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Red-eared Slider

  • Red-eared sliders get their name from the red streaks on either side of their head. The slider part of the name comes from the described action of them sliding into water.
  • Baby red-eared sliders are called hatchlings.
  • After eggs are laid, it generally takes 60 to 90 days for the hatchlings to break free of their leathery shell.
  • All hatchlings have an egg tooth on their beak. It’s estimated that the egg tooth disappears approximately an hour after being hatched.
  • The gender of a red-eared slider is determined by the temperature of the surrounding environment during development.
  • Aquatic turtles are very social and will often come up to greet you; however, this is known mostly as a feeding response as they intend for you to feed them!
  • Turtles can be kept in ponds as well as in glass habitats. They love to climb out of the water and bask.
  • In the winter, wild turtles will burrow into the earth and hibernate.
  • Semi-aquatic turtles can live more than 20 years in captivity and grow to more than 10 inches so it is important to understand their care needs and the commitment involved in adding them to your family.
  • Red-eared sliders are omnivores, consuming a mixture of meat and plant material.
  • Red-eared sliders need water to drink as well as to help them swallow food.
  • Red-eared sliders have lungs rather than gills. It’s estimated that sliders can hold their breath up to an hour while submerged.
  • As sliders age, their shells can darken with lines and patches disappearing until they are a uniform dark olive green or dark greenish brown.
  • Male red-eared sliders are usually smaller than females, having longer tails and longer nails than their female counterparts.
  • It is illegal to sell any turtle under 4" carapace length. Always purchase turtles from a reputable pet store.