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Wanted - Terrapin

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months agoFeedback:117 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
My three year old daughter is tired of her fish and wants a Terrapin, I have rang a few local Pet Shops (Manchester), none stock them or even seem able to give advice on where to get them.

I know they grow large, but am looking to get a baby one initially, if anyone knows where I can get hold of one, please let me know!

Thanks
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months agoFeedback:117 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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#1
Dont buy them from dodgy websites! They are badly mistreated and get sent to you in the post!
#2
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A terrapin isn't really suited to a 3 y.o. !

And she will surely get bored of that as quickly as she did her fish, if she doesn't kill it first.

You need to say no to her.
#3
Zuulan
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A terrapin isn't really suited to a 3 y.o. !

And she will surely get bored of that as quickly as she did her fish, if she doesn't kill it first.

You need to say no to her.


The looking after of the pets is done by the Mrs, as is 70% of the wanting a Terrapin, the fish is moving to the tank downstairs.

I want an easy life, so a Terrapin is an easier option to giving in to the I want a cat, dog, horse etc!
#4
razta
Dont buy them from dodgy websites! They are badly mistreated and get sent to you in the post!


I can't belive they send them in the post, that's terrible!
#5
There is a pet shop in Preston that was selling them last time I was in! :) (great line in stick insects too! :-D)
#6
Buy her this fridge magnet instead.

http://www.terrapintank.co.uk/shop.php :-D

That site can provide you with suitable shops near you if you contact them.

After reading up on them there, I'm interested in having a couple myself, but as they live up to 30 years they would probably outlive me.
#7
Giving in ??- why cant people just say no to their kids -spoilt or what !
Totally irresponsible giving a pet to a 3 year old !
#8
catwoman
Giving in ??- why cant people just say no to their kids -spoilt or what !
Totally irresponsible giving a pet to a 3 year old !


I asked for a info off people for stockists of Terrapins, not parenting advice.
#9
be advised,touching a terrapin and not washing your hands after can give you salmonella.
we have one and the pet shop told us to be very carefull when handling,other wise go right ahead and get one they are really easy to look after:thumbsup:
1 Like #10
andimccann;2367434
I asked for a info off people for stockists of Terrapins, not parenting advice.


Here here. This guy wants a pet, not a lecture
#11
Asi said -not suitable for a kid that age !
Then you get tired of the terrapin , get something else , thenyou get tired of that -and so the chain of unwanted animals goes on and on .
An animal is for life -NOT till you or your kid gets bored with it !
No responsibility with some people- as long as little johnny/annie get what they want !
#12
catwoman
Asi said -not suitable for a kid that age !
Then you get tired of the terrapin , get something else , thenyou get tired of that -and so the chain of unwanted animals goes on and on .
An animal is for life -NOT till you or your kid gets bored with it !
No responsibility with some people- as long as little johnny/annie get what they want !


Don't take the fact you have irresponsible children out on HUKD, try Pampers.co.uk if you need to brush up on your parenting skills, this is a pet thread!
#13
apparently there not that easy, you have to clean there tank once a week, need special lights, and apprenetly they really smell, i was looking into getting one but after a bit of reserach it just wasn't worth the effort for my requirements
1 Like #14
i had three a while ago, they where pretty easy to clean, and yes they do need a light/heater in the tank, i used to feed mine blood worms or frozen meal, when i first got them they where thse size of a jaffa cake, totally cute, after two years they were the size of a dvd case!!! and snappy, one got soft shell disease and died. The tank did smell but i thought they were pretty good pets. Good luck with your search:thumbsup:
1 Like #15
I wish people would stop being so god damn negative, the OP has only came on here to ask where they can purchase them, not for bloody parenting skills, if you havent got anything constructive to say about Terrapin's dont bother posting !!!
#16
My three year old daughter is tired of her fish and wants a Terrapin,



sorry but wtf a terrapin for a 3 year old

they arnt cheap to get looking at like £60 or something


this is off a site - suggest reading that before buying as they can live for 30 odd years
http://www.terrapintank.co.uk/index.php

Terrapins make fantastic pets, they are full of character and are brilliant to watch, especially when they are not kept alone. Although the tiny hatchlings may be cheap, housing them is certainly not, especially when they are full size… something to bear in mind. The other thing to remember is terrapins can live for up to 30 years reaching sizes as big as 12inches. They require a lot of maintenance and care, but if you are committed, they are the best pet to have in the house.


Please, please, please, just think about it, if you can’t handle water changes at least once a week, and can’t afford to keep them comfortably housed then they are not for you! We must remember terrapins need specific environments and care because many people dump them, or take them back to the shop on the realisation of this. Also, there are many people UK and USA based who rehome rescued terrapins, if you are interested in this please contact me, and I will try my best to put you into contact with the right people.
1 Like #17
if it wasn't for the cleaning every week part i would of got one as i've wanted terrapins since i was a kid!

i'm too busy to spend about an hour a week cleaning a tank!

EDIT - there was some terapins near me (Bognor Regis) for £25, can't remeber what they were called but fully grown they were only about 6 - 7 inches but they are really smelly though!
banned#18
andimccann
I asked for a info off people for stockists of Terrapins, not parenting advice.


Yeah and maybe thats the problem!
#19
vibeone
Yeah and maybe thats the problem!


There is no problem, thanks for everyone's help - I found one in Preston as advised, yes they do smell and I am a bad parent!
#20
Hope you have the number for re-homing it then when you have all got bored with it and fed up of changing the water and looking after it properly !!!!!!!!!!!!
#21
andimccann
Don't take the fact you have irresponsible children out on HUKD, try Pampers.co.uk if you need to brush up on your parenting skills, this is a pet thread!



Dont have any children , never will have -don''t like them - couldn''t even eat a whole one !
Therefore i cant have bad parenting skills !
I was responsible enough to know i have never wanted them and now at over 51 years old -can''t tolerate them either !
banned#22
andimccann
There is no problem, thanks for everyone's help - I found one in Preston as advised, yes they do smell and I am a bad parent!

I feel sorry the Terrapin (and the fish for that matter).

Sad.
#23
vibeone
I feel sorry the Terrapin (and the fish for that matter).

Sad.


I feel sorry for anyone that has to be around someone as arrogant as yourself.
Mind your own business!
1 Like #24
andimccann
I asked for a info off people for stockists of Terrapins, not parenting advice.


Totally agree mate..
banned#25
mitchwales
I feel sorry for anyone that has to be around someone as arrogant as yourself.
Mind your own business!

Oh no's! Another forum member called me names through their computer box :(:(:(

Oh sorry - is that arrogant too?

Maybe if andimccann had bothered to ask for parenting advice he wouldn't be buying a bloody terrapin for a 3 year old! When you begin a thread with the words "My three year old daughter is tired of her fish and wants a Terrapin, ", you are opening yourself up to be questioned on it. Its utterly ridiculous, and is proven so by the number of people other than myself who have commented on it.

I noticed you only quoted my own post, and ignored the other similar replies.
1 Like #26
Ridiculous. Why are there so many jobsworths on here. If they want a terripin let em get one. My gf has one and they are cool, not my cupa T, but they seem nice.

How can u judge this guy on his parenting skills knowing the only thing about him is he wants a pet lol.

If he wanted ur advice on how to raise children im sure he would have ask a few of you.:viking:
1 Like #27
I had a terrapin when I was a kid, about 5/6 years old and it was brilliant, I'm not really sure how much my mum had to clean him, but I didn't care, I was just fascinated by him. One day though I was taking my trainers off, and being a kid the laces wern't done up so I could just kinda kick them off, anyway one of the trainers ended up in the terrapin tank, oops :/. I gotta say it was a pretty tough terrapin as it survived. Not sure what happened to it in the end though...:/

Also why are so many people having a go at this guy for wanting a peaceful life? Pets are for life yes, but so are kids, and if you don't get em what they want you'll know about it for the rest of your life aswell. Cruelty to parents etc.
banned#28
JohnBall
Ridiculous. Why are there so many jobsworths on here. If they want a terripin let em get one. My gf has one and they are cool, not my cupa T, but they seem nice.

How can u judge this guy on his parenting skills knowing the only thing about him is he wants a pet lol.

If he wanted ur advice on how to raise children im sure he would have ask a few of you.:viking:


I'm 24 and have no kids. I'm not offering parenting advice.

As I said in my last post - when you start your post with ""My three year old daughter is tired of her fish and wants a Terrapin" you should expect people to take issue with it.

Maybe Andi just worded it badly, but it does sound pretty awful. to me anyway.
#29
Also can I just say, so what the 3 year old wants a terrapin? it is a little silly, but thats what parents are there for, to clean up after kids, and kids pets.

I suppose you are the same people who knock on the doors of people you know are breeding dogs for fighting purposes yeah? get off your high horses, because you all seem confussed what you're even whinging about, bad parenting, animal neglect/cruelty. Just get a grip and take a look around, the 3 year old is probably more responsible than most of the adults who have 'pets'
banned#30
Sorry now I'm lost.

You condone dog fighting? I'm trying to read your post in another way, but I can't seem to make it any less mad?
#31
'I suppose you are the same people who knock on the doors of people you know are breeding dogs for fighting purposes yeah'

How the hell could you ever deem that as condoning dog fighting? what I was saying is everybody getting so worked up about the safety of a terrapin, but people rarely do anything when they see animals being treated badly, etc.
I don't condone any type of animals cruetly, I'm actually applying to be an RSPCA inspector when I pass my driving test, so couldn't be further from what I meant lol. No harm done though, hopefuly.
#32
andimccann
There is no problem, thanks for everyone's help - I found one in Preston as advised, yes they do smell and I am a bad parent!



OK - Now close thread?

Asked questions, got his answer.

I'm tired of reading all this.
#33
Yes, close the thread please.
Parents who give in to 3 year olds who "get tired of pets" shouldn''t have kids in the first place .
What about the one who quotes "thats what parents are for -buying kids pets and giving in !"
My god -These people should be sterilised .
No wonder kids grow up they way they do nowadays - i want i want -and i get !!!!!!!!!!
yes , i read the thread about dog fighting -looke like this person was condoning it .
I actively help animals -no i dont sit and let things cruelty take place if i can stop it.
banned#34
MunkiMadz - Thanks for your explanation. I still don't see how you meant what you meant in the original post though. catwoman: Thanks, glad I'm not the only one!
#35
vibeone
MunkiMadz - Thanks for your explanation. I still don't see how you meant what you meant in the original post though. catwoman: Thanks, glad I'm not the only one!


The basic point was everybody having a go at somebody on the internet about animal rights, but not in person type thing, but I guess it's irrelevant now.
#36
hi i live in manchester too and i saw them in a pet shop called poppy's pets on oldham rd i will try and find th ephone number for u now :thumbsup:
#37
omg, what r u on? his kid has got a fish and has got bored of looking at it swim around big deal, he isnt going to kill the fish just move them to another tank and get her a different pet, his wife also want's it! as long as it get's looked after.
#38
Someclose this thread man its full of idiots trying to give parenting advice and not sticking to topic !!
1 Like #39
catwoman

Parents who give in to 3 year olds


a) It's their child, not a random 3 year old.

catwoman

shouldn''t have kids in the first place.


b) If they didn't have kids in the first place, how would you know they would end up spoiling their kids?

catwoman

What about the one who quotes "thats what parents are for -buying kids pets and giving in !"


c) Twisting the words completely. ORIGINAL = "but thats what parents are there for, to clean up after kids, and kids pets."
(It's also worth noting that parents should also take some time out of this busy schedule to actually raise their children).

catwoman

My god -These people should be sterilised .


d) You should be sterilised. But I guess that doesn't matter because:
catwoman

I was responsible enough to know i have never wanted them and now at over 51 years old -can''t tolerate them either !

Ah well, that's one less rotten gene pool to worry about.

catwoman

No wonder kids grow up they way they do nowadays


e) Not every child grows up like this.

catwoman

i want i want -and i get !!!!!!!!!!


f) Only one 'want' request was satisfied in your example, giving a confusing view on your standpoint.

catwoman

yes , i read the thread about dog fighting -looke like this person was condoning it .


g) You're kidding, right?

catwoman

I actively help animals -no i dont sit and let things cruelty take place if i can stop it.


h) I would love to see photos of you holding small heart-broken animals with a big cheesy smile upon your face - it would give me such a warm, fuzzy feeling inside me.

And,

i) Although it pains me to point this out; 51 years old, seemingly computer literate, but your typing skills are comparable to that of a partially blind dyslexic child operating a computer in strobe lighting.

Mods - please close this thread.

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