U see these fuckers right here? Yeah they cute and tiny and are like 5 bucks a pop at flea markets and gift shops.
Parents tend to stop and get them as a cheap little pet for their kids.but did you know these make some of the WORST possible pets not just for children but in general???
These are red eard sliders. A lot of venders sell them but theyre tehcnically illegal to sell under 4 inches.
Most of the turtles you see at those flea market shops/road sides/beach tourist gift shops will die as babies from improper care because buyers are not told about the extensive care requirements of these animals.
The ones who survive often will be released into the wild and upset the natural ecosystem. Red ears sliders are a pretty nasty invasive species because of bad pet owners all over the world.
If you think theyre cute and wanna buy one anyway please take in account:
They will get big
Like real fucking huge
We are talking you will need at least a 100 gallion water tank/tub for an adult. They do not “grow to the size of their tank” thats ridiculous and keeping them in a small tank is animal abuse
And thats not all, you will also need
A water heater
Proper basking area for them to get conpletly out of the water
Uvb and heat lamps
A larger enough durable water filter
A shitload of space to keep all this in
These are not cheap and easy pets. There are shortcuts you can take to cut costs (such as useing a tub or pond liner instead of a glass aquarium. Usieng diy setups) but they still require a lot of other care and are not exacly playful cuddly animals (generally).
They are also a very long term commentment. With a lifespan of 50+ years.
Unfortinatly most of the turtles in that gift shop will not live to see even a fraction of that lifespan and many will live out those years in tiny tanks, and in pain in inproper setups or in an environment they were nkt ment to be in conpeting with local wildlife. Please for the love of god just don’t buy turtles on a whim. Dont support these illegal tiny turtle vendors. And PLEASE DO YOUR RESERCH BEFORE BUYING ANY PET!!