I have a tortoise they are different from a turtle. The tortoise who's name is Rainbow is called a sulcatta they will get about 200lbs, when full grown. They need sunlight to metabilize their food and maintain a healthy shell they are vegetarians they eat romain lettuce peas carrots beans corn apples peaches. I also soak in warm water once aday it helps them go to the bathroom plus they can drink from it. If it gets cold where you are and they cannot be outside in the sun you need to get a uv light artifial sun. We have a place for him/her inside as well as outside depending on the weather. You cannot tell there sex until they are 5 years old ours is about 2 1/2 years old.They are one of the torts that do not hibernate. They love to dig in dirt. You have to make sure that they eat grasses also but not grass that has been fertilized. They are very neat animals everybody thinks oh just a tort. but when you learn about them they are facinating. Torts grow fast so that is neat also, much faster than a turtle. Turtles I am not real familiar with however I know many breeds need heat water rocks, filter light source etc. The tort does not smell at all. Box turtles we had when I was growing up they were neat pets too. now that I have the tort. I just am facinated with it.Seems like alot of work but they really are no trouble once you get set up. If you are interested further I can give you my e-amil or give me yours.Just remember if you decide on a turtle or tort that they are captive bred because they can carry salmonella(sp) or have respiratory problems. My poodle had gotten ahold of Rainbow about 3 weeks ago nobody thought he was going to make it but so far so good he is doing great thanks to all th great people on this site that said a prayer and asked about him.Let me know if I can help you further
Thanks Poodleprint. The turtles I am looking at need a big tank and filter and UV light etc etc. Might wait until I move into a different house until I get one so I can have a pond separate from my dog's area. I am going to have a look at them tomorrow at the pet shop. Luckily they are $99 each so there won't be any impulsive buying!! If I need anymore info, I know where to go! Thanks.