Pond sliders have three subspecies. Red-eared sliders are the most common in the pet trade but the other two, the yellow-bellied slider and the Cumberland slider are also fairly common.
Red-eared sliders are often sold as tiny hatchlings without any indication of the animal’s adult size, and the buyer and the turtle are both lucky if any information concerning their care is provided. I must admit that as a child I could not resist the cuteness of a baby read-eared slider and I got one, but later it died probably for the lack of UVB light and adequate amount of calcium in its diet — I did not know better.
With proper care, that includes a fairly large swimming space, as well as some land with basking and UVB lights, pond sliders can make good pets. But considering the amount of water they need to swim in, they are best suited for outdoor, or in colder climates indoor ponds or similar setups. A glass aquarium that is over a 120 gallons will also do, but anyone considering a slider turtle as a pet should give some though to the space requirement for such a tank.
Pond sliders are omnivorous, but juveniles do prefer more high protein food. If given a choice even adults will eat food high in protein but feeding them exclusively a high-protein diet can be harmful, and shorten the life span of the turtle as well as cause various development problems such as shell pyramiding in younger animals that are still growing.
Without proper knowledge even the pets of well-meaning owners who do try to take care of them, just do it wrong out of sheer ignorance, can wind up as animal abuse cases.
Red-eared slider on Wikipedia.
How to Care for a Red Eared Slider Turtle.
Tortoise Trust Web – Red-Eared Slider Care.
Care Sheet – Red Ear Slider.
BioKIDS – Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species, Trachemys scripta, pond slider: INFORMATION.
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