Red Eared Slider Turtle (live) - in store only, no shipping

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Red-Eared Slider Facts

Scientific Name: trachemys scripta elegans
Average Adult Size 6 to 12 inches long
Average Life Span 20 to 40 years with proper care
Diet omnivore

Will reach adult size in 12 to 18 months under ideal conditions; upgrade habitat size as your turtle grows.

Diet

A well-balanced red-eared slider diet consists of:

  • red-eared sliders need a pelleted commercial diet.
  • Commercial turtle treats and freeze-dried krill may be given as treats.
  • Non-toxic aquatic plants (anachris, water lettuce), dark leafy vegetables and sliced vegetables such as squash and carrots.
  • Comet goldfish, earthworms and insects may be offered as treats.

Feeding

Things to remember when feeding your red-eared slider:

  • Fresh, clean, chlorinefree water should be available at all times.
  • Feed all turtles daily; need to be fed in water to eat.

Housing

  • Size - Appropriately sized habitat, at least a 40 gallon breeder tank with a screened lid so the turtle can’t escape. A good rule of thumb is 10 gallons per inch of turtle; adult turtles will require more room.
  • Be sure the habitat selected is wide enough o give the turtle room to comfortably turn around.
  • Habitat - Aquatic turtles drink the water they swim in, so it needs to be changed frequently.
  • Substrate - Slate, rock or gravel that is too large to eat is optional; water for swimming area; some aquatic turtles require a shallow area they can rest in the water with their head sticking out. Red-eared sliders require a turtle dock area to bask out of the water; create basking areas for easy entry and exit to water.
  • Temperature - Temperature gradient (95°F for the warm end/basking area and 75°F for the cool end/water); use a basking bulb and submersible heater as primary heat source.
  • Lighting - UVB rays with full spectrum lighting for 10 to 12 hours a day is required. Incandescent lighting is needed for basking area.
  • House adult aquatic turtles alone and do not house different turtle species together.

Normal Behavior

  • Turtles do not like frequent handling and may bite when frightened.
  • Aquatic turtles are excellent swimmers.
  • Turtles will bask regularly under a heat lamp in a dry, warm area.

Habitat Maintenance

  • Keep the habitat clean and remove uneaten food and feces right away.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect the habitat at least once a week: place turtle in a secure habitat; scrub the tank and furnishings with a 3% bleach solution; rinse thoroughly with water, removing all traces of bleach smell.
  • Add clean, dechlorinated water with a temperature range from 70 to 75°F before returning turtle.

Grooming & Hygiene

  • Aquatic turtles occasionally replace their individual scutes as they grow.

Health

Signs of a Healthy Animal

  • Active and alert
  • Eats regularly
  • Healthy, hard shell with no lesions
  • Clear, bright eyes with no swelling
  • Healthy skin with no sores
  • Clear nose and vent