank you can deal with. Length and width are more important than height. A 40B (36"L x 18"W x 12"H if I remember correctly) would be a good start. A filter is a must too. Get one that's rated for a tank 2-3 times as large as the tank you get.

Box turtles (land only) are a lot cleaner. They do live a long time though.

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Thanks guys. We were definitely looking to get a box turtle. Thanks for all the info and advice.. Keep it coming if you have any more!

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Another rather stinky but fun reptile for a terrarium is a garter snake. We had 2 and kept the tank half water. Throw goldfish in and they would go fishing for them.

Also, yes they are a pain in a way but they are way more interesting and fun for a kid than a box turtle. For me as a kid I always wanted the feelings to be as cool as possible.

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Post Posted: 07:33am - Nov 21,15 
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If your sold on a reptile then I would suggest a chameleon. They are easy to take care of and will require less tank cleanings. In addition, you can put a few in a smaller rank and not be concerned about them over growing the tank.

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Post Posted: 08:00am - Nov 21,15 
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A chameleon is not a good starter pet, not to mention that they bite a lot more. For a three year old, a box turtle is a good pet. Mops

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Post Posted: 09:19am - Nov 23,15 
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mops7 wrote:
A chameleon is not a good starter pet, not to mention that they bite a lot more. For a three year old, a box turtle is a good pet. Mops


Agreed, but I'm assuming the Dr. was referring to Anoles and not chameleons.

I think aquatic turtles are too big to be kept in most aquariums. I would suggest looking into small lizards, frogs, toads, salamanders, or newts. It's really cool to get tadpoles or water dogs and watch the metamorphosis. Plus, they'll do well in a smaller home aquarium. Garter snakes are cool, but they're also escape artists. Sorry about that mom...

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Post Posted: 02:38pm - Nov 9,16 
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I have a 45 gal bow front set up on a nice stand as a herpatarium. It houses 3 dart frogs. I am about ready to part with it if you are interested. $100 for the whole set-up.

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Post Posted: 05:56pm - Nov 9,16 
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Shoot me a PM, I have a 40 gallon.

And I agree with Mops, box turtles are great pets. My daughter grew up with one that eventually wondered around her bedroom when she was home. Had it for almost 15 years.

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