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Red - Eared Slider - Mrs. Turlte Res - Large - Adult - Female
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Mrs. Turtle is an adult female aquatic red-eared slider turtle in the Baltimore, MD, area. She's about 8 years old. She's about 6" and still has some growing to do. She's healthy and eating Zoo Med and Mazuri pellets and greens, but she won't turn up her nose at a treat piece of cooked chicken or an earthworm. She's like at least a 55 gallon tank or Rubbermaid stock tank right now, but eventually she might need at least a 75 gallon aquarium or indoor pond of her own, although larger is better when it comes to tanks! This summer she can go into a FENCED-IN backyard pond if it's available (dug below the frost line and at least 300 gallons to allowfor hibernation), and live there year round. Mrs. Turtle came to us when her elderly keeper started having health problems and physically couldn't take care of Mrs. Turtle any more. Like many unwanted sliders, Mrs. Turtle was sold illegally as a hatchling and her family didn't realize she would grow this big.
Review the slider care sheet to learn more about caring for a slider.
Sliders can live for 20-67 yrs (although 20-40 is common), and can grow to be 6-8" for males, and 8-11" for females. They need large indoor aquariums or ponds, a basking spot, and water filtration. Indoor ponds and aquariums require a haul-out spot, a.k.a. basking spot, a heat light over a basking spot, a UVB light over the basking spot, a high-powered filter, and usually a water heater. Outdoor ponds must be in an escape-proof yard or the pond itself must be escape-proof. If you have a backyard pond, the turtle can't go outside for the first time until May, but can live year-round outside after that.
If using an aquarium, a good rule of thumb is roughly 10 gallons per inch of turtle (straight carapace length). So, a 6" turtle will need at least a 55 gallon aquarium.
There is no adoption fee for sliders from MATTS, but you must complete an application and if approved, supply pictures of set-ups before taking the turtle.
Please review our adoption requirements for aquatic turtles at http://www.matts.petfinder.com if interested in adopting a turtle.
Request an adoption application from matts_adoptions@ hotmail.com. (Remove the space after the @) Please include your city and state when contacting MATTS.
PLEASE HELP OTHER TURTLES by spreading the word - baby turtles grow into big turtles! They do not stay small - they do not grow to the size of their enclosure! Please don't buy hatchling turtles at vacation tourist spots.
Breed: Red-eared Slider
Petfinder ID: 22663628