Red-Eared Slider is a semiaquatic turtle and it is the most popular pet turtle across the rest of the world. It is also known as Red-eared Terrapin, Red-eared Turtle and also Water Slider Turtle. This slider also been listed in top 100 most invasive species published by International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Red-eared Slider originated in the area that is found around the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. It prefers the warmer climates of the southeastern region of the United States, and native habitats include the southeastern part of Colorado, all the way to Virginia and even down to Florida.
Red-eared slider can be found in the warm, still waters that they can be move into and out of the water easily. You can spot one or two taking a rest on tree trunks or rocks which is an ideal spot for warming themselves while exposed to the sunshine. Even though they are native to these parts of the Americas, the breed can be found in the wild all over the world.
This is a direct result of pet releases and other reasons, and it makes red-eared sliders one of the most invasive species in the world. This tend to be a major problem to the flora and fauna since some part of the world are not a their true habitat.
The cheapest way to build a good habitat for red-eared sliders is to get a 10 or 20-gallon tank of an aquarium but when the sliders grow larger, you best to replace it quickly into larger container. Other than that, you also need a dry docking area, a basking heat light and UV lighting.
Dry docking area is a must since the sliders are semi-aquatic turtles. Put a rock or tree trunk in your aquarium and make sure it spacious enough for the sliders to bask in the light to absorb heat and UV rays. Turtles need water temperature between 75 and 80 Fahrenheit (24 to 27 Celsius). The basking dock need to be 85 to 95 Fahrenheit (29 to 32 Celsius). If water temperature too low, use basking light or any heating device. Full spectrum UV lighting is necessary to mimic the benefits the turtle would get from natural sunlight. It is best to leave the light on for 10 to half a day per day.
Red-eared sliders are known for being messy-eaters and can create a lot of waste. Either you are willing to clean their tank everyday or just use a water filter. Messy tank can create health problem for your little swimmer. They are omnivorous animal (eat animal and vegetable). Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations on feeding to maintain a healthy weight for your turtle’s size.
Red-eared sliders are active pets that love swimming and diving. Sometimes, they need to be on land to rest and have some sun. A captive sliders tend to be more friendly and outgoing to human rather than the wild ones. In fact, wild turtles tends to hide in their shells or underwater when they hear or see something approaching. It will take a large amount of time for them to get use to you.
On the other hands, a captive-bred will swim up to you expecting a treat or two. All turtles will hide when you pick it up or put on your hand due to being nervous or unknowing what going to happen to them. Sometimes, they even will runaway quickly as possible. It is best to simply enjoy the sight of your turtle in aquarium rather than wanting to pet them like a furry animal.
- Length: 6 to 8 inches
- Type: Semi – aquatic turtle
- Color: Green features bright yellow stripes and a distinct red patch located behind both eyes.
Red-eared slider often carry salmonella and other pathogens that can spread to humans. Wash your hands after handling them is a must. It is best to look for a turtle at a reputable breeder or rescue group that can give you details on the animal history and health. There are other symptoms that you need to watch out to keep them in good condition. Such as:
- Gastrointestinal parasites: Poor appetite and abnormal feces
- Respiratory infections: Habitat too cold
- Shell rot or Ulcers: Unsanitary habitat or Improper diet
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