Red Sliders?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by StarLover21, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    We caught two red slider turtles from our neighborhood creek, one very little, and one an adult. My mother is a homeschool biology teacher and wants to study them for her class, which is in two weeks. We have them in a large tank. We may end up letting the bigger one go so that the litter one has more room. We don't plan on keeping them- just for two weeks and then we will release them. We've bought crickets, mealworms, and have lettuce, but they don't really seem to be eating (however this is the first day). Is this normal? Any suggestions on care? We also has some turtle food. I know that they may be stressed right now, but I know red sliders are kept as pets so I thought it'd be okay for two weeks. Any suggestions on care? Any tips we need to know?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Have you given them any feeder fish?
     
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um...no. Do I have to? [​IMG]
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    No you don't have to. I just know many turtle keepers do prefer to feed live food.
     
  5. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The mealworms and crickets are live.
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Then they may just need a few more days to settle in. Also what kind of lighting do you have for the turtles?
     
  7. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. We have a lamp over the rocks.
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    UVB Lamps or heat lamps?
     
  9. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh...a lamp? [​IMG]

    We can look for a heaet lamp, I think we have one.
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yes, i think they need heat... and Kevin?,.. do they calcium suppliments also for the shell?? And do they need UVB for their shells/calcium like my tortoise does??
    OP... you need to google" red slider care"... you will find a TON of web pages to help you out..
    I'll try to find you some links.. BRB
     

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