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Op5 points · 23 hours ago

I don’t know how to send a photo. I’ll create a secondary post.

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3 points · 17 hours ago

You can send photos by uploading them to Imgur and then posting the link to them here :)

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Op2 points · 18 hours ago

Thanks for the tips! Also, what’s the difference between a UVB light and a heat lamp? Would it be best if they were located next to each other?

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2 points · 17 hours ago

UVA/heat light regulates their temperature which helps regulate behaviors such as feeding, diurnal movement, and mating. UVB light allows the synthesis of vitamin D3, which helps to absorb calcium (this is good for their bones, shell, and muscular function).

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Op2 points · 22 hours ago

Thank you

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2 points · 21 hours ago

You’re welcome :)

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1 point · 1 day ago

Pills cost less than heroin? When you take pills isn't it just swallowing them or do people really snort it/them?

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0 points · 1 day ago

Former is heroin and latter is roxys, so it’s heroin that costs less.

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1 point · 1 day ago

Did you buy extension kit for the basking platform?

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Op1 point · 1 day ago

Yep! Definitely wouldn’t fit without it.

2 points · 3 days ago

It's beginning to look a lot like turtle Christmas!!!🐢🌲☃️

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Op1 point · 3 days ago

Haha yes! 🐢🎄🎁

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Could you share what his diet is? Often times turtles will munch on things they shouldn’t because they have a deficiency in their diet. It happened to my turtle back then, and now he does great with aquarium decorations.

Op2 points · 2 days ago

Mostly a mixture of dried crickets, shrimp, mealworms, etc.

We also feed him lettuce from time to time and also have some frozen cubes that are a mixture of some veggies I'm not 100% sure what they are exactly.

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1 point · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

Ok, he’s eating way too much protein and not enough veggies—which is exactly what I did with my turtle when he would munch on everything in the tank. Adult sliders should have a 30% protein and 70% veggie diet. For protein they should have just pellets—dried crickets, shrimp, and mealworms are too fatty and not healthy as a regular meal. For veggies, dark leafy greens should be the staple—green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce (NOT iceberg lettuce as that’s just water) are the most recommended. You want to feed him enough pellets that would fit inside of his head (excluding the neck) just two or three times a week. For veggies they can have green leaf lettuce or red leaf lettuce the size of their shell every day. Once you get the hang of it, you can start adding other veggies moderately, but for now pellets and green/red leaf lettuce will do. I would cut out the dried crickets, shrimp, and mealworms entirely as it’s not very nutritious, but if you want you can feed it to him just once every two weeks as a treat.

They also need calcium, so dropping in a cuttlebone for them to munch on will help. It takes them about a month or so to eat it.

Once I corrected my turtle’s diet with mostly veggies and less protein—as well as adding cuttlebone—he didn’t try to destroy everything in his tank anymore. I now have a bunch of fake plants that he loves but doesn’t try to eat.

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I’ve had my two living together for 5 or so years. Never heard about not having them together until joining this Reddit a couple months ago. I’ve never had any problems with them. Granted I think mine are a boy & girl. So idk if being two boys makes a difference. But if they’ve lived together fine for two years, I wouldn’t be too worried…

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5 points · 1 day ago

We just had someone post about their male attacking their female and she died today from her injuries—both turtles lived together for 20 years in the same tank. Male and female are also bad because the male will try to mate with the female and the female will defend herself. Sliders are terrible to cohabitate because they’re just too territorial and aggressive (male and female). Like u/slipvelocity2 said, it’s not a matter of if, but when.

Op1 point · 2 days ago

4-5 inches

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4 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

General rule of thumb is turtles should have 10 gallons of water per inch of their shell length (4 inch turtle would need 40 gallons of water), so 45 gallons for each 4 to 5 inch turtle will be enough for some time. Male RES grow between 5 and 7 inches, so yours are almost full grown. They tend to grow three inches the first year and then about an inch every year or so after that until they’re done, so if they’re 4 to 5 inches now (just the shell), 45 gallons each will be fine for about two years. Just make sure in two years or so that you find another solution like getting a bigger tank or buying a second tank like a Rubbermaid stock tank (these are way cheaper and bigger than glass tanks). A tank divider will be good for now—just make sure each turtle has their own basking area and UV lights, their own heater, and their own filter.

For future reference, Facebook Marketplace is a great place to get used items like tanks, stands, and filters. I actually just got a whole setup (75 gallon tank, stand, aquarium lights, glass lids, Fluval filter, etc.) that was worth $825 for just $150 on Facebook Marketplace in my local area, and I’ve seen a few 55 gallon tanks being given away for free—so please check it out in your area to find good deals. You’d be surprised!

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Your friend should put the turtle in a big box with about 5 inches (13 cm) deep of dirt, and make sure she’s in a quiet place where she can’t be disturbed. Leave her there for an hour alone, and then go back to make sure she laid her eggs. They need privacy when they do this.

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