I hold a fish and a Red Eared Slider within indistinguishable aquarium. Is this ok?
i have a red eared slider and i sometimes buy fish for it to munch through. so i assume that your turtle would just eat the fish... that's what they eat surrounded by their natural habitat
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle. I hold used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and now a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at all. And a natural life time commitment.
Sliders, cooters , painted, map, yellow bellied all are basically indistinguishable and require the same basic care.
For their needed protein and calcium drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows surrounded by the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! When I get these two 36 yrs ago all we had in pay for then were goldfish to feed , so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can put away goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also! TOSS in a bird cuttle bone contained by the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they chomp through 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 have need of 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..
Did you know that they entail to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they stipulation to grow. So that means getting a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 75 to 78 degrees other.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
These are not cuddly pets and will bite very particularly hard.
Under 4" they carry a disease called 'salmonella'. So you must clean after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if there is not plenty room and food.
And my pictures don't lie. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to get through!
Their water needs to be clean otherwise they attain sick easily from dirty water cause they poop allot. You inevitability a good 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 contained by mating. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs hoary. You can’t start sexing till about 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 similar to coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
You probably already know that they get sick easily, shell rot, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, blowing bubbles from their antenna. Fungus white cotton patches on their skin?
**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking contained by Vitamin A. Which we all need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables near Vitamin A.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state. I wish you luck.
These two females of mine are which I have cart around for 36 long yrs plus 3 adoptees in the last 6 yrs. Which my kids aren’t even that old. And have 5 for the last 6 yrs I spend over 300.00 a month which includes over 400 goldfish and minnows per month. Leafy greens and fruits 4 times a week and plus electricity plus I also feed dried cubed blood worms or tubiflex worms at least 5 times a week. For one turtle its still going to cost ya. The setup alone container, Big tank, heater, GOOD filter, UVA/UVB rep light, bask dock. Feeders, greens, fruits, dried turtle food. and electricity? YIKES!