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For a short period of time yes. Eventually you will need one if you want your turtle to be healthy and live longer.

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you need a big tank 55 gallons and up because they get pretty big and you need a heat lamp, dock and turtle food


I would give them a UVB 5.0 light and also a heating lamp in a basking area in it's cage.


10-12 hours a day of natural sunlight. Or you could buy a U.V.B. light and basking lamp so that the water doesn't over heat and kill the turtle.



It depends what type of turtle. My yellow bellied turtle (yellow bellied slider) in Scotland cost me £18, but that wasn't the tank, filter, water heater or heat lamp, (you may also need a UV lamp) that was just the turtle.


Yes! That's how they get their heat. If they're under a lamp in the water, the water will absorb and diffuse all the heat. A heat lamp made specifically for reptiles is a must too!


Depending on the type of turtle, preventing hibernation varies, but with almost all water turtles (red-eared slider; painted turtle) all one needs to do is ensure that the water temperature is atleast 80 degrees Fahrenheit . Make sure there is a heating lamp and a floating log or rock for the turtle to bask on. These can be found commercially at nearly all pet supply stores.


Yes, you can, and you should. It is dangerous and unhealthy for a captive turtle to go into hibernation.What you need to do is put/hang a UV heat lamp over the tank. The heat lamp simulates the summer sun, so the turtle goes through the winter without hibernating. This is definitely the safest course of action.You can buy heat lamps at most pet stores, including Petco. You can even buy a timer for the lamp, so you don't have to be home to turn it on every morning and off every night.I have included two links: one to the Petco page where you can buy Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp Bulbs, and a lamp to put those bulbs in. The other is to a website called X10.com, where you can buy a timer.


AnswerDo you have a heat lamp for the turtle? See the Related Question below.AnswerMy baby turtle has the same problem but I'll tell you what I know... Red eared sliders can only eat in water, and they wont eat if its too cold or if your watching him/her. also try giving him/her different foods and try to see if he/she will eat that. also if it is a new turtle then wait a few day until it is used to its surrondings. and baby red eared sliders like meat alot more then anything else so try and give cooked salmon or cooked meat. I hope that your turtle eats!Another Answer:Red Eared Slider turtles eat MEAT when babies, make sure they are at home and comfy and not spazzing out, then slip a small piece of chicken in their tank. It will sink, but they should find it. Also, when Red Eared Sliders are babies, the water cannot go above their heads if they are on their back legs. Their heads need to poke out.


Yes, they do it all the time in the wild!


not a cage but a tank it depends on the size of the turtle always porvide swimmig water and land a lamp too.


no they need the warmth a lamp will be good or by a sun shinny window


Yes, red-eared sliders need a dry area to get out of the water. Above this area should be a turtle basking lamp. Aquatic turtles will bask daily. Basking keeps the turtle's skin and shell health from fungus while the UV in the light is needed for the turtles growth. Without a dry area and a basking light your turtle will not be healthy and happy.


You need a heat lamp and to regulate the water temp to around 74 degrees. Then it will eat turtle pellets.


Depending on how big the turtle is, a tank will need to be bought (20 gallons minimum). Both water and land should be available (some tanks have dividers to keep the land from dissolving in the water). A filter for the water part of the tank (should be a specialty to avoid injuring the turtle) is a must unless the water is changed every day. A UV lamp for the turtle to sun itself, some natural decoration (avoid plastics, and anything found roadside like branches since toxins can enter them) and food.


To set up an aquarium for a water turtle such as a red eared slider or yellow bellied slider, follow the following guidelines for a happy turtle environment.Equipment:Aquarium heaters (Maintain water temperature of 78 degrees)Air pump, tubing and air stonesHeat lamp with basking bulb (must emit UVA and UVB light)Basking platform such as Turtle Dock by Zoo MedSetup:These turtles need to be able to get out of the water to bask. Their shells must be able to dry out to avoid damage. They need heat and proper lighting in order to digest food.


Yes, all captive turtles, especially babies, need lamps that provide both heat, and UVA and UVB rays. It is very important that you have both. If you don't have these lamps, your turtles may develop shell rot, which causes discoloration and the shell to become "squishy". The heat lamp can be just a standard incandescent bulb, as long as it heats up the basking area enough. The UVA/UVB lamp isn't as important as heat, but both are necessary for the turtle.


In the wild, turtles bury themselves deep in the mud of their favorite pond, and hibernate all winter. Obviously, this isn't possible for a turtle who lives in a tank. It is dangerous and unhealthy to let a captive turtle try to hibernate. What you need to do is buy a UV heat lamp to put/hang over the tank. The heat lamp will simulate the summer sun, and the turtle will go through the winter without hibernating. You can buy heat lamps and bulbs at most pet stores, including Petco. You can even buy a timer for the heat lamp, so you don't have to be home to turn it on every morning, and off every night. I have included two links: one to the Petco webpage where you can buy Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp Bulbs, and a lamp to put those bulbs in. The other link is to a website called X10.com, where you can buy a timer for the lamp.


I have 3 sliders, and if they're not warm enough to bask, they will grow fungus on their shell that could go deep and cause a deadly septic infection. I recommend a 60-75 watt bulb


Yes, but it's really not going to get hot enough for your turtle. Also, make sure you have at least TWO lamps, a heat lamp, and a UVB emulating lamp.


Don't let it hibernate. It is dangerous and unhealthy to let a captive turtle go into hibernation. What you need to do is buy a UV heat lamp to put/hang over the tank. The heat lamp will simulate the summer sun, so your turtle will go through the winter without hibernating. You can buy heat lamps and UV bulbs at Petco and other pet stores. You can even buy a timer for the heat lamp, so you don't have to be home to turn it on every morning, and off every night. I have included two links for you: one to the Petco page where you can buy Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp Bulbs, and a lamp to put those bulbs in. The other is to a website called X10.com, where you can buy a timer.


Do you have a heat lamp for the turtle? See the Related Question below.


Yes, they can. The operative word is 'can', as in ability, not preference. All turtles should be given the opportunity to get out of the water. They are cold water reptiles that need an outside heat source to warm up. I have a red-eared slider and a painted turtle. Both prefer to stay in the water 90% of the time. Occasionally they climb out, stretch out each limb under the heat lamp for a good drying out, then duck back under the water.Answer- no you will need to put a rock in there so it can busk by the heat lamp


Not a heater, a heat lamp. In the wild, turtles bury themselves deep in the mud and hibernate during the winter months. Obviously, this isn't possible for a turtle who lives in a tank. It is dangerous and unhealthy to let a captive turtle go into hibernation. A UV heat lamp will simulate the summer sun and provide the Ultra-Violet (UV) light that your turtle needs, so the turtle will stay warm and go through the winter without hibernating. You can buy a UV heat lamp to put/hang over the tank at most pet stores, including Petco. You can even buy a timer for the tank (not at Petco, though, for some reason), so you don't have to be home to turn it on every morning, and off every night. I have included two links: one to the Petco page where you can buy Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp bulbs, and a lamp to put those bulbs in. The other is to a website called X10.com, where you can buy a timer for the lamp.


Turtles might not eat for a variety of reasons. 1) If its tank or basking area is too cold, his digestive system might slow down. Make sure that he is away from cold areas of your home, such as a window or doorway if it's cold outside, and make sure that he has both a water heater and a nice hot basking lamp. 2) Turtles often do not like change in their environment. If you have recently traveled with your turtle, or moved his tank, or even rearranged the inside of his tank, he may not eat for a few days. 3) If he does not eat for four days or more, he might be sick, so call a local veterinarian. Find one that has a turtle/reptile specialist, because not all vets do. Because of their slow metabolism, it can take a long time for a turtle to recover from sickness, so call your vet as soon as possible. Also, it's red-eared slider, not red-eyed slider.



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