Red Ear Slider Turtle Help!!!?

Hey guys. I have a red ear slider turtle and I am really scared that it will grow big. It is right now the size of the palm of my hand. Will its full size be bigger?

Hi Andrea! You might know who this is by looking at my profile picture. If not I will tell you later. Well I did some research and they should grow to about 12 inches long (since you say yours is a girl). There has been some that have grown larger. If you keep it in that small little tank you have now it should not grow much. If you keep it in a large area it will grow to its full size. The boy turtles grow around 7-10 inches.

Boy Turtle- Fat tail. Grows 7-10 inches (if it is kept in a large habitat otherwise it will stay small)

Girl Turtle- Skinny tail. Grows 9-12 inches (if kept in a large habitat otherwise it will stay small)

My uncle has snapping turtles that are bigger than the tank you have for your turtle. Well bye! And I hope I helped!

If they are young you shouldn’t have a problem keeping them together at first compatibility-wise, but you have to make sure you have enough room for them later when they get big (up to twelve inches of shell each!). If you are buying both as adults from a pet store, you may want to watch and make sure that you don’t pick two hugely aggressive turtles. If you have had one for a long time and are introducing another into the tank, you want to be very careful. The one who has been there longer will most likely show signs of territorial aggression, in which case one turtle will end up attacked and/or dead (I don’t know how often the latter happens, but turtles do fight). So long as you keep the tank large enough (I would say at least 55 gallons for the two) and make sure they don’t fight, they should be okay. You can feed them in separate containers if you’re worried about them being greedy over food, but if you start doing this, you have to keep doing it, as they’re going to battle it out once you start feeding them together.

male red ear sliders grow to be about 8″ while females get to be about 12″ on average. You can tell the sex of your turtle when it gets to be over 4″. males have very long, fat tails and nails, females have a short thin tail and short nails.

turtles are not like fish. Even if you keep your turtle in a small enclosure it will still grow large.

if you do not think you will be able to care for your turtle any longer please do not dump it in a pond. It messes up the ecosystem and chance are your turtle will die from starvation. Some rescues will take in turtles, so look around your area.

good luck! i hope i’ve helped 🙂

short neat nails are nice as well as neat. I dont like long nails because dirt can get under these and it look nasty
its digusting and gross when somebodys nails are all chewed up to the end.

Small is a lot far better! Long nails are called “ghetto claws” for a reason. They make a person look like no-class trash.

(Nicholas Z)
thats bull$h!t ! turtles do NOT grow to the size of their enclosure. seriously, you are “scared” that it will grow big? _ Why’d you get the turtle in the first place!!? what an irresponsible motion to get a pet without doing the full research required.

females: 10-12 inches, reach adult size ~5-10ish years, live to 40
males: 7-10 inches, reach adult size ~5-10 years, live to 30-40

females- short claws, short tail
males- long tail, long claws, smaller shell size

one female tank size: 100 gallons minimum
one male tank size: 75 gallons minimum

You need to do more research, clearly you need to learn about the species and basics like proper housing, heating, lighting, filtration, diet, supplementation and appropriate handling behavior.

You have got a lot to learn, so start by reading every single


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Guess no reading up on these guys before ya bought..

Size for basic aquatic turtle is approx Body length: 6-8″ is average for males, up to 12 inches max for females, but average is about 9 to 10“ in captivity. Life span: 15-25+ year’s plus. Males have the longer front nails and are used in mating. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till about 3” across.

Care of my two 37 yr olds for all these years!!!!!!!!!!!

****’ has all info on care and feeding and PICTURES for all land and aquatic turtles.

*** Ten gallons per inch of each turtle!! Sliders, westerns, eastern’s, cooter’s , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied ,are all are basically the same and require the same basic care.

They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or 30 or so feeder guppies or small goldfish or minnows they maybe a bit fast for babies at first just drop in the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! Did you know that they need to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they need to grow. TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they eat it that’s fine!!
**Remember, you need a heater…set at 83 / 85 degrees. If water is cold they will stop eating!
Plus I also feed dried cubed blood worms or tubiflex worms or pellets at least 5 times a week for my five..

They can have garden worms which I collect after a good rain and dump them in the pond, also meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles, ghost shrimp , dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at least 4 to 5 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash , apples cut up..

These turtles in captivity do not. They cannot hear or see well so they feel you coming by the vibrations each foot step take.

So they need a turtle basking dock.

**Gravel larger than they can swallow, allot larger. **Better no gravel at all, easier to clean.

Their water needs to be clean otherwise the get sick easily from dirty water caused by their poop allot.***You need a GREAT filter system depending on the tank in a 60 gallon my girls were in one year’s ago. I used two double sided marine or penguin filters…It really helped keep it cleaner!

They will bite VERY hard. Under 4″ they carry a disease called ‘salmonella’. So you should wash after every handling ANY size turtle or reptile anyway.

***And my pictures don’t lie. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for SWIM ROOM and PLENTY TO EAT!

They can become cannibalistic if you have 2 or more turtles and a small environment. They will kill off the smallest and then fight for the tank for themselves.

They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your tank to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
***Some sicknesses they get easily like shell its actual holes rotting through the shell.
Respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, vomiting, blowing bubbles from their nose. . Treatment is 10 days of injections of Baytril (enrofloxacin) liquid into the front legs. To do this, you must consult a vet to get the antibiotic and the proper dosage. Do not guess on the dose.
Increase water to 83/85 degrees.
Swollen eyes due to lack of vitamin A fruits and veggies.
Fungus white cotton patches on their skin.
Metabolic bone disease means an inadequate calcium and/or a vitamin D3 deficiency. The earliest symptoms are the softening of the plastron, underside of the shell.
Septicemia is the fancy medical word for blood poisoning. What it means is that something bad is in your turtle’s body and it have created toxins in the blood. These toxic are deadly and the turtle needs to be placed on meds ASAP to prevent death. There are no home remedies for dealing with this situation. This is a serious condition and should be attended by a qualified herp vet as quickly as possible.

Contact rescues sites…and vets your city ,state, or country
For land or aquatic turtles:

My girl, Lilo, is about 11″ and her buddy, Stitch, is about 8″. They are both RES. I expect them to get bigger. They are living in a preformed 150 gallon pond and are very happy, basking in the sun. Best Wishes!

The record is 11 3/8″. Start saving for a bigger tank.

They can get up to 18 inches

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