Amphibians

Meet Tolkien the Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle, common name for a medium-sized aquatic turtle found from southern Canada and the Pacific Northwest to the southeastern United States. Painted turtles have red markings along the margins of the carapace (upper shell) and yellow or red stripes on the neck, legs, and tail. The carapace is smooth, flattened, and oval and up to 25 cm (up to 10 in) long. Females are usually larger than males.
Painted turtles prefer slow-moving, shallow ponds, marshes, and lakes with aquatic vegetation and sites for basking in the sun. They forage in the water for plants and animals, both living and dead, on the bottom and among clumps of aquatic vegetation. Painted turtles are most active from March through October and are usually dormant during the winter. Females mature in six to eight years. Mating occurs from March to June. Between May and July, females lay two to five clutches of eggs, each clutch containing 4 to 23 eggs. Painted turtles are popular pets.

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Gandolf and Golum ar African Clawed Frogs/Frodo and Mordor are Albino African Clawed Frogs

African Clawed Frog Facts


The African Clawed Frog (Xenopus Laevis) is a common frog found in captivity today. However, there is not a lot of information available for the frog owner.  This site will give you some basic information on caring for your frog

There are many kinds of frogs that people keep as pets. I currently own three friendly aquatic African Clawed Frogs. These frogs are 100% aquatic. (see photos) They are not frogs that can survive in captivity outside of the aquarium. (at least not in some areas) They are rather aggressive; therefore, an individual should be careful when placing them in tanks with fish.  If the fish is smaller than they are, they may become dinner.  I have my 2 frogs in a 55 gallon tank with rather large goldfish. They all get along great! They can be fed a variety of foods.  I suggest Krill, as they love it. I give mine blood worms, meal worms, wax worms, shrimp pellets, and Reptomin sticks.  I have found that they become friendly over time and will take food from your hands. These frogs tend to shed (click to read more about this) repeatedly, so a good filtration system is needed. (there is alot of debate on this issue) They are very active frogs and quite the escape artists; therefore, make sure that there are no holes they could squeeze through. I learned the hard way, fortunately I found my frog in time and she survived.  Just be careful!!!

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