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In general, turtle care can be complicated, overwhelming and expensive. This is especially true to new owners and is not recommended for younger members of our society. There are sudden and random expenses, unforeseen illnesses and countless other responsibilities on those who cannot be relied on. RES are not disposable pets that can be placed in a bowl or released into the wild. RES may be inexpensive to acquire or easily found, but they need to have specific conditions to remain healthy and thrive.

This particular section discusses the basic issues of taking care of red ear sliders. We’ll breakdown the costs of necessary items/equipment that your turtle will need. There’ll be tips on what do for a newly acquired turtle (hatchling or yearling/adult), how to properly handle it, and how to make it comfortable.

You may also find yourself in the position of having multiple RES or are thinking about the addition of another. Issues of cohabitation (fighting, injuries, quarantine, space, etc.) need to be critically considered before another turtle is added and we will try to address the potential problems.

This area will also explore more advanced topics that many RES keepers will face: eggs and nests. Although this is exciting for any RES keeper, it is a serious health situation that needs to be addressed immediately and correctly. Female sliders can lay unfertilized eggs and as early as 3 years of age.

Another common and misunderstood aspect of turtle care is hibernation. In many cases of captive RES, hibernation is completely unnecessary. It can be a potentially fatal situation if the proper habitat conditions are not met.

What are in the Other Sections?

There are many aspects of turtle care that may be confusing. Here is how the different care topics have been broken down in this website:

General Issues – This section discusses potential health risks to you, especially salmonella. It also covers what to do when you find a turtle and tips on how to find your missing turtle. There are more tips on what to do when you need to leave your turtle alone or transport it.
Nutrition – This section explains what you should feed, how often and why. It also explains what not to feed and the potential hazards.
Habitat – This section is dedicated to various options on turtle housing and enclosures. It is an overview of the necessary requirements that must be taken into consideration for a safe and protected environment. Habitat conditions and elements are listed in their respective sections below.
Water Quality – This section details why water quality and temperatures are important. Different aspects of water content are defined and explained. Filtration and different filter media, as well as its necessities are examined.
Lighting – This section lists the different, specialized lighting that your turtle will need. Different options are available and they will be explained. In general, lighting is important for physical and mental health.
Basking – This section illustrates the importance of basking. How, why are explained and different basking platforms are discussed. Basking is a crucial and healthy function of the red ear slider.
Health – This section is a basic list of common health problems. Many problems are preventable with a good diet and proper living conditions. Many illnesses are deadly if untreated by a qualified, professional veterinarian.


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