RES lighting requirements?
I was wondering if i was giving adequate light for their shells and vitamin D. I live in a very cloudy nouns in SF and its hard to get sunlight. I put them external for about 2 hours every week. They are indoors and I don't know where to get a well brought-up light that emits UVB rays.
NO! u want a uv light fixture they may seem fine but this will catch up to them very soon go to r local pet store and by a uv light
that with a resourcefully balanced diet is a almost perfect sub for the sun.nearly
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle.
I enjoy used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and now a 150 gal pond.
Two BABY turtles (not over 3” a piece) could have a 55 gallon cistern to start. TO START Cause if they live you’ll need 100 gallons soon.
And my pictures don't lie. All ages and adjectives sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat!
Sliders, westerns, cooters , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied adjectives are basically the same and require the same underlying care.
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 container and watch them disappear in a few days! The more they eat the well again the turtle. When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we had surrounded by 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 solitary 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 lowest possible 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash apples.
.**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 necessitate to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they obligation to grow.
They need a turtle basking dock.
Gravel larger than they can swallow
Leave the heater on 76 to 78 degree always.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
They will bite particularly very hard. Under 4" they carry a disease call 'salmonella'. So you must wash after every handling.
These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if nearby is not enough room and food.
Their water needs to be verbs otherwise they get sick easily from dirty water wreak they poop allot. You need 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 nail and are used in mating. And are considered mature at just about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till about 3” across.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your reservoir to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
They get sick efficiently, shell rot holes actually rotting through the shell, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, vomiting, blowing bubbles from their nose. Fungus white cotton patches on their skin, treat by adding together a 1/4 of a cup of aquarium salt per 5 gallons to irritate and hopefully kill fungus. The addition of sulfa drugs such as those sold at pet stores lower than the name "Dr. Turtle" also should help kill fungus. Here is one source that sell Dr. Turtle. They also now sell a Sulfa dip by Zoo Med to treat bacteria and/or fungus.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE surrounded by your city and state or country..