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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brian - 2010-08-03
Can someone tell me why my adult red eared slider won't eat? I feed it every day and it ate until 2 days ago after I gave it a piece of meat (cooked). My turtle is about 6 inches long.

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  • Wendell - 2010-08-07
    Has the turtle deficated (pooped)? If so maybe you could try some zucchini or another vegetable. How much meat did you feed it- perhaps it was too much? It may do better w worms or crickets after it's feeling well enough to eat. If it goes for awhile longer w/o eating try take it to the vet.
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Dr.Feelgood - 2011-12-02
I have 2 red ear sliders. They are really tamed they come up when I call their names!!!

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  • Vik - 2012-02-09
    That's awesome!! Did you train them to respond like that? I have a small one, would love it if he could do that.
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Esther - 2011-05-18
I have 2 red earred sliders. I don't know if 1 is bigger then the other, even when they are the same age. I hope you have some info.

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  • tina - 2012-01-28
    I have 2 res turtles I bought them when they were around 2 years old ,they were the same size ,i had them now for about 3 years one is around 6 inch and the other is only half the size the bigger one was always eating and the smallest one was always sleeping in the bottom ,,I got a uva and uvb lite and now the litle one is eating and growing!!
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Christopher - 2011-08-11
Dear charlie uae stands United arab emirates

I hope your lightbulb is heading there now

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
    AHHH sorry the lightbulb is on now. You should be fine with some sort of regular lightbulb for basking - and a UV bulb for sunlight. Every time I see pictures of Saudi Arabia - the sun is shining. Let them be ouside a little. We (my company) installed (honest) telephone billing software for the Riad airport there about 1987... I had to do the contract in the US so the guys came here - most enjoyable experience and an excellent installation. Now it is just about 30 years later and you and I are emailing and talking about lovebirds and turtles. Love it. Thank you.
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macquel - 2011-09-24
Man I love me some red ear sliders and guest what I have 3 of them.

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  • Karen - 2011-11-18
    I have 1 omg
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Kylie - 2011-11-27
Ok, so I am getting this kind of turtle for sure! How big should the tank be? How much do I feed hiM? Help, I need him b4 Christmas! HELP!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Just scroll up in this Animal World article to the Enviornment section and it tells you what size tank etc. Good luck and enjoy.
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Eli - 2011-09-12
Do red sliders hibernate in winter?

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    Elena - 2011-09-11
    I am thinking about getting a turtle. Recently I’ve looked at an African Sideneck, but those grow to be too big to fit in the tank I’ve gotten. Will these be small enough to live their entire lives in a 20-gallon tank?

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    • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
      You really need a bigger aquarium for a turtle. You can house juveniles in a smaller tank, but as they grow, you need to provide a bigger home. Even the smaller turtles, like the mud turtles and the musk turtles reach up to about 5" across, so a 55 gallon aquarium would be best for an adult of these species.
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    Renee - 2011-07-30
    I purchased 2 red eared sliders 9 months ago for my son and we became very fond of them. We bought them a 20 gallon tank, equipped with filtration system, proper lighting, basking room, air rock....the works. From the beginning, I noticed that one turtle (Squirt is what we called him) was having a hard time seeing when we fed him. The other (Crush) was able to feed just fine and flourished. Squirt, however, I had to feed by hand because he had a hard time grabbing his worms or nutrition pellets when he couldn't quite see them. But 3 days ago, I noticed that his eyes looked a little bulgy, but he otherwise seemed fine. Then the next two days, he seemed weak, and when I fed him he was struggling to grip his food. I also noticed that his skin seemed to look a little swollen. I started to get worried, and was going to take him to the vet on Monday. However, tonight when I got home, I noticed that his body was completely swollen and his eyes looked like they were going to pop, and he was floating. I couldn't tell if he was alive or not until I took him out to observe and his neck was totally limp. He was dead! I am so confused and mortified. What could have happened? We need some closure for our little spunky friend Squirt. Please help!

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    • Christopher - 2011-08-09
      Dear Renee You had everyting you neeeded for your turtle.

      And one of them were healthy too.
      Maybe he strated to show his symtoms there,so maybe the pet shop give him to you so that he would infect the other turtles and they could get rid of him

      You didn't do anything wrong
    • Justin - 2011-08-11
      Well it could be from the lack of space or some kind of internal parasite problem. 20 gallons is too small for RES they prefer more spacious habitats. A good rule of thumb for that is that they need 10 gallons x their shells length, and 10 gallons X their shell width. Since you had two turtles you would need an aquarium twice that size. If it is an internal problem which it kind of sound like it was since you said it had trouble from the beginning. It's probably because the petstore or breeder or where ever you got them wasn't taking care of them properly and it was probably already sick when you bought it, because reptiles don't usually display symptoms of illness until it's Very sick. I would get Crush checked out ASAP. Any abnormalities should be investigated by a vet as soon as they occur. I hope this helps.
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    Christopher - 2011-08-10
    Charlie I live in the uae

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
      My lightbulb is not going on here at all. I don't understand uae - I am sorry. You asked about the heater and said the water was freezing. In the house? Also you asked about light - the light to allow them to bask will also help with the water temperature and the UV light is for the health. I am dahhh sorry missing something. I do have blond days - too many of them actually.
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