First, you need a tank. Check your local store for availability. If you're using a water heater, maybe turn it down a little to 76-78 degrees to get their metabolisms out of high gear. With the right set-up, red-eared sliders can be pretty easy to take care of. We have captive-bred Red-eared Slider turtles for sale at the internet's lowest prices. They can live for 30+ years with good care. An average-to-large turtle with a relatively flat shell. Get to know the Red Ear Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) - Red Ear Sliders are the most common aquatic turtle pet and can live for up to 50 years in captivity. I really don't know what to do! Please help! Hi! In most turtle species, females will grow quite a bit larger than males, so this is also important to consider, she adds. “A baby red eared slider, for example, might be sold when it’s only four inches long but can be expected to eventually reach 10 to 12 inches in length,” says Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinarian in Fort Collins, CO. My turtle's name is Rosalie, and she is a red-eared turtle. If you offer any fruit at all, limit it to very small quantities as a special treat. The difference is so big because there are a lot of predators and other dangerous things in the wild that will end up hurting the turtle, thus reducing their lifespan. Get them on a three day a week schedule and limit the amount or you're in for some health problems down the road. You don’t need to have that much water, but the … Red Eared Slider Turtle Habitat. However, this isn't a natural staple in the red-eared sliders diet, and it may cause diarrhea. Selection varies by store. I’m sorry, but I don’t know of anywhere that has an opening for red eared sliders. Red-eared slider turtles are the most common species of pet turtle in the world. Rosalie doesn't eat, constantly sleeps, and rarely moves! Compared to other aquarium creatures, red-eared sliders require a relatively large amount of space. Red Eared Slider Turtle Trachemys elegans. I really want her to grow back to the wonderful turtle she is. I don’t have an easy solution, but we’ve organized some information that may help you understand the issue better. Freezing some types of fish increases levels of an enzyme in the fish that destroys vitamin B1. Don't feed frozen fish, or at least not very often. Red-eared sliders can get very large so getting the biggest tank you can manage, is not only important for the turtle but will also spare you the time and money if you were to buy a small enclosure. Go to the pet store and get a regular 150 watt blue day bulb to raise the basking temperatures. I am 10 years old. As pets Red Eared sliders can live anywhere from 30 years to 50 years. Unfortunately it’s a more complex issue than you may realize. Head is black with yellow lines and a distinct red mark behind the eye that fades with old age. Additional Resources- Help with Unwanted Red Ear Sliders. - - Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. 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