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When the temperature of the water in a red-eared slider's environment drops below a certain temperature, the turtle's metabolic system slows down and he loses his appetite. RedEarSlider.com states that this is one reason... More »

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Red-eared sliders eat both plants and meat. Older turtles eat a lot more vegetation than young turtles, who are primarily carnivorous. Commercial turtle pellets can be fed as part of a turtle's diet but should be supplem... More »

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Baby red-eared sliders will eat water plants, dead matter and fish in the wild but if they are being kept as pets it is best to raise them on commercial turtle feed. A steady and nutrient-rich diet promotes growth in tur... More »

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According to the Smithsonian Institution, how long a turtle can stay underwater depends on the species, locality and temperature. During hibernation, painted turtles remain underwater through the entire winter. The Fitzr... More »

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To take care of a turtle, change the water in the turtle's tank once a week, thoroughly clean the entire tank once or twice a month, and feed the turtle four or five times a week. Taking care of a turtle is an ongoing pr... More »

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The difference between a turtle and a tortoise is that a turtle lives in or near water, and a tortoise is more terrestrial. Turtles tend to have webbed feet, and marine turtles have flippers. The feet of a tortoise are l... More »

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The largest ever recorded turtle was a leatherback turtle that weighed in at 2,016 pounds and was 9 feet long. It died after becoming trapped in fishing lines. More »

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