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Stephanie Branch-Gratton - 2011-03-14
Hello I was just given a turtle that someone could no longer keep. I am trying to find out if the enclosure it came with is good or if I need to make upgrades. It's in a 20 gal short tank, with a long flourescent type light it looks like a fish tank light, water of course that's about as deep as half the tank, then it has a floating piece of land that suction cups to the side, a filter and a fish tank type heater, gravel on the bottom and a few fake decorations. The turtle is about 4 or 5 inches I'd say. It appears active and healthy. But I thought it needed a different kind of light for the UV rays. Do I need another light or no? Also how can I tell which kind of painted turtle it is and what sex and its age?

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  • SHanaynay - 2011-06-19
    Hey well to tell if it is a boy or girl you look at the eyes and the bottom of its shell. The males eyes would be a dark reddish color. If it was a female the bottom of its shell would be flat. The male has a rounded bottom. HOPE THIS HELPED :)



  • Meaghan - 2012-04-02
    You need a much bigger environment for that turtle. A tank should be 3-4 shell lengths wide by 7-8 shell lengths long, with water a minimum of 2 1/2 shell lengths deep. That will give the turtle enough space to move freely. My turtle is about the same size and I have her in a 40 gallon breeder tank, meaning its long and wide. It will be her home until she is over 6 in.
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Kristina Gauthier Cikalo - 2012-05-15
We found a turtle recently and believe it is a red ear adult slider. He is about 10 inches I guess. Right now we have him in one of those blue plastic kiddi pools out side. We placed two large rocks in the middle for him to climb on to get out of the water. Does anyone know how much water I need in the pool? Does the water have to cover the top of his shell too? We just bought him some feeder fish. We also got lettuce for him. We have our two baby sliders in a 20 gallon tank could we but this other slider we found in there too? Please help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-15
    They should be able to be completely submerged and able to swim.
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gidget Perez - 2012-05-11
What type of fish if any is the best to put into a tank with my African Sideneck Turtle ? If they are able to co-habitat what is the best number to get of fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-11
    How large is the turtle?
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carol - 2012-04-29
I have a ?? for someone. My grandsons red slider got caught in the filter in my outdoor pond. His foot is scraped up and bleeding... I read that I should clean with betadine and usu liquid bandage to seal it and water proof it... so how much should he ba allowed in the water while hes healing?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    He should be fine living as normal. They are fast healers. Good luck and keep an eye on it.
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Michaela - 2012-05-06
My dad found a red-eared slider in one of our pool filters, but luckily got it out before the chlorine killed it. I currently have it in a tub with water, rocks, and grass. What would be best to feed it? I'm assuming it's pretty young, as it is a little bigger than a silver dollar.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Scroll up in this animal World article for suggested feeding for your little guy.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-07
    If it is a young turtle from the wild I would use some live fish, insects, and introduce turtle pellets during feeding. Also add some calcium to the water. They sell little turtle shaped calcium tablets that slowly dissolve. This will keep it's shell strong.
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Connie Cruz - 2012-05-05
I have a ornate boxie and just love her. I am looking for another one. Everyone i know loves their boxie als and don't want to give them up. darn

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Vaibhav - 2012-05-03
They eat blood worms, guppies, Turtle food, prawns...

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Red Olguera - 2012-05-02
By the way, i previously bought 2 baby red eared sliders about 1 1/2 inches, before I got the bigger ones and the stupid pet shop told us that we can keep them in a 2-gallon aquarium. They recommended turtle pellet (a big one) and said that it was for baby turtles. We lacked information for taking care of these turtles and we were so excited to have them we didn't have time to research because we believed in the stupid pet shop. Sadly, the female one did not eat for days and died :( the male eats the pellets but later died after 5 days after the other one died. I believe the female died because of respiratory infection because she is coughing and hard time being under the water. We wanted to bring her to a herpetologist but sadly there are no herp around here :( I believe the male died because he was sad.. Now we learned our lesson and i recommend to RESEARCH first BEFORE YOU OWN/BUY one.. :(((

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Red Olguera - 2012-05-02
I bought 2 baby RES (one is about 2.6 inches and the other is about 2.3 inches), they have 50 gal. tank with 35gal of water in it, a basking site, a heat lamp, a powerful filter 1500gal/hr, water conditioner, vitamins for water, floating cuttlebone, tankmates consisting of 2 black moors, 5 black mollies, and feeder shrimps. I feed them every day alternate of turtle food, mealworms, freshly killed feeder guppies (because they cant chase them if they are alive! hehehe!), fish pellets, chopped carrots and greens. They also eat insects that fall onto the water! I change the water tank once a week and partially on its 4th day. I brush their shells with a soft toothbrush and they liked it! I dunno if they are both male or female but I guess, from the way they look that they are both females.. :) when I arrive from work they swim towards me! (because I always give them food when I arrive xD) I expose them to direct sunlight every 7:00 a.m. or 8:00 A.M. in the morning before i go to work. I also have southeast asian box turtle which i saved from a nasty pet shop.

By the way, I live here in the Philippines! :))
Nice to meet you guys! :)

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lara - 2012-05-01
Hey i have a baby female red eared slider in a farely large tank but i cant remmember how many gallons and i have plants,rocks,and land for it. i was wondering if it would be ok to put in a bit larger african sideneck in the same tank with her i think its a male. The RES is very friendly and she has shared a tank with another RES, but im a bit worried about the ASN. it would be very nice if someone could help me cause a friend is giving the ASN to me because she says its to much work and i cant really say no. So please tell m if i should or should not put in in the same tank, thank you:0)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    Really depends on it's personality. If it is a 'friendly' turtle it should be just fine.
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