Red Eared Slider Turtle Tank / Red Eared Slider Turtle Habitat Size
When setting up your new red eared slider turtle tank, consider having 10 gallons of water per inch of turtle as a general rule of thumb but a 20 gallon tank is a minimum size for hatchling red eared sliders.
Keeping in mind that red eared sliders can read 10-12 inches as adults, you can see that eventually you will need a very large tank. Large plastic containers or storage tubs are good alternatives to aquariums as long as you don’t mind not being able to view the turtles from the side. As long as the container is tall enough and the basking area is positioned so that the turtles can’t climb out of it you won’t need a lid.
The basking area for your turtle can be provided by stacking smooth rocks, sloping smooth, large gravel to one side to make a land area, using wood, or a plastic “turtle dock.” Whatever you choose to construct a basking spot, make sure your turtle can climb onto it easily and that it allows your turtle to completely dry off
The water in a red eared slider turtle tank should be kept at 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit (23-26 degrees Celsius), and 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit (26-27 degrees Celsius) for hatchlings.
Red Ear Sliders are the most common aquatic turtle pet and can live for up to 50 years in captivity. Red Ear Sliders are very active and love to swim. While they are mostly aquatic, these diurnal turtles also enjoy a dry, warm place where they can climb out and bask under a heat light. A great habitat would be a large aquarium. A filter is recommended to help keep the water clean, and you will want to include an assortment of rocks, ramps, docks or other turtle accessories to provide ample space for climbing. A garden or outdoor pond is another common habitat solution for Red Ear Sliders. Turtles are social animals and can be kept together as long as
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