Red Eared Slider Turtle is a peaceful, harmless, sociable and extremely alert pet turtle. They are territorial by nature and excellent swimmers. They are now gaining rapid popularity around the world as an aquarium pet or for outdoor ponds.
Size: red eared sliders will grow to an adult size of up to 12 inches long. The adult male turtles can grow up to 7-9 inches by size. The females can attain a length of 10-12 inches. However, some individuals seldom grow bigger.
Temperament & Personality: Red-Eared Slider, also called the red-eared terrapin, is an American breed of turtles widely spread across the USA, and is quickly becoming an invasive species in many parts of the world. If provoked, these turtles do bite, both in the wild or as pets, and that can be quite painful. They would not bite without a cause. But the bite can prove harmful. Never house two males together they tend to be aggressive toward one another.
Tank Requirements: A glass enclosure that has enough water to allow the turtles to swim around a minimum of 10 gallons for every 1″ of shell length. They need an area where they can climb up easily from the water and bask. The tank must be deep, since the turtles love swimming in deep waters. Clean tap water is necessary. pH level of the water should be 7.0-7.5. But the temperature of the water should always be towards the warmer side, around 77 – 80 degrees F (25.5 – 26.5 C). Getting a water filters is highly advised. having a strong filter is essential to keep the environment healthy and free from factors causing diseases. All kinds of aquarium filters like the under-gravel filter, the internal or the external canister filters are recommended for the purpose. These reptiles need to warm up in the sun at intervals. UVB lamps are a substitute to this, as they provide enough light and heat to these cold-blooded creatures. A 5% or more UVB light is recommended for the purpose, and has to be placed in such a way that it keeps the basking area around 10 degrees more than the temperature of the water.
Diet: High quality commercial pellets and both plant-based and animal-based items are recommended for this species.
Colors: Mainly green marked with yellow stripes. They have a red patch behind each of the eyes. However, some might have a single red patch on top their head. In adult, the color of the turtle starts to change to olive or yellow. The fine light patterns turn darker, while some part of the shell get hues of yellow, white or even red. With aging, all hues, gradually, start to fade, until the coloration attains a solid hue of green-brown or dark olive.
History: Red-Eared Slider, also called the red-eared terrapin, is an American breed of turtles widely spread across the USA, and is quickly becoming an invasive species in many parts of the world. It is also the most popular breed of pet turtle in the US and is widely kept as pet around the world. Considering the total number of turtles and tortoises traded globally, this breed is the most commonly-traded testudines of its kind.
Origin: United States
Life span: 20 years +
Temperament: peaceful, harmless, sociable ,extremely alert and territorial
Weight: 6.61 lbs
Colors: brown, black, dull green
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- About 3 Weeks
- 0.53 LBS
- 7.50 (in)