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Thank you very much! After 11 years I am still learning about her.
OK, I checked and I do have a UVb light, but it is about six months old, so I will replace it. I'll add more greens and some fruit and cut out the live food and I bought a cuttlebone today (Boy does she like that thing!) Also, I'm wondering how big a tank I need for her. I read somewhere that they need about 10 gallons for every inch long, right now that's 90 gallons. She's in a 75 gallon tank, but I only fill it about half way, so she's actually got about 35-40 gallons of water. Since I'm planning on having a custom tank built, I can make it any size and shape I want (I hate plain retangles). This is going to be costly, so I want to make sure it is big enough for years (decades?) to come. How big can she get and how big should her tank be?
Sorry, but the more I sit and think, the more questions I have...
More questions...is the 40+ lifespan accurate? Is the swimming pool time OK (sand filter...no chemicals)? How big should the basking area be? What type of light should I use in the basking area (I currently use a light that says it is specifically for reptiles) and how warm should the basking area be? Every so often I take her out and let her run around the house (Drives the cats crazy! and I find her in the strangest places) is this OK? She really is unique...if you get in the pool with her, she will swim right up to you and if you stay still, she will climb on you and rest..have you ever seen the like?