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01 August, 2008

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  Red Ear Sliders

 

Fun Facts
 

Red ear sliders are omnivores.  When young they eat a primarily carnivorous diet but as they age they begin to include plants.  It is important for them in captivity to get enough calcium and protein.  They do well on turtle chow but need greens, veggies and occasional fruit to supplement their diet.  They should be fed crickets or earth worms for protein. Red ear sliders are native to the United States and are found in lakes, rivers, ponds and marshes east of the Rocky Mountains.

 

  For my information on housing, feeding and care for red ear sliders please visit the links on the left.  I have eight red ear sliders living in the 1200 gallon pond.  The sliders love to eat worms - well they just love to eat! Be sure to visit the worm page from the link on the left to see video and pictures of how I set up the worm box as well as the turtles eating the worms in the pond.

  I so thoroughly enjoy having the turtles in the pond. I can see them lay out everyday from my bedroom window. They are pretty skittish though and will "slide" back in the pond when I come out or someone walks up the driveway. You can hear the plop sound as they get back into the water!  Occasionally I will be in the front yard when one of the sliders is taking a walk. Mojo, a male slider, usually goes on a walk everyday.  He's really fun to watch as he plows through vegetation and climbs on rocks. I tell him he is a monkey in a reptile suit! I have also seen some of the smaller sliders walking around but they don't seem to do it everyday like Mojo does. Most of the day the sliders are basking in the sun. They usually start climbing out of the water after I feed them early in the morning.  In the summer they stay out until dusk.

  My friend Erich gave me my first sliders. He had plenty of hatchlings from his own sliders. Unfortunately several just disappeared. Erich said they probably were eaten by birds or other animals. Totally weird that they just vanished. Since then I have not had one disappear on me. I acquired Mojo from Erich who got him from someone that had him living in a small aquarium in an apartment. He desperately needed an outdoor setting as he was full grown. Mojo thrived from the second he was put outside to live here at Dianes Zoo. He was pretty friendly in the beginning but now that he's lived outside a few years he has become less happy to be held.  He is certainly my most active and fun red ear slider. I would be lost without watching his antics in the yard!

  Nojo was acquired from a reptile shop. I asked to get him because he was living in the store in a tiny pond with other turtles and an alligator! He was also an adult and needed a much better environment. He also loved being outdoors and has been a joy to have. He is the most affectionate turtle you have ever met. You can hold him, kiss him and love on him like a dog and he seems to enjoy it. Often he will swim over to me and want to be picked up.  I think this is because he lived in that store so he was used to people and especially didn't mind being picked up. Both he and Mojo will take worms from my fingers which is totally way cool!

  Nomi came to me from a young mother nearby who could no longer care for her in a small tank. I went and picked up the little darling and she has also thrived in the outdoor pond. In the year and a half I've had her she has grown tremendously. She is not friendly at all and will try to bite when being held. She was still small when I got her so she has grown up in the pond and therefore is not used to being around people.

  Kojo is the only hatchling Erich gave that is still in the pond.  Unfortunately this is the one my dog found walking around the yard and chewed, causing damage to his shell.  By the grace of God the turtle survived and is now back in the pond for a year after a six month rehab stint in the house. Part of his shell on the side is still missing but he seems to be doing well. I rarely get a chance to pick him up but when I do he tries to bite and means business! He is one ornery turtle and I can't say that I blame him! NEVER TRUST A DOG WITH A REPTILE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  The other four red ear sliders came from my neighbors two houses down. These are the same people that gave me Betty and Wilma, the guine pigs, after Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.  In the spring of 2006 they saw my pond and asked if I could take in their hatchlings that had outgrown the small tank they were in.  The realized, like so many others, that turtles are NOT easy to keep in a tank indoors.  I readily took them in and have watched them grow in the six months I've had them.  I am always a little surprised how fast turtles and tortoises grow in an outdoor setting compared to an indoor one.  These four sliders will not be friendly and will try to bite when being held as they grow older. Its natural for them to be leery of people when they are living outside. For them, they don't know the difference between living in my pond or living in a lake, river or natural pond.  This is good though because it means that they are living in a more natural surrounding than a tank!  

  As I said on my turtle page, I do not recommend keeping turtles indoors unless they are hatchlings which should be kept indoors until they are big enough to live outside, or if you live in a cold winter climate, then they should be housed indoors until the summer. Red ear sliders are about the biggest pond turtles in the pet trade that you can get. They grow TOO large to adequately be kept indoors!!!  If you raise hatchlings indoors you still need to have a tank large enough for them, a basking area and the UV ray lights. Do your research on this before getting the hatchlings.  A trip to the local reptile shop can get you set up with everything you need but it will deflate your wallet quite a bit. The cute little darlings that are only a few bucks a piece will cost you over a hundred dollars in equipment and cause you a lot of work - so just remember that! My advice - adopt an adult from a local reptile rescue group and put it in an outdoor pond. Enough said!

  Thanks for visiting the red ear slider page! I hope that you enjoy the video and pictures on this page.

 

 

 

 

Click on Playlist to view the six movies of the red ear slider turtles.

These are pictures of Mojo and Nojo

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Mojo

Mojo is definitely the most fun turtle in the pond!

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Here are pictures of the red ear sliders laying out

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Small slider

What? You say an angel by an angel? So true!

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