I’m not sure why I gave in a year or two ago and did what you should NEVER do and bough a MALL TURTLE. I think I was unduly influenced by the person I was with. I remember asking the man “will this thing get big?” and of course he said no and of course they did.
For inflammations sake let me say this, see the beautiful red stripe? This guy is called a Red eared Slider and he can grow to the size of a dinner plate or larger. This I found out when I took him to the pet smart to get him something bigger than the bo bo plastic carrier they sent me home with. It is actually illegal to sell baby turtles before they are a certain age, this I also found out later.
So I took them home (oh yes I got two) and set up a really nice aquarium for them. Two things about turtles: They grow fast and they stink to high heaven. I had to scrub the tank at least once an month and more frequently once they got bigger, big hassle.
Now let me say that I am a turtle lover. They were amazing to watch swim and sun. So much cooler than fish. I even liked feeding them minnows and watching them hunt. But I just couldn’t provide a space that was healthy for them, they needed more room.
We ended up releasing them into a local river. Now I need to clarify, this was a BAD choice. I should have tired to find them a different home. When we release captive animals into a native population it endangers all of the native species by putting more competition out there and exposes them to diseases that they might not other wise come in contact with. I say this because I have vowed never to do this again (along with de-clawing a cat) and I don’t want anyone to think that I condone it.
So I have decided that if I ever get another turtle it will be a tortoise. No water, takes a long time to get bigger. I have learned my lesson.
Never by a pet from the mall, never buy a pet you don’t know how to care for. And if you find that it is not possible to keep them, find it a good home no matter how long it takes.