If you ever see one of these little red-eared slider turtles for sale and are tempted to buy one, don't unless you are willing to put a lot of effort into taking care of them.
I acquired this turtle from a girl who thought it was cute in the beginning. This poor turtle has been living in this little tank for over a month.
The little container didn't have a space for the turtle to dry off or enough water to swim in.
For the first night I put him in a bigger container and used the lid as a dry spot. Previously the turtle had no way to get dry. These turtles need a basking spot with a heat lamp and a UV lamp. They need warm water and are very dirty so need a good filtration system.
They also don't stay small. They can get to 10 inches. That requires a huge tank.
As soon as I turned on the basking light he got onto his dock and stuck his leg out.
Also, these turtles can have salmonella. I don't really have my kids handle them much, mostly when we are cleaning out the cage. Then I ensure that they are washing their hands. When we have turtles they are for watching, not handling.
I haven't named my little fellow yet. I hope he survives his early lack of proper care.
Any turtle name ideas?