Eastern painted turtles are excellent for small tanks or larger community set ups. Once over three inches they make fine additions for outdoor ponds.
True omnivores, they will eat most water plants, pellets, insects, fish, worms crustaceans, romaine lettuce and meat. These very colorful turtles will quickly learn to come to feeding hands, love to bask, and stay quite active. An excellent choice for beginning and intermediate keepers.
Very happy, turtle is active, turtle appears to be very healthy.
This review will be through, because there were a lot of things I wondered about before purchasing, and I wish someone had answered all my "concerned mom" (tbh borderline crazy lady) questions.
I ordered a "well started hatchling" from the Turtle source last week on Friday. Nick was able to assist with some shipping concerns to make sure UPS was directed to properly deliver my turtle to the door of my apartment by email within maybe 3 hours.
I also got a phone call on Monday to discuss the best day for shipping due to thw summer weather, and we decided on Thursday (yesterday) for delivery. Dizzy was dropped off on time, around 10:15 am, and was active the moment the box was opened. The packing was done very well-insulated, breathing holes, well marked.
He/she is incredibly tiny-roughly 1 inch in carapace length, maybe slightly smaller.
There are no chips or imperfections on the shell. The shell appears healthy, eyes are bright, etc. There are 2 small black marks on the Plastron. This is the only "unusual"/"not text book" marking. I actually quite like it, and hope it stays. It gives him/her character. Other than that, dizzy looks like the textbook images of an Eastern painted turtle.
In every review I've seen on YouTube, turtles/hatchlings immediately go in the water once placed in the enclosure and then refuse to bask for a few days as they "settle in" to the new home. I expected this, but Dizzy is very content to bask and swim. Dizzy spent about an hour on the basking platform before swimming, and has been in and out of the water since.
Dizzy is currently in a 10 gallon hatchling set up with an above tank basking area made from egg crate. They have a cascade 400 internal filter, and a heater with a turtle gaurd. He/she has a lot of plastic and a few live plants to hang onto in the water, and is mainly utilizing the top 3rd of the tank. There's also a lot of driftwood and smaller slate caves in the bottom of the tank.
Today we picked up a used 60 gallon tank and stand with a fluval x canister filter that will be the adult home. Dizzy will be hanging out in the 10 gallon until he/she is a bit of a stronger swimmer and utilizing all of the space in the 10 gallon.
Because I'm slightly paranoid, I did make a vet appointment for Dizzy next Saturday Aug 7, and plan to take him/her yearly for checkups. The exotics vet near me charges $104 for the visit. I don't expect them to have any concerns, but will just feel better getting him/her checked out. If there are vet concerns I will update this review after the appointment to explain concerns and next steps. Dizzy did eat for me this morning. I will say the pellets that are included are really big. If you're following the "hallow head" method for pellets, that's only 1 pellet for this turtle. Dizzy had to chase the food around and break off little bits at a time to eat. This didn't seem to be an issue, and was quite amusing, but I do plan to get some zoomed hatchling formula pellets to use until the included pellets are a more manageable size.
Not sure yet. Received a turtle Weds. today is Friday. Not eaten yet, noted today appears to peeling skin off inside her mouth. Will watch and contact company Monday.