Red-Eared Sliders Can Be Kept As Pets, But They Can Go Months Without Food
Red-eared sliders are resourceful creatures that tolerate a range of conditions. They are comfortable with people and love to voraciously ask for food. The young turtle are mainly carnivorous. They become more carnivorous as they grow into adults. As pets, the red-eared slider turtle can be fed a variety of items in the wild. For a very small red-ear slider turtle, prey may have to be cut into smaller pieces. Larger and adult turtles can also be offered larger items like frogs or fish. Make sure you feed them with appropriate calcium and phosphorous levels. Some people feed the adult turtle once or twice every three days. Others prefer to stick to smaller meals and continue feeding them daily. The amount of food you feed depends a bit on your individual turtle. A good rule of thumb is to feed as much as your turtle will eat. Red-eared Sliders can live 20 years in the captivity. They can go months without food, but a mere seven days without water. The sliders can be about 12 inches long and are not harmful to humans or other animals. . . .