Animal Stories - Red-eared Slider


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   The Red Eared Slider has been a favorite household pet for many years!
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Chelle - 2008-03-01
My 2 month old RES lives in a 40 gallon long aquarium. He has a basking light, uvb light, a ramp for basking, a water heater and powerful filter (200 gallons per hour). He lives with 3 rosey red minnows and 6 zebra danios. I made the mistake of feeding him dried shrimp treats and then he wouldn't eat anything else. I have some advice on what to do if this happens to anyone else: Buy baby turtle floating food sticks, grind them down to a powder, add a little calcim/vitamin powder and a drop of water. Add a tiny bit of the dried shrimp (for the smell) and mix into a paste like texture. Then I put a dab of the mixture on the tip of my finger and hold it just above the water so he can reach up and get it. This is working great and he is thriving. I also have a small piece of cuttlebone floating in the water and have ordered water lettuce and water hyacinth. I haven't seen him bite the cuttlebone yet. He does try to bite the fake plants, this is why I ordered the edible water plants. I hope this info might help someone else out there with a picky eater like mine.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    My turtles wouldnt go back to regular food too after some treats, but a few days they strated eating when they wer hungry. But congrats on keeping ur turtles AND fish, all my turtles will eat fish excpet 1 of them(i have 5)
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Wendy Hall - 2014-06-02
I just acquired 2 red-eared sliders from a friend who had them in an aquarium at his home.  I have had them at my home in their own pond now for 2 weeks,  they seem to be adapting well.  Today I came home to find one of them laying upside down, but not like she fell that way, in a flat area, upside down.  Is this a sign of sickness and what can I do?  I turned her right side up and will continue to observe for now.

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  • Emma - 2014-06-03
    Take him to a vet.
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Richele - 2013-09-17
I have two young (under a year) RES. Unfortunately early on they learned about dried shrimp and krill, so now I can't get them to eat anything else. They do eat some dried meal worms though. I spray a hearty amount of multiple vitamins as well as calcium on their food before giving it to them. Occasionally they'll eat small pieces of carrots or green leaf lettuce, but not as often as I think they should. Any suggestions on how to get them to eat a better variety of food? Oh and I feed them in a seperate tank which they stay in for about 20 to 30 minutes, so they don't free feed.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    As adults these turtles are primarily vegetarians. My two red-eared sliders are about 18 years old, but when I got them (at 8 years old) the lady who had them fed them only shrimp! Well, I put them in my pond and began to feed them a commercial turtle food, and sometimes a pond Koi food. There are also some plants in the pond.  When that was all they were offered, they began to eat it. They will still come up, hoping for a shrimp treat, and I give them some once in awhile. But they now know it is just that... a treat.
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dottie - 2013-07-31
Was given a red ear slider, he was raised in a small tank. Got a 50 gallon tank and got new stones. Fill tank half way with water, put turtle in and he acts like he can't swim. Did I put too much water in? He was trying to eat stones just digging does he like his new home? Help can't sleep keep checking on him.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-01
    Make sure there is an area of rocks/sand that he can get up on to to bask and that it isn't all water. Was he kept in water at his old home? He may just not be used to so much water. Turtles will dig sometimes, but you might want to get a hiding place like a log or cave that he can retreat to. It might take some time to get used to his new home.
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Tony Dai - 2009-11-11
I had a red eared slider for 5 years. We've been through alot. First I purchased him he was 2 inches and he was placed in a tiny plastic container with no heating source, I only put him by the window for natural sunlight. The tank only had 1 cm of water and one small rock. It was a very poor habitat and I kept him there for a few months and he survived. Then I put him in a 9 gallon aquarium with 1 cm of water and the same rock. Still no heat source. He was fed pellets and shrimp. After a few years I went on the Internet and searched information on how to take care of them, and I found out they need a very large tank, a basking area, UVB basking bulbs, very clean water and a very strong filter, and lots more. Then I realized the mistake. I quickly told my parents how to take proper care of them. I always try to tell them how to take proper care of red eared sliders but they think its unnessecary. So I still had him in a poor habitat. But the past few months I tried my hardest to give him a proper habitat by myself. Right now he's still in a 9 gallon, but he has a turtle dock, a water depth of 4 inches, and a desk lamp for basking (I put him under the window on warm days for UVB). He is currently 5 inches and although he was in a terrible habitat for such a long time, he survived and for some weird reason shows no sign of illness. Now I'm going to give him a very large tank with a large basking area, a UBV basking light, a filter and water changes. I just wish my parents could be more considerate and put more effort into taking care of pets as they are a huge commitment. I'm only 11.

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  • Allyson - 2010-07-20
    WAY TO BE Tony! I hope your slider is doing well. I too, had a poorly cared for pet as a child. It was a collie named Mikey. I felt so sad. I loved that dog so much, but I was too young to do anything about it. Unfortunately, he died before I was old enough to take care of him. I now make up for his loss by taking the best possible care of the pets that I love now. I hope he forgives me.
  • A. N RAO - 2010-08-17
    I also have 3 red eared but I am confusing about how to design a comfortable tank for them. If you have any idea on it give me details I arrange it asap "A N RAO"
  • Diana - 2010-11-22
    I think, you are trying to do the right thing, but you should try to tell your parents that you will work around the house to pay for a better tank, tell them that even that it's not important for them, it is important for you that your turtle is happy. I have one for three years now, and I just upgraded her tank, to a 75 gallon one and she is very happy. Try to buy a used one on craig list with a good filter, and you can clean it every month. Good luck
  • murray brown - 2011-03-15
    Sounds like your turtle is very lucky to have you as his/her human--good job!
  • MS.Donna - 2013-07-26
    Tony I am sure that your parents probably have a lot of bills to pay and may not be able to keep you and your turtle fed or in a house or have lights and gas. SO since I am reading this a few days before my own birthday, I will send you a Petland gift card IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION. I DO not WANT TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS with the law for trying to do a nice thing. EMAIL SUBJECT: MR TURTLE's friend okay.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
its banned to have these turtles in Queensland! they are a pest in the Brisbane area!

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mom - 2013-05-03
I found a red eared today I believe she is a female,she was crossinga busy street and in fear of her getting run over I took her home. She's about the size of a desertplate at at first seemed nervous and would snap her mouth at my fingers. I would love to give her the proper care,, her shell is peeling top and bottom is this normal? My kids are excited with her, is to much human contact bad for her? Is she a water turtle?or does she just need access to a little pond ? How do I know if she needs water or if It's enough water for her? If anyone can answer my questions ASAP I would gladly appreciate it :) Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-03
    The information above will give you good guidelines for providing the right environment for your turtle. The peeling on the shell may just simply be exposure to a too dry an environment, so be sure to give it an area with water to re-hydrate. It is probably snapping because it is has lived in the wild, and is not familiar with being handled by humans so is probably defensive. Providing it with the right home and food in captivity, along with some time to become comfortable is probably the best antidote for the concerns you're having. Good luck:)
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kelly - 2013-01-19
my turtle will not eat.I never seen him eat at pet smart either. What should i do if anyone can give me feed back please do.(P.S i had my turtle for 2 or 3 months too.)(and we tried to put him into another place to see nope not working)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-19
    What have you tried so far?  Is the water warm enough.  Turtles will slow down eating if the water is not warm enough.
  • EPotter - 2013-02-03
    During a monthly cleaning, I had set the UV lamp out of sight and forgot to place it back over the tank. My sliders, 3 years old, would not eat for weeks. Got the lamp set up and they quickly resumed eating. If you have the right climate, your RES might prefer outdoors with one or two hours of direct sun now and then (be prepared for clever escape attempts, hungry cats, etc).
  • Consuelo - 2013-03-15
    I receive a turtle 3 weeks ago, anthe first two weeks, but he or she (I dont know) didnt eat for the first two weeks, bur now the weather is warmer and then she started to eat. Her previous owner told me thet in winter time turtles dón't eat to much
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    time to call the vet
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hroiz - 2012-12-29
When I was 10 years old, my mom got me a red-eared slider. I never bought a filter or heater for her because I did not know they needed that. I am now 13 and have had her for a few years and she has survived just fine. She does seem to dig on the bottom of the tub a lot but I think that's normal behavior. Anyways, I was wondering if I should get her a heater and filter now? I have been told they do not like change, so I'm not sure what to do.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    Adding a filter makes it much easier to care for the turtle.   Many turtles are kept without heatebut for the best living situation the water should be at least 75 degrees.  Adding these things should not stress it out at all.  When adding heater raise temperature very slowly maybe 2 degrees every few days.
  • hroiz - 2012-12-30
    I also do not have a basking spot for my turtle. I do have an area where she can get out of the water but it is not heated. I do put her out in the sun every day or every other day. Would a heated basking spot be necessary?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    Yes definately needs a basking spot.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    my vet always told me that 20mins a day 3 days my turtle would get more uvb then they would in a week from s bulb
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Bo - 2011-09-11
I’m looking to buy a turtle also. I bought a tank that I think is 20-gallons. Is it okay to keep one red-eared slider in there, even when it is an adult? Please help, I want a turtle really badly!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    My adult sliders are a good 10-12 inches across. I would say a 20 gallon aquarium would be way too small for them. But juveniles though, being 4" across, they could probably be kept in there for quite awhile. I keep mine in our outdoor pond and they love it. They are about 14 years old.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    i have a 20 gallon long i have spent over 300.00 on my little guy i am planning on keeping trooper in this tank for a while.you have to realize that the internet is nothing but opoins so use your best judge meant. the only thing i have to say is this just make sue you take him/her to the vet once a year. provide lighting and heat you should do great. when i was a boy around 10 or so we keep one turtle in a 10 gallon tank and he lived for years. yes he stayed small but there was no harm done. now i wander how many people are going to say i am cruel
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