i need my red eared slider!


Please signal boost this!! I really need help right now!!

My family is being evicted from our home and the place we’re moving into won’t allow me to keep my turtles in the house and I don’t have the money to move into my own place at the moment. I live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

I have two female red eared sliders and a common snapping turtle. The snapping turtle was in with the res while he was growing, but now he’s nearly the same size as them, so he needs his own tank.

I have a hundred gallon stock tank with a heater and canister filter as well as lights and docks that can go with the snapping turtle. Although he will need a larger tank soon.

The red eared sliders need to go to someone who can provide them with a tank that’s over a hundred gallons. They can be homed separately or together.

I’m just gonna throw this out here again 

Don’t put african dwarf frogs with fish

just don’t do it 

stop recommending them in betta tanks, stop putting them with small fish, stop putting them with shrimp, stop putting them with snails

put the dwarf frogs with dwarf frogs

I’ve been kinda left and right on this issue and taken it on a case to case basis but no it really just needs to stop 

I’ve seen frogs get their front legs get torn off by bettas, I’ve seen frogs nip the crap out of betta fins, I’ve heard of shrimp eating the webbing off their toes, I’ve heard of frogs swallowing and choking on snails, frogs in community tanks are often malnourished and reclusive, I’ve seen many infections take place in our tanks at work from the guppies nipping their legs 

And that is not to mention that the frogs prefer cooler temperatures than most tropical fish 

The only benefit to putting frogs in a community tank is *yay* you get a frog

I used to take a stance of “I guess it’s okay on a case to case basis” but I’m putting my foot down as calling it negligent to mix dwarf frogs with fish 

Imagine if I popped out and said something like “Yeah it should be fine to put a betta and a goldfish together as long as the tank is big enough, the betta shouldn’t pick on the goldfish at all”

Or what if I said “Yeah you can put a 3 spot gourami and an axolotl together, the gourami will probably be too big for the axolotl to eat, and if the gourami nips off its gills or legs they should grow back” 

You’d be all over my ass about it with good reason, yeah? 

This is the same situation. There is a huge host of possible issues that can arise from mixing the frogs with fish, and people seem to tip toe around them. I understand that it’s not easy to find good sources on ADF care, but after talking to enough frog keepers and hearing their stories, the evidence is there

That’s one thing I’ve noticed with a lot of pet keepers, for lack of better word, can be pretty heartless toward the types of animals they personally do not keep, and while that’s kind of mean to say, look at it like this

I’ve heard of a lot of people asking if it’s okay to throw a red earred slider in with their large cichlids, and a lot of fish keepers will say “you can try, but sometimes the turtle will attack the cichlids” without addressing the personal needs of the turtle 

I’ve read turtle care sheets online which talk about mixing fish with them, and some care sheets will recommend african cichlids like yellow labs because they’re too fast for the turtle to catch, without addressing the needs of the african cichlids 

When I got my 30 halfmoon and was asking for recommendations for fish to put in it, somebody recommended doing half water and half land and putting white clouds or rasboras in the water area and putting a chameleon on the land because the chameleon wouldnt hurt the fish, not addressing the needs of the chameleon 

Once you start treating other animals as a side show or a decoration to add to the animals you already have, you really need to reconsider how you keep your pets 

from now on any comments I get of “I put/have a frog with my betta and it worked fine” comments will now be taken as seriously as people who say their betta did fine in a bowl, don’t even go there with me, I’ve heard it a hundred times 

Ultimately it’s just a dangerous idea and it’s putting the animals at risk, that’s negligent and unfair, I’m just going to say it as it is/

It’s like people who keep crayfish with fish in aquariums, the fish are not only at risk of being torn apart once the cray gets lucky, but the cray is at risk of getting nipped when it molts, which can ultimately kill it, that’s putting the animals at risk and it’s a bad idea, I’ve seen people keep crayfish in community tanks many times, and it’s a risk that I never recommend people take 

It’s like how nobody recommends setting up sorority betta tanks on this website due to the risk of the balance breaking and the fish killing each other, and sometimes that never happens, but we don’t take that chance, do we? 

I’ve seen people tell others not to mix two types of fish due to temperature differences or different temperaments and activity levels, so why is it any different for the dwarf frogs? It really isn’t. 

International Tortoise and Turtle week is coming to a close. How do we help our fellow torts? We don’t make babies! Kobe may try to charm me with a wink but that doesn’t mean I want to have a clutch of his babies. Having babies means finding good homes for all of them. I know first hand what can happen if a baby ends up in the hands of humans that don’t know how to properly take care of it.

Our turtle cousins, red ear sliders end up going to lots of humans who don’t take care of them so our friends at Little Res Q now need to find forever homes for hundreds of them.

My little big brother Waffles is another species that humans buy because he’s a cute little nugget but then turns into a giant poo beast! Then the humans don’t want them anymore!

So instead of making more babies to add to the pet population, me and Kobe ask that you adopt your shell baby from a shelter or rescue or rehome one from a shell parent who can’t take care of their shell anymore.

Love, Mango ❤

My turtle needs a home.

I have a red eared slider that’s too big and too high maintenance for me and my mom to handle. She got him for me 9/10 years ago as an Easter gift because she thought we would be able to take care of him for as long as we had too. We’ve had many unexpected and expected life changes and we just can’t give him the quality of life he deserves. He’s about 9 to 10 inches long, and has a mild case of shell rot that will clear up soon once he’s given proper housing and filtration.

Atm he needs these things:
75 to 100 gallon tank
A basking platform
A heating bulb
Proper filtration system

Unfortunately my mom and I can’t provide these things, but there is the possibility of us being able to provide a small amount of financial aid. If you are able to take care of him please message me so I can talk to my mom and arrange something. Atm she wants to either release him, or keep him and neither of those things would be healthy or safe. We live north of Seattle and are willing to drive if it means he gets a safe home, and if we really have to I will look into express live animal shipping. Please help us, Gary is close to our hearts and we want him to be safe and happy.

URGENT: red eared slider care advice needed ASAP

the story:
so my mother decided it would be a good idea to buy a turtle from some guy standing on a street corner. yeah. not the first time she’s done something like that either.
so she comes home with it all happy and shit expecting me to be thrilled, when I have absolutely no experience with turtles whatsoever, let alone the supplies to care for one. and so I had about 20 minutes max to do some basic research before we went to the pet store.

I believe we picked up the majority of what the turtle needs: I already had a 10g tank which should suffice for its current size, we got a water filter that doubles as a basking platform (there’s a problem with it, I’ll get to that later), a water heater, two thermometers (one submerged, one for the basking area), a heat bulb and a UVB bulb. I believe the only absolutely essential thing we need that we do not yet have are thermostats for the water heater and heat bulb, which unfortunately are not sold in pet stores. they won’t be here for a few days, so I won’t have any control over the temperatures until then. great, I know.
I have no idea how good the water filter or water heater are as I have no experience, but I’m assuming they’re not very good given that I’ve gotten them from the local Petco.
the problem with the filter/basking platform is that I seriously doubt this tiny turtle can climb onto it, and as much as I’d like to fill the water higher so that it can, it’s at the max level that the filter allows. I’m currently boiling large pebbles and larger stones to scatter along the bottom of the tank and attempt to build steps for the turtle to get on to the platform, but I’m not too sure I’ll be successful.
the tank is currently very empty, so the poor thing is probably terrified, but I’m hoping to head back out to the store to pick up some plants, decorations, and hiding places (?) soon.
for food, I’m unsure of what to believe. multiple sources are saying that the commercial pellet diets are appropriate, but I find that relatively sketchy. I picked up a can of it anyway. ZooMed’s Natural Aquatic Turtle Food, Hatchling Formula. would the turtle be better off with a staple diet of something like mealworms? or are the dried pellets healthy? how often and how much should it be fed? I’m not sure what source is a good source, and I’ll explain why shortly

my aunt and her son have had a RES for three years now. and so of course, my mother figured it would be a good idea to ask her for advice. well this lady tells us that we have way, way too much water in our tank, and that the turtle needs to be able to touch the floor at all times. this turtle of hers is probably about six inches long in what looks like a 10g tank, standing in 2 inches of water. please correct me if I’m mistaken, but I’m relatively certain that these are aquatic animals that require an ample amount of water to swim in. not stand/walk around in. she said that she keeps her turtle in shallow water because if this species flips onto its back in deep water it will drown. okay.
I’ve been watching this little guy for a while now and it looks like an excellent, rather fast swimmer to me. I don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about, but she’s insisting that her turtle is healthy because she gets her information from a “very experienced breeder”. according to her, this turtle is going to drown. please inform me if she is correct, but if she isn’t, I am not going to put this animal in shallow water for three entire years of its life.

I’m gathering as much information as I can with a small amount of resources and a limited amount of time. please, if you have any advice/information to give me whatsoever, I would greatly appreciate it. this animal’s life most likely depends on how quickly I can figure out which information is the correct information, and how quickly I can convince my mother to comply.