Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

TYPE: Sliders 


Due to recent concerns in the news media about the possibility of children contracting salmonella, from turtles, we have not yet, and will not to offer juveniles of the normal form of this species. While the percentage of salmonella cases confirmed to be attributed to turtles of any kind is virtually imperceptible (less than .0001 % of all cases in the US), this species has most often been singled out as a potential cause. With that concern in mind, we suggest considering other species as alternatives (and always washing your hands after handling pets of any kind.) . For reference: At The Turtle Source, we proactively treat twice each week for any bacterial potential. We are a state certified Aquiculture facility, and are also regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Our facility has always passed each, and every regular inspection. Together with industry leaders, we actively worked to develop the National Reptile Improvement plan, which has established a very high standard for the husbandry of all reptiles.

The most common turtle available the world over, Red Eared Sliders make excellent starter turtles, and adults will brighten up outdoor ponds in nearly all US temperature zones. They do well in tanks, water and land setups, and when kept with most other species.

They bask frequently, and will even pile on top of each other for the best sunning position. In community set ups, it's often the red ears example that quicken other species taming down. Red ears are omnivorous, eating pellets, most greens, insects, fish, mollusks etc.

**Please Note: Red Eared Sliders are not allowed to be shipped to Virginia or Florida. Rarer color morphs of Red Eared Sliders, such as Albino Red Ears, Pastel Red Ears, Hypo Red Ears and Ghost Red Ears are permitted to be shipped to Florida. Please contact us if you have any questions - Thank you.

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