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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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.
Christopher - 2011-08-09
I have a pair of red ear sliders
I have their tank,fillter and the heater but no basking area or heat lamp, and their heater does'nt seem to be working.

I mean like every time I put my hand in their water it's freezing.

But do I need a heat lamp for my turtles
I put them in the sunlight almost everyday to bask
so do I still need a heat lamp.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
    Information on Animal World says a shop light with UVB-emitting bulbs and at least one basking spot with a 100 watt spotlight. This really doesn't have as much to do with heating as it does health. The red ears will tolerate cold and even be fine if their pond ices over going into hibernation but they do need UV light (sunlight) just like humans and they do need a basking area. Good news is it doesn't sound like they need the heater. They have those metal clamp on lights at Home Depot or Lowes (and they are cheap - maybe $2.99)and you can just put in 100 watt bulb in one and a UV in the other and you can direct the light. Sound good to you?
isiah - 2011-05-28
Mine is doing fine.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    That's good.
Jackie - 2011-05-27
My turtle (red-eared) looks like it leaks a red color substance through his shell. Is this common, or should I worry?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    I don't know but there was some information on Red eared turtle ailments and this is that info
    Not many, but shell and skin infections arise from poor nutrition and ear abscesses are occasionally seen in sliders kept in poor quality water with abnormally high levels of bacteria. These injuries can be treated by removing the turtle from the water. The infected area should be dried and an application of Betadine followed by a layer of silvadene cream should be applied. The turtle should be kept warm on a towel in a tub for several hours before it is returned to the water. This should be repeated every day for a week while the area heals.
    If the turtle's water is not clean and aerated the problem will recur quickly. If the turtle is being bullied or too many turtles are kept in a small enclosure, this and other problems will occur until the situation is corrected

    Take him out and look him over very carefully to make sure no cuts, abrasions, scratches etc. OK let us know what happens
Lidia - 2011-05-24
i have 2 red eared slider for about two months now. I change their tank water every 2 weeks but it has a filter. I don't add any type of liquids to clean the water. I place some tablet to keep their shell strong. Lately one of the turtles is always in the water sleeping. It eats but it never moves or goes on the dock to get light. Should I be worried about this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-25
    I don't know that there is anything wrong but I would be concerned if the behavior of one has changed that much. If they both behave the same way, then I can understand. However, you are saying that the behavior of the one is different. Read the article on red Sliders and really look your little guy over to make sure there aren't any marks, sores, scratches etc. It does seem strange and possibly an infection.
Bridgett - 2011-02-20
I just bought a baby red-eared slider yesterday at a market place from a breeder. He gave me the turtle in a small tank with some water, pebbles, and some food and very few instructions. I need all the info I can get to take care of my baby turtle. I've always wanted one. What's best to have in the tank, like what kind of vegetation?

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  • momof2RES\'s - 2011-04-06
    You are going to need a larger tank for starters. Not too big as they will grow to the size of the tank. You will need a heat lamp and a rock or dock of some sort that allows the turtle to get out of the water to heat itself under the heat lamp. You will need a good filter unit, as they can get very sick/die if their water is dirty. They live, swim, eat, drink, and use the same water as a toilet. The water in the tank should be as deep as the turtle shell is long. They like their water a little warm, so you may need to place a turtle proof heater unit in the water, which MUST be treated with a dechlorinator. They can break the glass on a regular aquarium heater as they get bigger and stronger. (I found that out the hard way) Turtle chow/live water plants and you're good to go. I have 2 that I bought when they were 1 1/2 inches; long and are both 7 inches long now.
  • - 2011-05-16
    * High water quality - Even with powerful filters, frequent water changes are needed. The water should be heated and maintained at approximately 78-82 degrees F(~26-28 degrees C). Room temperature water is not sufficient and can lead to disfigurement and respiratory ailments.
    * Ultraviolet B lighting is required for indoor turtles. While an ideal habitat provides real, unfiltered sunlight, UVB lighting is a necessity in habitats without. Glass or plastic between the bulb and the basking area will prohibit natural and artificial UVB light from entering the habitat.[5] The bulb should be placed above the turtles basking area.
    * Hibernation or brumation is not possible indoors at room temperature. Twelve hours of light per day helps prevent brumation.[5]
    * Mature female turtles not kept with males can lay infertile eggs. Females can also remain fertile for several years after a mating and lay fertile eggs. Mature females must have a desirable land area in which to lay eggs. Laying eggs in water is not healthy.[5]
    * Dystocia (egg binding), the inability to lay eggs due to tank confinement with insufficient or undesirable land areas, shell deformities or nutritional imbalances, is potentially fatal.[5]
    * Groups of turtles should have sex ratios of at least two females per male to avoid mating pressure, stress and injuries from overmating.[5]
    * Red-eared sliders in captivity (indoor) should be kept in large terrariums. A 10-20 gallon (40-80 liter) tank is sufficient for hatchling red-eared sliders, although they will quickly outgrow them. Much larger tanks are required for adult turtles. A commonly-used guideline is 10 gallons (40 l) of water per 1 inch (2.5 cm) of shell (example: a turtle of 5 inches (13 cm) and a turtle of 8 inches (20 cm) together need 130 gallons (500 l) of space).
    * Red-eared sliders should not be kept in a tank with gravel or decorations that the turtle can fit in its mouth, as this can lead to bowel impaction and death. Commonly and cheaply available 20-grit sand (pool filter sand) makes an ideal substrate.
    * Basking platforms or stabilized stacks of rocks should be provided so red-eared sliders can climb out of the water and dry off completely. The ideal basking surface temperature is 85-95 F.

    Red-eared sliders enjoy large areas where they are free to swim. These turtles also require a basking area, where they can completely leave the water and enjoy the light provided for them. UVB heat lamps are usually the best option and most common among those taking proper care of their turtles. However, UVB heat lamps have not been proven to have the same quality as direct, unfiltered UV rays from the sun. Turtles are recommended to be given time outdoors on days with more sun, even if this is only possible in the spring and summer.

    For the basking area, the best choice is a dirt or sand area, if at all possible. Since these turtles like to climb, flat rocks also make good basking areas, as well as provide areas for entertainment.

    Plant life, either fake or real, also increases red-eared slider quality of life, mimicking their natural environment. The real plants can also serve as a source of food.

    Turtles enjoy fresh, clean and clear water. A good filter can help accomplish this. Also, once every two weeks, about 25% of the water should be removed and replaced with new water, and the filter cleaned. It is also strongly recommended to keep fast freshwater fish if the tank is large enough and the water has the proper pH and temperature. In a large enough tank with areas for fish to hide, it is very unlikely they will be eaten. Meanwhile, the majority of freshwater fish will feed on the leftover turtle feed, which allows for a much cleaner environment for both the turtles and the fish. They do not fare well in confined quarters, especially when overcrowded with hatchlings. They have been known to be cannibalistic. Certain species of fresh-water fish are also useful in consuming mosquito larvae, which may appear in outdoor enclosures.
  • Esther - 2011-05-18
    Whatever you do dont sqeeze it! Someone squeezed mine and it's tummy got very red.
Destiny(: - 2011-05-17
I have 2 yellow belly turtles. They will be a year in August. I got them on my Florida trip last summer then they rode all the way back to Texas in the car with me, my mom, my three little brothers, and my step dad. I had them in a plastic thing with a tree and some pebbles. In January I got them a 20 gal. tank. They are so messy! i have to clean the tank at least every 2 weeks. Over all I have spent about $400 on them. But hey it was worth it, they are cute!(:

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-18
    All you can do is enjoy them. Little critters are fun to have around and they never tell secreets. Be happy and enjoy.
natalie - 2011-05-12
My name is Natalie, and just a little over a week ago my family and I caught a red eared slider laying its eggs (3-4 we think) in our front yard. We have several stray cats and other wild animals in our neighborhood and the nearest pond is more than a third of a mile from our house. My sister and I fear for the eggs in that something might happen to them or that the babies might not live for long when they hatch. Our mom is considering letting us keep them when they hatch (so long as we take care of them and put a home together for them), so this website is very helpful in getting prepaired for the babies to hatch. That and we didn't know what kind of turtle it was until I found this site.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-12
    Sounds like you have an awesome mom. Good for you and I hope your little turtles do great. Let us know and if you can take pictures.
Lucy - 2010-04-01
Today my family and I went down to the park/lake/track. This runner runs up to us and holds out his hand with a 2 in slider turtle and said he found it running, if we wanted it. My boys loved it. So how could I say no? I guess we'll be heading to the pet store tomorrow. I have him in a pail, with rocks and 3 in of water. He likes to be under the rock. and I have him under my lamp. I hope he doesn't die, he's not eating the lettuce I give him.

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  • CHARLIE MUNIZ - 2010-04-10
    Feed him or her reptomin for baby or fishes, little ones from pet shop.
  • hko - 2010-05-01
    You have to give him earthworms from soil with no chemicals. We just found one, too and we have a UVB bulb and warming bulb. The uvb keeps his shell hard. He loves them. Also guppies are good. Repto-min baby pellets he also eat. Lettuce is not enough. Go to Austins Turtle website.
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-05
    You can buy turtle food at your local pet shop---even Wal-mart~~~~ Good Luck!
  • ronny doige - 2010-06-03
    Res slider turtles are omnivores but are more carnivorous while young they may eat a little lettuce but most likely meat and pellets, and as they get older they will start eating more fruits and vegetables.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-09
    Do you still have the turtle they need to be in a tank full of water, need heat lamp and water heat so they well eat. They don't like cold water.
  • Eklavya - 2010-06-13
    No it won't, its just because of change of habitat, if it dosen't eat what you are giving it try feeding it some bugs.
  • motasm - 2010-08-06
    Well I have two a male and a female the male's name is tac and the females minmin and I have them for a year with no bulbs or nothing so if you live in a warm country like me you don't need any heat source well at winter feed them after every three days at summer daily and I use the food from the sera company so I wish this helps you and remember to always take care for them lucy so that's what I do......
  • tabitha - 2010-09-22
    If you want some help with how and or what you need for the turtle I'd be glad to help.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-26
    You really shouldn't keep him. He could be going through shock. After all, he is a wild turtle. He's not used to being around people.
  • Annette - 2010-11-03
    The turtle food sold in the shops is a good supplement but he also needs variety in his diet. Just as we can't survive just by eating broccoli only the turtle needs more variety. I have a RES turtle that is 44 years old. I have had him since he was 2 inches. Clean water, heat source and light are really important. Diet is just as important! The Veterinarian I take him to told me canned dog food, lettuce, spinach, brine shrimp and small fruits such as bananas and strawberry pieces are all part of his diet. He has made it to 44 years old.
  • Millie - 2011-02-20
    My grandson gave me his red eared slider and the turtle is about a 3 year old female. She is a great pet. She loves sugar snap peas and crunchy lettuce. She loves meal worms. I also buy very small feeder fish for her but she eats more of those in the warmer months than colder. She actually eats a lot less in winter. She is a very curious one. She does approach me when I come up to the pond and waits for her food. She also catches bees that hang out around the water. She is about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. I built a good size pond for her and the koi that I have. I just purchased a african side necked turtle and she seems to watch over him. She loves the pond because she has so much more room. You really have to aerate the water and use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other things from the water. They are definitely a responsibility but one that I love. Enjoy your turtle and find out as much as you can to take care of them. They require more protein as they grow bigger.
  • josh - 2011-04-26
    My name is Josh. I have one red ear slider.
resa - 2011-04-18
I've had my turtle for about six years now. I try to clean his tank every weekend. He is very greedy and eats a lot but he seems to be very happy. A also taking him out of his aquarium and let him walk around my yard every weekend. He loves it. He's the best turtle in the whole world. Soon, I would like to get a bigger aquarium for him as well as more plants and rocks in his aquarium.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    Sounds like your turtle has a good owner. Enjoy