Help near Red-eared sliders?
I have four red-eared sliders and one of them is so little and not growing. Many more questions any good sites to reply these or where to find.
Umm okay if u live in Fl.. then near ilegal... soo ya.. and I hate thous thinga there mean as hell... and no I do not own any good sights. sorry.
http://www.anapsid.org/reslider.html or just search Red Eared Slider Care Information, its a common problem next to captive turtles. There is a lot of information out there.
some advice ..
Aquatic are a life long commitment.
I will you luck. Ihave been a Mom to 2 for 36 yrs.
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle.
I have used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and immediately a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at all.
Sliders, cooters , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied all are primarily the same and require the same basic fastidiousness.
They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows in the tank and examine them disappear in a few days! The more they eat the healthier the turtle. When I get these two 36 yrs ago all we had in hindmost then were goldfish to feed so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can get through goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also!
TOSS in a bird cuttle bone surrounded by the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they guzzle it that’s fine!!
They can have garden worms, meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
They involve leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at least 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash.
.**Swollen cloudy eyes which medium lacking in Vitamin A. Which we all stipulation for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables with Vitamin A.
Did you know that they need to bask beneath a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they need to grow.
They requirement a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 76 to 78 degrees always.
These turtles surrounded by captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
They will bite very very strong.
Under 4" they carry a disease called 'salmonella'. So you must wash after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will eliminate the smallest turtle if there is not enough room and food. Two BABY turtles (not over 3” a piece) should own a 55 gallon tank to start. TO START ! Cause if they live you’ll need 100 gallons soon.
And my pictures don't sprawl. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat!
Their sea needs to be clean otherwise they get sick efficiently from dirty water cause they poop allot. You need a accurate filter system!
Total Body length: 5-8" average for males, up to 12 inches max for females. Life span: 15-25+ years
Males have the longer front nails and are used in mate. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till roughly speaking 3” across.
Gravel larger than they can swallow.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your tank to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some general mouth bass and us humans.
You probably already know that they get sick easily, shell rot, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, vomiting, blowing bubbles from their nose. Fungus white cotton patch on their skin, treat by adding a 1/4 of a cup of aquarium salt per 5 gallons to irritate and hopefully kill fungus. The extra of sulfa drugs such as those sold at pet stores under the name "Dr. Turtle" also should help slay fungus. Here is one source that sells Dr. Turtle. They also now sell a Sulfa dip by Zoo Med to treat microbes and/or fungus.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state or country..