Hi fellow turtle lovers, especially Red Eared Slider and Pink Belly Short Necked Turtle 🙂

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 🙂

941 responses »

  1. Me and jojo says:

    HELP HELP PLEASE!!!! My smaller turtle is getting bigger by the second and is biting the big one!! They keep fighting and biting and i fear they might kill each other!!!!!!! WHAT DO I DO YOU ARE MY LAST HOPE

  2. Irene says:

    Can they eat bread?.

    • Novroz says:

      I read somewhere (but I forgot the link), it said they can’t eat bread because of the yeast. I am not 10% sure, maybe you can google it. But I never gave them bread, only pellets, vegetables, fruits and fishes (once in 35 or 6 months)…mostly veggies and pellets

  3. Eryniel says:

    When you first got your turtles, how long did you wait to begin touching them?

  4. akikotheturtle says:

    Hello Novroz
    I clean my turtles shell with a toothbrush every two weeks, do I have to change the toothbrush every time or can I use the same toothbrush.

    Thanks 😀

  5. Barbados says:

    I was eating a brownie while watching my turtles roam around my bedroom, A big piece of it fell on the floor and before I could pick it up my turtle ate it. He just ate it like it was his job. I was so stupid. Is he going to die? 😦

  6. Heidi M Baker says:

    I loved seeing your videos of your buddies. Too cute! I have never owned a turtle before but my teenager got a baby RES a couple of months ago. I too wanted to know if I could do more than just pick it up now and again and hand feed it. My son named him Frank and I call him by his name (which both my boys thought was rediculous with a turtle). Thanks for the insight and sharing your babies with us.

  7. Michelle Gelinas says:

    I love your relationship with your turtles!! I admire you and hope to have that with my Luna. She’s about 4 and I rescued her in the spring from bad conditions. Will I be able to have the relationship you do?

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you Michelle 🙂

      so Luna used to be a wild turtle? Since you said you rescued her…I have faith she will show gratitude to you and become tame 🙂
      Good luck with her 🙂

  8. Michelle Gelinas says:

    How deep is their tank and what filter do you use?

  9. Michelle Gelinas says:

    No she wasn’t wild. She was just not taken care of right. She had dirty water and no light or filter and tiny tank. Thought her growth was stunted but now she is really doing well.

  10. Heidi says:

    Hey! I have two red eared sliders and they’re about 4 or 5 years old. They’ve not gotten very much affection from their previous owner so I was wondering if there was anything I could do to catch up on missed time?

  11. Rachel says:

    Hi! Thank you for writing this blog, I really enjoy it!

    I’m sorry if you’ve posted about this somewhere, but I have to ask: what do you do for basking when the female RESes are so big? I used to have a deeper tank for my RES, but in the end the biggest floating log I could find she couldn’t get on because it kept tipping. It held her weight if I put her on it myself, but it would be bad if she could only bask when I was around and noticed she was trying to get on it. She’s not even that big yet–her shell is about 6 inches. I saw that you have that blue-yellow thing leading from the basking box into the water. What is it, and does it hold an adult female’s weight? Any suggestions? I’d like to be able to get her a deeper tank again, so she can dive like she used to. . . .

  12. Lina says:

    Hi, I would like to know where can we buy UV B Light in Indonesia ? And how much does it cost? Thanks

  13. Aurelia says:

    Hey again, it’s been a while since I have made a post on this blog. Sorry about that.
    I have recently bought a new basking platform for my turtle, but she never goes on it. Sometimes she tries biting it, but I can’t tell if she hates it or if she thinks it is food. I have placed it in the tank 2 – 3 days ago. Do you know how I can make her go on it?


  14. Belle says:

    Hi Novroz. I read your page about training turtles and I was wondering how I would go about training my turtles. I have a baby turtle about three weeks old and a turtle that is a year old. I’ve only had the year old for a week. What should I do? Thank you.

  15. Marcy says:

    Hey there, I was wondering if you could give me some advice. My turtles are fat and only eat meat. I try to feed them fruit. I have tried the trick when you put the fruit in the meat. I have tried the switcheroo. I have tried giving them one option only (eating the fruit) but nothing works. I know you have your hands full with little Anka ( congrats on the adorable baby btw) but if you have a little time on your hands it would be very nice to have my questions answered.
    Thanks again,

  16. Bosco Yeung says:

    Hi Novroz, can you give me some advice on what to do? my turtle just approached something pointy with its forehead and suddenly sneezes blood from its nose, I’m so scared right now! I’m still panicking plzzzz I can’t find any help, you’re my only hope… 😦

  17. Kerri says:

    We have a 5year old red slider and we added two baby males and two females the males are fluttering continually . Can baby males fertilize a grown female ???
    F so do I need to take the males out of pond when Queenie 5 year old to fertilize out of the pond

  18. Kaki says:

    Hi! Love how your turtles love you so much. I am new to RED and need help please. My caught just got one and not sure how to really care for her. Her name is Sara. What is the best thing to feed her? We have the pellets but not sure how to really feed her.
    Also what kind of tank do you have.
    Thanks for your help!

  19. Madison says:

    Is it normal for my RES to change color in her shell within days . I just got her from the let store a few days ago and since then her shell has gotten very dark

  20. Wayne Goh says:

    My RES intend to hide from me a lot and opens 1 eyes while closing the other one why is this so?

  21. Eli Pearson says:

    My wife got a hatchling res as a bday gift but our roommate is completely out of her mind taking bad advice from her grandmother who used to own a pet shop in Florida she was told that res turtles can’t be housed in a fish tank bc the turtle will die and that when they are hatchlings they don’t need uva/ uvb bulbs as long as you take them outside and they will die if they are in more than a hermit crab habitat according to a book she has about turtles and I was wondering why someone who used to own a pet shop and sold turtles would tell her granddaughter these lies or is it that she really doesn’t know how to care for a res properly

    • Novroz says:

      I think the last one might me the reason as not all petshop understand much about turtles. Many people are ignorant about keeping this bay as pet

  22. Jaiya says:

    Can your turtle have babies

  23. Xery Jade says:

    @kame_kroten i bought a red eared turtle yesterday and i named it rufus, i don’t even know if it is a girl or a boy because it was only a few weeks ago when it hatched from its egg.. I just wanna know how to take care and train my baby, and i saw your videos and ohh it’s amazing, they made me cry.. This is my first time to handle a turtle.. I hope you can help me ☺️ thank you..

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Xery Jade.

      So happy to meet a new turtle parent 🙂
      I would love to help you but just be considerate as I am now a working mother so I might not reply your questions as fast as I used to (when I was still single). Ask whatever you need to ask, I’ll be happy to help 🙂

  24. Zephan says:

    How do you potty train your turtle to not poopy poopy everywhere on the floor

    • Novroz says:

      I still can’t do that.
      Papoe never poop on the floor (I don’t know why), Kurome poops everywhere he wants to (sigh), Kroten sometimes poop in the right place which the bathroom but sometime wherever she wants too

  25. Iris says:

    I have had my turtles for 2 years now. I can’t get over the fact that they still are not completely used to me yet. However, they have been warming up to me. For example, they don’t try to bite me anymore, they let me hand feed them, etc. But they don’t like when I try to pick them up. Some advice would be nice.
    Please get back to me when you can (I know you’ve been busy with Anka)

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Iris,

      Getting to get closer to turtles takes time. It takes 5 years for Kroten to get closer to me and Papoe needs more than 6 years. If you are lucky it’s be as fast as a month (like with Kame). Be patience is the key

  26. Tina says:

    Love your advice and have had similar experience with my yellow bellied slider, Winston. He demands our attention and spends a lot of time out of his tank interacting and stacking on us. Lately, he has discovered the bathroom in our bedroom and high trails it back there any time he can. While he is in there, he has started a strange behavior where he acts like he is digging and then urinates in the same spot. Do you have any idea what he is doing? It’s not a problem, but I thought it was kind of odd. Maybe it’s not urine, maybe fertilization ritual; it is spring?

  27. Anthony says:

    I have had red slider before and he was similar to the 2 mentioned that I think you have ..kamon and the other. Anyways so I know how they can be. My wife and I have repeatedly shown our turtle Turk attention after attention. We have hand fed him from baby. And have mixed his diet up from pellets to worms and snake will be gold fish. My concern is he isn’t seeming to get use to us. He is roughly 5 months old. He doesn’t actually bit at our finger but will open his mouth and half the time stay tucked in his shell. When he is in water he stand on his legs as if he’s looking for us but when we go over to the tank he acts as if he’s scard to death. He swims frantatical around his tank. And does so the majority of the day. Also it’s like hell freezing over if we ever see him basking anymore. Up until about a month ago he was a regular streghted out , go to sleep basking turtle. I’m worried for several reason , about his feelings with us and about his basking. I know it’s important for their digestive system and over all health. What are we doing wrong. He lives in a sweet lay out. Very nice basking area.proper water temp and lighting with uvb and uva. I mean he lives in what he is suppose to. Please help

    • Novroz says:

      HI Anthony,
      Is he eating properly? Does he look healthy? From your comment I can see that you have set his tank properly so if he doesn’t look sick don’t worry.

      As for personality…every turtle is different. I have 4 turtles (1 had passed away) and all of them are different. One is very very shy, maybe yours is like my Papoe, the shy guy.

  28. Hi! I love reading and watching your cute little turtles. My sister and I are new to this, but I hope we’ll be able to train our babies like yours!
    My first question is: we just got a new baby RES named napoleon and he’s not eating well these days. He’s just around 1.5 inches. On the first 2 days that we got him, he was happily eating crushed pellets. I just drop it near him because he’s new and still not familiar with hand feeding. On day 3 though, he was able to eat and even crush some bigger portions by himself, but then in the afternoon and the following days, he’s just either running away or stepping/swimming over his food. I don’t know what to do because our first RES (wilson) is really into food and was already getting hand-fed by day 3 or 4. We already tried isolating napoleon to another basin with warm water and put his food there, but he’s still not eating.
    My second question now is about wilson, the older turtle who’s around 2 inches. He’s really active and responds wonderfully to us because he knows that us=food. 😛 I’m just concerned about him swimming too much and getting shell rot. I don’t see him basking a lot unlike napoleon, especially now when he was introduced to the new guy. Is that bad? Should we separate them?

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Aicel, every turtle has different behaviour… One can be trained easily while others not that easy.

      Just be patience with your turtles.

      If the turtles do not bite each other, then they are still okay to be in the same tank

  29. Kay says:

    My 2 new baby res turtles are super scared and get startled easily when I go anywhere near them. I know they’re still adjusting to their new environment but is there anything else I can do to help?

    • Novroz says:

      You can start by staying near them after you feed them. Make them see and get used to you being around. Simply say hi everytime you pass by will also make them recognize you little by little

  30. Ojaswa Verma says:

    I am very curious to know why does my turtle scratch my leg after i sit down on the couch. It follows me around wherever i go and sometimes scratches my leg with its front claws whenever i sit motionless and do not move my feet. And also my red eared slider turtle is losing his orange colour. Please could u reply to my question?

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Ojaswa,
      scratching motion can be intrepeted as matting dance or territorial sign. Is your turtle female or male?

      It’s very common for turtles to change their colour. They are nit going to cute colour forever

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