Red Eared Slider Turtle

The red-eared slider is a semi-aquatic turtle and is the most popular pet turtle in the United States. They are a type of pond slider and are relatively easy to take care of as pets.

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Can a yellow belly and a red-eared slider and a musk turtle live together?

Yes they can! But make sure there is only a 3 inch difference length wise (from head to tail of the shell) between your smallest turtle and your largest turtle. Because if there is too much difference; the bigger one could pick on it or even kill it. But other than that; you are good to go. Just watch for awhile to make sure they wont fight! Good luck!!!

They should all be male, or all female. If not they might fight over a mate...

YOU WILL NEED A HUGE CAGE! Not even a glass tank anymore. We're talking outdoor pond (for adults). They are large, active reptiles as adults and in my opinion keeping that many in a glass tank is cruel.

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Can red eared slider turtles drowned them self?

Yes, baby sliders can drown if there is to mch water in the tank you keep them in, in lakes they stay near shallow areas using weeds and rocks to bring themselves to the surface, if you have a baby in a tank make sure to provide something for them to climb on, rocks, drift wood, etc

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How often can red eared sliders eat strawberries?

i usually feed my turtles fresh fruits and veggies once a week

They're ok once in a while, but they're high in oxalic acid (along with kale and spinach), which inhibits calcium usage, so don't offer them too often.

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Do red eared slider turtles eat blood worms?

they can but only as a treat

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Do red eared sliders eat grass?

yes they do because it is part of their jobs to

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Can red eared sliders swim?

Yes, their water levels need to be as deep as possible.

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What do you do when your baby red ear slider has not eaten all week and sleeps all the time?

The most likely cause of the problem is that the weather is getting cold. Turtles are cold-blooded animals, meaning, they cannot create their own body heat. They use the sun's heat and light. A captive turtle living indoors does not get much (if any) direct sunlight, so you have to provide it artificially, using a UV heat lamp.

Furthermore, turtles go into hibernation during the winter months, meaning, they slow down their metabolism to the point where food energy is not required. This is not healthy for a captive turtle. In the wild, turtles bury themselves deep in the mud to hibernate, and this obviously isn't possible for a turtle that lives in a tank.

Since most baby turtles are hatched in the spring and summer, people typically do not notice that their turtle is suffering from lack of heat and light until the weather starts getting colder. That's when the turtle stops eating and starts acting sluggish and sleepy.

What you need to do is prevent the turtle from going into hibernation, by buying a UV heat lamp to put/hang over the tank. This will provide the turtle with the heat and UV light that it is not receiving from the sun.

When I first got my baby red-eared slider, she started doing the exact same thing you are describing, once the summer ended and the weather started getting colder. I bought her a UV heat lamp and she perked right up (well, it took a few days), and I've never had that problem since.

You can buy UV heat lamps at Petco and other pet stores. You can also 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 webpage where you can buy Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp Bulbs, and a lamp to put those bulbs in, and another to the website where you can buy a timer for the lamp.

Do NOT wait to buy a UV heat lamp. Once the symptoms start, you have about 3 weeks to provide the turtle with heat and UV light, before it may die.

Once the UV heat lamp is set up, you should leave it on all year round, even in the summer months. The turtle may not need the extra heat in the summer months, but it still needs the UV light.

However, note that hatchling turtles typically do not eat for the first 1 to 2 weeks out of the egg. While it still has its "egg tooth," it most likely will not eat, as it is still living off of the placenta of the egg. If it does not eat after 10 days of birth you need to see a vet (or about 5 days after it loses it's egg tooth, which normally occurs 5 to 7 days after birth.

There are also underlying medical problems that could be the reason, but would also accompany other signs, i.e., difficulty breathing, eye infections, shell softening. Most vets that deal with reptiles can help.

The turtle could also have a respiratory infection. This is mainly caused by it being kept too cold. Other signs are crooked swimming, not swimming away when it sees you like it normally does, bubbles coming out of it's nose and mouth, and the very unpleasant opening of the mouth like if it was trying to breath out really hard, floating, and not being able to swim down.

This is bad because it can die, but if you notice it early, then a shot from the vet and making the water much warmer will help it recover just fine. You have to slightly spoil them with treats to encourage them to start eating again. Cooked, wet, ground beef was the only thing mine ate when she was in the late stage of floating. Try small live earth worms too. But most importantly, you need a UV heat lamp.

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Can you keep a Red Eared Slider Turtle with a Tiger Oscar?

The slyder requires different lighting than the Oscar. The trutle may try to eat the fish. Unless he is a larger fish. The slyder does not require a temp controlled environment like the Oscar. They also require different pH levels. You could try it but I would not expect great things for the Oscar. Turtles are also very dirty and may require another filter poss and under gravel. To make sure you turn over enough water to keep it cleaned.

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Why do red eared sliders bite their eggs?

I wouldn't know for sure... but my guess (PURE guess) would be to check if the egg has the right hardness... or something? Underdeveloped eggs means underdeveloped offspring >.>

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Do red eared sliders have teeth?

no turtles have teeth.

they have a beak that is made out of keratin, which is what our fingernails are made out of

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How long can red eared sliders go without eating?

MY first thought when I saw this question was '...this person is going on holiday, and wants to know how long they can abandon their pet for...' IF that's the case - DON'T ! ANY pet-shop that specialises in reptiles will be able to house your res for short periods (for a small fee to cover food etc)

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What if your red ear slider is sneezing and hasn't eaten?

Your turtle may not be eating because he is new, but if he is sneezing too he may have PNEUMONIA. PNEUMONIA Symptoms - refusing to eat, sneezing, bubbling at the nose/runny nose, raspy noise when breathing & lethargy. Possible Causes - Pneumonia is caused by damp, cold, draughty conditions. Having warm water & cold air can also cause it, & visa versa. Solution/Prevention - FATAL IF NOT TREATED - TAKE TURTLE TO VET! Immediately move turtle to warm dry housing. Use a tungsten light to warm air temperatures. Fix problems in regular enclosure by ensuring land & water temps. are both warm. Stop draughts from windowa and doors. In Winter place a lid over the basking area of your turtle's enclosure. With thanks to TJ Thornton's book: 'Keeping Red-eared Turtles in New Zealand'

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Do red-eared slider turles drink from a water bowl?

No, they drink the water that they are swimming/living in.

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Can red eared sliders eat crackers?

No ! WHY would you want to feed a RES on something that is NOT part of its NATURAL diet !

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How much water does a red eared slider need?

Adult sliders need 75 gallons plus of water. Babies can be perfectly happy starting out in a 10gallon tank and upgrading as they grow. The water should be as deep as possible.

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How do you tell the difference between yellow bellied slider and red eared slider?

Yellow-bellied sliders have a completely yellow plastron (bottom shell) but a red-eared slider will have ring-like markings on their plastron.

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Why does your red eared slider sleeps all day?

Your turtle may be sleepy because the water is too cold. Check the temperature. You may need a heater.

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Why has your Red Eared Slider turtle stopped eating?

Because the water in aquarium is too cold! It'll die unless you get a heater! If you have a heater and it's not eating, you have nothing to worry about.

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Do turtles menstruate?

Only mammals have periods. Turtles are reptiles and reproduce by laying eggs. Therefore, no periods. Turtles don't even have wombs, since their embyoes develop in the egg, outside of the mother's body, usually buried in the ground.

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What does it mean if this red-eared slider has a bump on the side of his head?

It could only mean one thing.....I sorry to say this but it has cancer :( You might as well kill it now and take it out of its mesery. Owwww, sucker. I mean how sad...

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How do you raise a baby red-eared slider if you can't find the mom or dad turtle?

I do not believe that turtles nurture their young past the egg stage (building an appropriate nest). Young turtles are left to fend for themselves as soon as they hatch. The above answer is correct... so the answer to how you raise one is simple. You don't. Leave it alone. In many areas turtles are protected, and cannot legally be taken from the wild and raised as pets. If you found it on the road, or some place that isn't safe - bring it into the bush or near a local watering hole. If the carapace is broken, take it to a wildlife vet and they can take care of releasing it after providing care. go to your local pet store, get reptomin baby turtle food, and all the accessories needed to ensure they have proper heat and filtration. once they become the size of a 50-cent peice, continue to feed them reptomin baby, but also start feeding them dried krill (you can find this in the walmart fish aisle - of course, you will have to break it into smaller peices with your fingers), and even try feeding them very young baby fish and guppies. with the proper water depth (recommended only being as deep as the width of their shell plus legs fully stretched out), proper uva/uvb light, proper temperature, and proper filtration (to ensure they do not get skin bacteria disease), your baby turtle should be good to go! i would also recommend getting that turtle shell lotion they have to help shells grow strong to prevent softshell disease.

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How big do red eared sliders get?

An fully grown adult will have an upper shell (carapace) up to 10 inches in length.
Red Eared Sliders get to be 10-12 inches long. Females will grow to be larger than males.

Red eared sliders can get up to 8in to 10in for males and 10in to 12in for females


It takes 5 years for them to get fully grown, in captivity. They can get anywhere from 10-12 inches & they live for about 40 years. Make sure you have at least a 100 Gal. tank or a small outdoor pond for your full grown slider.

Also, they must have a heat lamp of at least 60 watts, located above their land, so that they can have a place to bask. You will need a water heater that will keep the water temp from 75-80 degrees F. Keep a thermometer in the water to ensure that the temperature is staying constant. The basking place should be 80 F - 85 F.

~Annie De..., Future owner of Pet Love.

Revised and corrected by Maddie Moo
Red Eared Slider turtles get to be 10-12 inches long, females being bigger than males.
Adult red ear turtles reach up to 25 cm (10 inches) in carapace length.
i have heard anywhere from 5 to 12 inches
well they will get as big as you let them, if your have a small aquarium, they will stay relatively small. A big tank (like 50 or 60 gallons is recomended) they will reach their normal, and healthy size. a small tank is really cruel. they will get up to 12 inches at top, healthy size. 10 gallons per ich is healthy. a healthy turtle is alot more active, fun to watch, and most of all worth your money!

I have seen red eared sliders (females) as big as sewer lids. This is not an unusual size in the wild. I often saw them this size by the river and lake on our farm. So, it depends on how big your tank is and if you have males or females. In my experience, they will continue to grow larger and you will need to provide quite a large tank for them. They are quite messy, like all aquatic turtles, so know what you are commiting to before you get them. They are rewarding animals if you are willing to put in the time, space and effort!

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Will my red eared slider eat apples?

Yes. But they must be cut into small pieces.

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Can a red eared slider turtle regrow its lost leg?

no it can not

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What are Good names for red eared slider?

good names for a red eared slider should be based on their personality/what they're like.

hope this helped.

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