Fresh water turtles...
Water Turtles, commonly called Sliders, are turtles adapted to living in the
water. Common to North America are Sliders found in lakes and rivers
of the mid-south and beyond. They are often seen basking on limbs and
rocks, but as you approach they will feel threatened and quickly "slide"
into the water.
Their diet consists of live worms, crickets, krayfish, and pond fish. Feeding can be supplemented with veterinary grade pellets. Sunlight (UVB) is critical to their health and development.
They can make interesting pets but require a great deal of care to keep them healthy. This includes extensive water management and cleaning and maintaining large filter and pumping systems.
Usually sold at pet stores and amusement parks at a cute 4" in size, most owners have not researched the amount of care these turtles require. The popular Red-Eared Slider can reach 13" in diameter and one adult would require an environment of over 120 gallons (an aquarium 5 to 6 feet in length.)
The following care-sheets provide some basic guidelines to help ensure that your water turtles live long and healthy lives. The outdoor guidelines are for the care of hardy water turtles such as sliders, cooters and painted turtles in the mild southern California climate.
Turtles not native to the U.S. and from areas with more severe climates, may have special needs.
Please read the FDA Warning on Salmonella below. Always wash thoroughly after handling water turtles or working on their environment.
Adult Red-Eared Slider - most common water turtle in pet trade
These ponds are at one of the homes where we care for some of the hundreds of Red-Eared Sliders that are abandoned to us each year.