Both of these Aquatic Turtles are Popular Pets, the red ear and yellow belly sliders being close cousins, and having almost identical care requirements. These turtles do well in shallow water aquaria, which includes rockery or branches allowing them to bask, as well as areas where they are able to fully submerse themselves. They do best with a temperature maintained at around 80 degrees.
Red-eared sliders are strong swimmers and will spend a majority of their time in the water, although they do enjoy a decent amount of basking time as well. Movement and sound will generally cause them to slide off their rocks or logs and back into the water, which gives them their common name of ‘slider’. Pet red-eared sliders can be very personable, and they are notorious for begging.
Full grown adults can reach 12 inches in length, with females usually being the largest in size, and occasionally exceeding 12 inches. Sliders can live a long life in captivity, for upwards of 20 years.
Red-eared sliders are omnivores, feeding on aquatic vegetation, small fish and decaying material. Pet red-eared sliders will feed on just about anything you give them, but it’s recommended to feed them a commercial aquatic turtle food paired with various turtle appropriate treats like leafy greens, freeze-dried shrimp or krill, crickets, and superworms.