Everything You Need To Know About Red Eared Sliders
Red eared sliders make popular pets. These loveable creatures are adorable when hatchlings and they continue to grow in size as they age. Red eared sliders require lots of care and hygienic measures. If you are a red eared slider enthusiast and are looking forward to keep one as a pet, then you must know the following things regarding them.
What does your red eared slider look like?
Red eared sliders are mainly dark olive green in color with green/yellow stripes on their upper shell, face and legs. The green color of the red eared slider turns into black pigmentation as they starts to grow old. The male turtles are usually deep black in color with no visible markings over their body. The tail of a male red eared slider is long and thick than that of the female. Female red eared sliders are a bit larger than the male turtle. Red eared sliders have webbed feet which facilitate them to swim.
Feed Your Red Eared Slider With Love!
The diet of red eared slider subsists of numerous types of foods. Feeding turtles is similar to feeding a new born. On every stage of your turtle’s growth, they will require different types of food. For example, a young turtle must be fed on carnivorous foods and as they starts to grow older you must introduce vegetation to him. An adult red eared slider should be fed with small feeder fish, crickets, mealworms, earthworms, snails and shrimp. The vegetation given to an adult turtle should be abundant with protein. For example, aquatic plants, collard greens, kale, carrot tops and Bok Choy.
Make your red eared slider do some exercise
Unlike other turtles, red eared sliders are more agile. They love to chase, live and swim freely. Chasing of food and swimming also work as a healthy exercise for them. If you observe your red eared slider closely you will find that they are most active in early morning, late evening and during and after rainshowers. You can give your turtle a good bit of exercise by letting them roam freely out of their enclosure. Do pay close attention to the turtle when they are out to ensure safety.
Your red eared turtle’s incubation period
The incubation period of red eared slider’s depends upon temperature and seasonal conditions with the period normally being 9 to 11 weeks long. They lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs within this incubation period.
Your pet can encounter health problems- beware!
Red eared sliders are usually susceptible to Salmonella bacteria and other bacterial infections. You must always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your turtle to keep away from these bacterial infections. You must also make sure to buy a turtle that has clear alert eyes and bright peeling skin. Red eared sliders who are apathetic about eating and are lazy are normally at risk of these infections.
‘Red Eared Slider Secrets’ by Chris Johnson is an excellent book that has everything about red eared sliders. Those of you who wish to keep their turtles in good care and comfortable environment can buy this book for that purpose.