My soft shell red eared slider?

Ok so i've been told to put my soft shell red ear slider in direct sunlight since i can't afford to buy a UV light. Can i put it external on the dry ground? i will watch it wherever it goes. What is Vitamin D-3 ? i know its food but what is it? & how long do i own to keep the turtle outside on the dry ground with direct sunlight? HELP!
Listen to Peek about the time in the sun. You can also add dietary D3 by feed strips of liver, preferably dusted in bone meal. Other sourced of D vitamins are cod-liver oil and Linatone. Make certain to provide plenty of calcium too. You can feed live fish (for the bones), earthworms, or use the bone meal. You can also put a cuttlebone within the water or even a chunk of plaster.
It's fine to put it on dry ground but be certain that when it wants water, give it some. I know Vitamin D-3 have something to do with the turtle's growth and daily energy requests. Your turtle should have a balanced diet, when your turtle's still young, nurture it live meat(feeder guppies/goldfish/meal worms/snails/crayfish)+Reptomin, and when it's already mature, feed your turtle w/ plants&greens+Reptomin. Just research the greens/aquatic plants that are edible to your turtle. Your turtle requests 8 hours of UVB/UVA light everyday. I don't know how long it has to stay in the sunlight. Good luck near your turtle!
Answers:    Make a high-ceilinged enclosure on the ground cause these guys climb really well...and move FAST!
form sure the water is covering his shell and put a rock in so that he can climb up on it and sun himself.For at least possible 4 hrs a day...
Or use a big plastic tub..No metal.
some advice and tips from someone who has have theirs for 36 yrs..

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Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle. I have used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and now a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at adjectives. And a life time commitment.
Sliders, cooters , painted, map, yellow bellied all are roughly the same and require the same basic exactness.
For their needed protein and calcium drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows in the tank and watch them disappear within a few days! When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we had within back then were goldfish to nurture , so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also!
TOSS surrounded by a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and whether they eat 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 merely as a treat.
They need 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 possible 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash..**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking in Vitamin A. Which we adjectives need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables with Vitamin A.
Did you know that they call for to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they have need of 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 deeply hard.
Under 4" they carry a disease called 'salmonella'. So you must mop up after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if there is not ample 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 drink!
Their water needs to be clean otherwise they win sick easily from dirty water cause they poop allot. You entail 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 mature. 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 snout. Fungus white cotton patches on their skin?


Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state, country
I wish you luck.
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