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moving with turtles in water

dh has three turtles, red ear sliders. We are moving five hours away and have no idea how to move them that far. We have to leave them in water. I'm just worried about them getting bumped around so much they die or something. And we have to keep one of them separated because he tries to eat the eyes of the other two. Anyone ever moved with turtles before???

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Asked by jedwards2009 at 11:00 AM on Sep. 25, 2010 in Pets

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  • i've moved with a quarter sized asian green turtle from the beach 5 hrs in a tupperware with airholes, and he lasted pretty well. they will be a little shocked and masy not eat on the move but offer food anyway then clean it out.. just dont let them get too hot or dry. put them on the footspaces of the backseats maybe of yourcar or truck. or hol don your lap! cover with a screen so they dont escape. i have moved with a ferret for an eight hour trip and he lasted another 6 years so things should be okay. also a hamster and he made it 8 hrs another time. Dont have any objects in their tray or carrier because if you stop short those things could crush them if they move in momentum. you cant actually soothe a turtle but maybe chaneg their water out a couple times on the trip for freshness and their comfort. (i almost became a vet)

    Answer by silverelf at 11:07 AM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • no sorry that i cant help.

    Answer by ladybug36519 at 12:44 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • They do not HAVE to be in water-the move is not that long. Put them each in a sperate rubber mmadr container with a wash towl or some thing on the bottom (so they can grip and not slid everywhere) and put holes in the top. This is how we used to transport/ship the aquatic turtles when I worked in a pet store. Pack them up as close to when you heading out the door as possible and get them in a tank or a little water as soon as you can, but a 5 hour span in no water is not a big deal.

    Answer by Carajust at 9:34 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • *seperate rubbermaid container* I am having typing issues tonight :)

    Answer by Carajust at 9:35 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • You can take them out of the water & they will be fine. They do not need to be in water 24/7.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 9:26 AM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • yes u can take them out of water..... just put them in seperate containers with maybe a tiny bit of water, they will be fine.

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 9:43 PM on Oct. 3, 2010

  • I have never moved a turtle...I did move from Oklahoma to Oregon with a beta fish in a cup in my cupholder....couldn't believe he lived!


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:12 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

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