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 Lloyd Loo - 2010-04-19
Last year,
I bought a red eared slider and fed it a lot because I didn't know it needed to eat few food because it was cold blooded and 2 weeks later it didn't eat at all so I tried to make it mad so I could feed it but it didn't eat and I used chlorinated water because I thought they could survive then it never ate at all and it started floating never going to the bottom. Then a month and a half later it died. Oh I live in the Philippines and I'm 11 years old my turtle was 2 inches long when I bought it and when it died.

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  • Dorion - 2010-04-30
    First, you feed the baby turtles krill, shrimp, mealworms, or bloodworms. You might have to cut the food for it to fit in the turtles mouth. It doesn't hurt to feed them vegetables, but give them more protein in their diet for the baby sliders. DO NOT give them chlorinated water. It is like a poison to them. Usually if you can drink it use that for the tank. Only feed the turtle 2 days a week, or small meals everyday. Make sure it gets enough UV(ultraviolet) radiation. You can buy a UV light for the tank. You will also need a basking rock for the turtle to you know bask.
  • jv - 2010-05-04
    I'm from philippines also. I have RES also, they are all female. Try to buy some RES that is very healthy.
  • Jared - 2011-04-08
    Read up how to care for it... I had RES since I was 10 and they are still healthy and alive after 16 yrs. Probably gonna out live me.
jayvee - 2010-05-04
Hi, I'm jan jayvee from pangasinan, philippines. I have four(4) female RES. I got them from the petshops in dagupan. One is unhealthy, I don't know why. Her eyes are always closed. She is about in 1.9 inches. Hope you can say what is her disease. Thank you

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  • Laura - 2010-05-25
    Eye disease in RES turtles can be from respiratory infection or vitamin deficiency. It's important to treat, because a blind turtle will probably not eat. Can you bring her to a vet? If not, try keeping her dry, under a heating light (80-85 degrees F) separate from her tankmates. Just put her in an inch of warm water once or twice a day to eat and poop, and not having to compete with her healthier friends. You can also try putting Vit A drops on her food or even in her eyes. One of my two baby turtles had this months ago and seemed close to death, but a vet disgnosed a resp. infection, and after antibiotic shots he was fine and is now the dominant turtle in the tank!
  • James - 2010-06-13
    Hi jayvee,
    Although I can't tell you what disease she has I can tell you one of mine had the same thing. I express the word HAD very greatly. She is now very healthy and well. All I did was provide the right filter(homemade), lighting, and heat and she became well. Suggest you raise the temperature in the water and the air. In a few weeks she should be all better.
  • motasm - 2010-08-06
    I have the same thing it's from cloromine in the normal water that's why.
  • \'\'cemaj\'\' - 2010-11-12
    She might have oddorenson.
  • Michael - 2011-03-21
    You need turtle eye drop, from pet store.
jone - 2010-12-05
I wonder how to take care of turtles properly?

keeba robinson - 2010-10-04
I just recently purchased a red eared slider and it's been three days and it still hasn't eaten should I be worried?

Bea - 2009-11-19
My son received Franklin as a gift for his 4th birthday. I never had a turtle and had no idea how to care for it. He was about the size of a quarter and lived in a small tank with about an inch of water,some gravel and a desk lamp. The poor thing lived in there for 3 years until my cousin told me he needs more space and water. We bought him a 10 gallon tank and filled most of it with water. He also got a dock and is fed live fish. I couldn't believe how happy he looked in the new tank! In a few months he grew 10x his original size. I felt so bad that we were not prepared to care for this gift. Although we didn't care for him properly for the first years of his life, I'm so glad he made it and is healthy. Based off the information we have read he is an adult and can be bred. He has very long front claws. I've noticed a few missing and growing back. Thank you for all the information.

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  • Anne Sugi - 2010-09-21
    Yes, good for you. Long front claws is a male. I have 3 turtles and 3 turtles are in the same tank and they are female. I have one male turtle with long claws in a separate tank. You can set up a 60 gallon tank with a 204 fluval filter system, a place to him to bask (a large dock sold in pet stores). Fill up the tank up to the dock. YOu will need a repti-sun lamp (UVB light) for his shell to be healthy and a submersible heater set at 75 degrees. He will live for a very long time. Oh, give him turtle pellets and romaine lettuce so that he gets protein and also vegetables to retain his feeding balance. Do not feed live fish, or shrimp if your turtle gets older because it is really bad for him. Just pellets, crush egg shells for calcium and vegetables.
alex - 2010-04-06
hehe, I got a lot of info here too! for an animal report. Thank you animal world!

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  • mohit vyas - 2010-08-19
    Hi friend I am mohit, and I am from India, I have a red eared turtle, he is too calm and quiet, I am searching for him a partner, I don't know that the turtle is he/she, could any one tell me how could we differentiate male and female RES, and plz also tell me that in which environment the female lays eggs, it's basically on land surface or under water?
maryann trotta - 2010-06-30
I have a red eared slider that we have had for 23yrs. This is the only turtle I have had in that time. Recently when cleaning the tank, I discovered an egg about 1 in long. This is the first time in 23 yrs this has happened-is it normal for her to lay an egg after this long?

Mark - 2010-06-05
I have a yellow eared slider that I caught out of a pond 20 years ago and she is still only about halfway through her life span.

lois - 2009-11-04
I wonder why are we all finding them in parking lots. That's also where I found mine about 3 months ago!

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  • julia - 2010-03-19
    that's so weird... I found one in the parking lot of my work today.
  • jf - 2010-06-03
    res turtles may be native to your state.
vanessa - 2010-05-30
I have a question... Some black stuff came out of my turtles bottom and the other turtle bit it and it began to bleed. The black stuff is still sticking out and stopped bleeding. Can anybody help me? Please. I don't know if its normal and its the first time it happens.