Red Eared Slider Turtle is a great pet to have, we used to have several in a very large tank. You can go big or small but whatever you decide you will enjoy watching these guys swim around the tank, sit on the rocks and do what turtles do.
Did you know?
1. How to tell the sex of a turtle? – Take a look at their tail and the turtles with the larger tails are the males, yes it’s that simple.
2. How long does a turtle live – When you buy your turtle plan on becoming life long friends because when taken care of properly they can live for decades. Yes, decades and for those of you who don’t know how long that is, it is ten years per decade. Your average turtle will live anywhere from 20 to 40 years.
3. Do turtles hibernate? – When turtles live out in the wild it is a natural process during the winter for them to hibernate. With the life they live in our aquariums they generally do not, at least it is not encouraged. If you want to have your turtle hibernate, it is a good idea to have your veterinarian take a look at them and give them a check up. If they give the OK, here is what you need to do.
- Don hasn’t fed them for a two week period
- Bring the temperature where they are kept down to 45-55 degrees, you can do this all at once or gradually, which ever seems right to you.
4. Turtles can live above water as well as swim under water – I loved watching our turtles basking on top of rocks and things, it was fun building up areas for them to enjoy this. When they went swimming me and the kids would sit and watch them swim and paddle their feet, a simple pleasure but so much fun and educational as well. Feeding them was also a great way for the kids to learn responsibility for their pet.
5. Selling turtles are illegal? – In 1975 the selling of turtles with shells less than four inches long were banned because it was believed that they spread Salmonella. This is enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and advises consumers not to buy small turtles for pets.
I personally enjoyed the time we had our turtles as did the kids. At some point it became too much work because of the number of turtles that we had and the time it took to clean the tank and change the water. It is something I think is a good idea for kids to enjoy at least once.