Pet Spotlight - Red Ear Slider Water Turtles

Red-eared slider turtles are a popular pet for homeowners. If you think that a red-eared slider turtle might be the right pet for you, here are a few tips to help your new pet live a happy and healthy life.

What should you feed your Red-Eared Slider?

Young turtles are mainly carnivorous and need to be fed every day.  As they reach adulthood, they become more omnivorous and can eat every other day. Your adult turtle should be 25% commercial food, 25% animal protein, and 50% vegetation.  The commercial food can be floating pellets or kibble.  The animal protein may be earthworms, cooked chicken, snails, crickets, mealworms, etc.  For vegetation, you can provide your turtle with collard greens, mustard greens, squash, green beans, sweet potatoes, apples, or bananas.

What kind of cage does your turtle need?

Red-eared Sliders will need a warm environment with both water and dry areas.  A glass or acrylic  aquarium will be perfect for your turtle. As your turtle grows, it will need a larger environment.  A 55-gallon aquarium is recommended for adult turtles.

What kind of lighting do they need?

Your turtle shouldn’t have direct exposure to sunlight. Although they do like the aquarium temperature to be at approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit, you want to make sure that the cage does not overheat in direct sunlight. Use a full spectrum ultraviolet fluorescent light, instead.

Should I add any furnishings to the cage?

Of course! You want to mimic your turtle’s natural environment. Add substrate, such as large aquarium gravel. You can also add driftwood and cork bark for basking.

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