About This SectionIn 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:
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