Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 26, 2015
I got my first Red-eared Sliders when I was six and had no idea what I was doing. They were sold to my parents illegally (because they were under 4 inches) and it turned out they were illegal in my state. Unless this is an animal you truly want, it's more of a hassle to get past the laws. Unfortunately, due to the lack of proper care, they passed a few years later.
When I handled them, they hardly came out of their shell despite being around them quite often. The water - even with a filter - was filthy and reeked! To get a filter strong enough for keeping their water clean, you'd have to spend a lot more than you think.
They typically aren't picky about food and eat a ton but I've seen some that will not even touch certain foods. It all depends on the individual. These turtles can get relatively large as well, I've worked with some over a foot long! A large turtle requires a large enclosure... small ponds are the best thing to get for them. We have those at the rescue and it is able to hold many turtles.
Red-eared Sliders may be very cute as babies, but they can grow big and you will be spending lots of your money on these guys. These guys are a huge challenge, be prepared!