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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Christian Herrera - 2012-09-07
Can I add a stingray to my tank to live with my turtle 150+ gallons

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Your tank is definitely big enough, and red-earred sliders aren't really bottom dwellers. So there shouldn't be any competition for location, but a freshwater ray will definitely want a sandy substrate.
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.
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.
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.
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.. :(((

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! :)

peter lamborn - 2012-04-26
I have an older red eared slider male in a pond liner with 3 females. Usually an avid eater, he now seems to have pain or something else making eating difficult. He comes out when I feed, but will go very tentatively up to the sticks, try to eat but then shrink away for some reason, seeming to have trouble taking the food into his mouth. He doesn't seem otherwise ill; he swims and tries to climb up the walls of the pond as always. This has me very concerned, though. Any ideas?

Erika Wolf - 2012-03-27
How many years do these turtles live up to and how big do they get?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    They get to be between 8 to 11 inches - 11 inches being large. Theire life expectancy is really a broad range going from 20 - 70 years. A lot depends on enviornment and food.
    Mom and pops genetics have to figure in there too.
Geri Willingham - 2012-03-26
We've had our female slider for 8 yrs and have rebuilt the outside pond twice as she's grown; she's over 10 inches now. She's laid eggs at least 4 times that we know about; only 3 hatchlings have survived, one male now 1-1/2 yrs old and two brand new ones - who were adorable with great bold personalities. Yesterday, by chance my husband saw Matilda eating one of the babies! He grabbed her but she had already bitten off the front legs and it was dying. I cannot describe how devastating this has been.
We managed to get the other baby out and have it in a separate container for now. Is there an explanation for this behavior? Maybe she
needs more space or we should release her somewhere where there are
other sliders in a lake. First, is the surviving baby ok alone for now?
The older male is still with her but nearly 6-7 inches now; I neglected to say that his mother took a small bite from his shell at an early age; he survived this and seems quite healthy. Thanks so much for any advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    Red-eared Sliders eat meat and they are also creatures of prey. They do not have anything to do with the rearing of their young and would see them primarily as food. It is just nature and normally the young would get pretty far away from the big guys. You would have to remove the young from the parents in order to protect them. Sorry - but nature.
Morgan - 2012-03-24
i have 2 RES, both females i believe. i got the second one not too long ago because her previous owner was not taking care of her properly. she 's eating well, but she hisses and tries to snap at everything. could it be possible that she has " trust issues "? i would really love for her to feel safe and protected but im not too sure how. please help * : /

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    Handle her daily. Make sure it knows you are the one feeding. Spend a lot of time around the tank so it gets use to movements. It will relax, just needs to know you arent a predator.