Hi fellow turtle lovers, especially Red Eared Slider and Pink Belly Short Necked Turtle ๐Ÿ™‚

I have received some questions regarding how to take care of Turtles.I AM NOT AN EXPERT AT ALL!! But I keep learning from my mistakes when I take care of my baby turtles….therefore, I may help you from my process of learning…or we can say “let’s learn together!”

After I received this twit by @Absolute4Droid :

@Kame_kroten @novroz I came across your blog and I need your help. My turtle (an RES, not sure of age as she’s a rescue) has ripped the skin connecting her shell to her right arm. Do you know how this happened? Or if it’ll heal on it’s own?

I decided to do what I have done in my personal blog. I create a page for anyone to ask anything about their RES or YBSNT. Once again I NEED to mention that I am not an expert.

To get better advice please visit Red Ear Slider.com.

before you start asking, please check this page/post first:

Turtle Fact : where you can read bits about turtles.

How to Train Your Turtle : Things I did to tame my turtles

Perawatan Kura-Kura : For those who can speak Indonesian

I hope we can help each other through this page. Feel free to give me good advice about taking care of turtle…I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

941 responses »

  1. shirl says:

    how do i get my RES to follow me around the house?

    • roro says:

      U Just give it love and care ๐Ÿ™‚ But it takes time.. tbh mine followed my after 1 month after playing with him and walking him outside. Also letting him roam around the house and interact with diffrent subjects.. Mine is an adult, am not sure of its ages but my baby turtle i got it when it was 6 months old and she doesn’t follow me yet! Its been almost a year i think. I guess that it depends on the age of the turtle, The adults can know their owner faster than the baby ones because their brain is bigger and it can understand better.. Hope i helped

    • Novroz says:

      They will do it automatically once they had known you better and feel comfortable with you

  2. roro says:

    Hello! u may remeber me! i havent been on this site for like 2 months.. sorry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but i was really busy with my finals and my hws. I usually come to this site to answer some questions that u dont get the time to answer them ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope thats okay with u, and hows ur cutie turtles and their dad? u and ur turts r always cute mashallah

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Roro,
      No problem ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so busy, anyone who can help answering question is a help ๐Ÿ™‚
      They are great…I have a post about their trick but still have no time to edit the picture yet…maybe soon

  3. shirl says:

    i dont think sleeping with a turtle is a good idea, cuz they have salamonia

  4. Hello. I have a 5 or 6 year old RES. I love her so much and want to know how I can make her more sociable. When I let her out of her tank she just goes under things and hides.

  5. Shirl says:

    Do RES eat each other? I have 2 big turtles and 1 baby, and I’m worried. The big turtles aren’t mine, they are my aunts, the small one is mine. I’m on a vacation so I live at her house. She left for vacation too so it’s only me my grandparents and my mom.

    And I donโ€™t have another tank

  6. how do you get them to stop PEEING on you? my small sized RES Debbie always pees whenever anyone holds her. She also kicks and scratches.

    • Novroz says:

      I am not sure how. They just do that.
      Kroten is the one who likes to pee but she always does it on the floor, rarely on my lap.

      Kicks and scratches mean she still doesn’t trust yo yet

  7. I also have a medium RES who bites me every time I hold or try to feed him.

  8. Any says:

    I need help in determining if my red ear slider needs to lay eggs or not. Any advice please and thank you

    • Novroz says:

      You can see whether she starts acting scratching the floor or not. If she does that, then that’s a sign that she wants to lay eggs

  9. Spiffy says:

    Hi there, my turtles seem kinda bored just laying around all day. I wish I could take them out, but my grandparents are really over protective and don’t want me getting salmonella, even though I wash my hands after handling them. They used to walk around my room and stuff, but my grandparents don’t allow me to pick them up at all anymore and they’ve become more distant everyday. I don’t know what to do now and I’ve been thinking about giving them away to a better home even though I love them so much. Any advice? (sorry it’s such a long post)

    • shirl says:

      don’t give them away! my parents and grandparents say the same and u can do it secretly when they are gone, that’s what I do…

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Spiffy,

      It seems that I missed your comment and question…so sorry about that. I have been so busy lately.

      If you love them, don’t give them away. Keep them and so the best you can for them

  10. Does your house need to be really clean before you can let the walk on the floor? I used to have a pond slider named Shirley, we let her walk around then after a few days she got sick and died. Was it because the house got dusty enough for her to choke and get sick, or was it because she just randomly got sick?

  11. P.S. You are a proffesional

  12. turtles2cute says:

    I got really inspired by ur blog and created my own turtle blog, some of the ideas are urs but I changed it a little, is it okay if I keep them? btw my site is turtles2cute.weebly.com

    • Novroz says:

      Sure…just make sure you credit things that I have written here (if you are thinking of sharing something from here) because all of the writing here were written based on my love for them ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. turtles2cute says:

    Can baby res eat cooked lobster?

  14. Alba & Pablo says:

    Hello, your page is amazing!! Wish we had found this earlier!! My brother and I got turtles when we were 7, and we’ve been just dropping the food on their tanks and not really knowing what to do with them for almost 10 years? We were always proud of having them but NEVER really thought you could actually tame them!! I really wish we had known this from The begginig! From now on we’ll deffinetly start trying al these things on them but I’d like to know ir its still posible to tame them just a little bit after 10 years of completely different mentality 0.o
    Thanks! Waiting your answer!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Alba & Pablo

      I do believe it’s possible. I got Kurome when he is already an adult and within 6 months he already began chasing me around. However, you need to remember that different turtle behaves differently, so they might not be easily attached to you but be very patient with them.

      Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ace-MyTurtle says:

    Hello, I wanted to know how I could stop my turtle from just eating inside the tank. I have this problem where his tank gets to dirty, and my local pet store advised me not to get a filter because it isn’t necessary. I would like him to eat outside so his tank doesn’t get dirty, plus he gets used to me being around.

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Ace,

      If your turtle is a fresh water turtle then he has to eat in the tank. Fresh water turtle can’t eat out of water, they need the water to swallow. Unless you are talking about putting him in another smaller feeding tank.

      Filter is HIGHLY needed, I don’t know why the pet store said you don’t need it. I only clean my tank once a month because of the filter

      • Ace-MyTurtle says:

        Thanks! Also, I am hoping to get a completely new tank, and it has a filter in it so that problem’s solved. Yes, my turtle is a fresh water turtle. Thank you for letting me know!

        Also, I think the reason they told my I didnโ€™t need a filter was because I have a pretty small tank (At least I think itโ€™s small.) Itโ€™s only about 24 cm tall and 34 cm wide. They just said you wont need it for a small tank. Just to clear things up.

      • Novroz says:

        Good to know that ๐Ÿ™‚

        24 x 34 is too small. I am glad you’ll be having new bigger tank

  16. 1hundredsuns says:

    Is there any way to train two terrapins to be peaceful with one another?

  17. Tarra says:

    Thank you for this info !!
    I just got a red eared slider a few days ago..her name’s piper and I love her very much…I have to ask ….if a turtle is 7 years old will she ever get used to me ? She trys to bite me and hides a lot and, I want her to be happy i let her explore a lot but I’m not shure that’s what she really wants. …does she want to be left alone?

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Tarra,

      I do believe all turtles in whatever age can be tamed. It’s just a matter of time. Continue doing what I did to my turtles and she will one day get used to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Random RES says:

    Hi there, I have two RES. One is big and one is small. They fight each other and it really bothers me. The little one is starting to bite and I think they’ll end up killing each other. I can’t put them in two tanks right now because of certain situations. What do I do?

    • Novroz says:

      You can’t put them together, that’s one thing for sure.

      You can do like what I do with mine, I put separator in the tank so they will not fight anymore

  19. Ace-MyTurtle says:

    Hello, I was wondering if I had some trust issues with my turtle.

    Whenever I give him food, he bites my hand instead. I hand feed him to build trust but now i am assuming that he thinks my hand is food. Whenever I put my hand in the tank he bites a couple of times, then stops. Is this a trust issue or just that he thinks my hand is lunch?

    Thanks –

    • Novroz says:

      Not trust issue…more like he hasn’t been able to differentiate finger with food.

      For that, I did a bit of trick. Kame could differentiate easily, so did Kurome and Papoe…Kroten is the one having problem. I gave Kroten my finger and every time she opened her mouth to bite, I tap on her head (lightly not hard). I kept doing that till she finally able to differentiate by smelling my fingers first before opening her mouth

  20. Ace-MyTurtle says:

    I have a Murray river short necked turtle and it’s a male. (At least I think it is, it’s still a baby) I read one of your posts saying that a male turtle should have a companion. Is that completely necessary?

  21. Ace-MyTurtle says:

    Hello, does your female turtles lay eggs without fertilisation?

    If so, how do you know when it will lay eggs/where should she be laying the eggs?
    Sorry I am asking too many questions, I am worried for my turtles and want to know what’s best for them.

  22. Hayley says:

    I recently lost my female turtle daisy, she had a prolapse and we (me, family members and the vet) think the stress of the situation and the stress of the visit to the vet caused her to pass away. The prolapse was too large to be pushed back in and she had to get 3 jags and stitches. I still have my male turtle Raphael ( refer to him as Raph though). I am wondering if someone can let me know what is can be the cause of a prolapse to try and take precautions so it doesn’t happen with him. Also tonight for the first time after putting him back in his tank he had a wee show and I’m wondering what could cause this and if it’s normal. I’m guessing it was the first time as he seemed to be scratching at his tail after it went back in. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

  23. Natalie says:

    Hi, I was wondering is it okay for a one and a half year old red-eared slider to have a greenish-yellowish colored shell. I know as they get older, they should be darker, but this is not the case for my turtle. Is there anything wrong?

    • Novroz says:

      If he is eating well and nothing’s wrong with him…I think he is fine.

      My Papoe is also getting paler by the age whereas her species usually getting darker

  24. Hello, my turtle has some white spots on his scutes, but they don’t smell bad, and it isn’t squishy. Some of the scutes around it are starting to peel off. I was wondering if this is shell rot, or if it is normal for my turtle to have a white spots around his scutes to start peeling off.

  25. Hi, even after seeing those pictures, I am still worried. The pictures of fungus look nothing like what my turtle,Akiko, has. I don’t want to put any treatment until I finally figure it out. I am putting my turtle under UV every day for about 8 hours. Will that help him heal?

    • Novroz says:

      You can always take her to a vet to be sure.

      UV is also good and I hope she will recover…and if you have time, maybe you can take her outside to enjoy real sunlight

  26. Hi again, I took my turtle to the vet today, as I was concerned. Got things cleared up and found out the problem was with the water… Also found out that my pet store was giving me the wrong information! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    My pet store told me they need 12hours of UVB every day. Later found out 4 was maximum ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    They also gave me ADULT turtle food for BABY turtles! No wonder my turtle was soo hungry all the time, it wasn’t being given enough nutrition. I got new baby turtle food now, but am never buying from the same turtle store again! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  27. Caroline says:

    Hi, I’m a proud owner of four, about a year old, Red Ear Slider turtles. I’ve kept them in a little plastic bin with a basking area and a couple of decorative plants since I’ve had them, but I’m sure this isn’t enough for their care. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t have money to get them fancy filters or water heaters due to my age and my family’s lack of interest in them. So, do you guys have any suggestions on a cheap way to maintain them? I’ve seen many D.I.Y. Filter systems and I’m hesitant to actually try one. I’m also having a problem with heating, but I’ve seen a few heaters for cheap. I, however, don’t want to try them and cause harm to my babies. Sorry if this is long, but I’d appreciate any feedback at all!

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Caroline,

      I hope someone who reads your comment can give better help than me.
      In my country, filter is quite cheap…only about $5. So we never make DIY filter. As for heater, I don’t use heater because Indonesia is already a tropical country which most of the time is hot enough.

      For the time being, maybe you can take them out to enjoy sunlight so it will keep them warm once in a while

  28. I had a question, my turtle bites my hand inside the tank and not outside. Does that mean she thinks my hand is food?

    – Akiko

  29. Is having 2 different species of turtles in the same tank dangerous? I am thinking of getting a female Mississippi Map turtle for my murray river short necked female.
    Was wondering if they would do anything to each other, if in the same tank.

  30. Hi, can I use information from here for my website? I wont copyright and will give credit.

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