By Chris H
Trachemys scripta scripta
5 to 8" long
8" to 13" long
Yellow bellied sliders are omnivorous, eating aquatic
plants, fish, insects and carrion, although adult females are largely
herbivorous and young and adult males are more carnivorous.
Low to Mid 80's
Basking Temperature: High 80's to
Water Temperature: Mid 70's
These turtles thrive in a variety of
freshwater habitats including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.
south eastern Virginia to northern
use an aquarium no smaller than 15 gallons
for HATCHLINGS. 1 adult YBS should be kept in a 60gallon aquarium and up. Add an
additional 20 gallons per turtle. Use a good filtration system, preferably an
external canister filter. These turtles like to bask, so provide a fair sized
basking spot. I would also recommend a submersible heater with the temperature
adjusted to 75 to 80 degrees.
Recommended size for a single adult
Yellow Bellied slider - 60 Gallons. For a Trio, definently 150gallons and up.
In captivity, you can use small
feeder fish as well as commercially bred insects such as meal worms, wax worms
and crickets as treats. Commercial turtle food and chopped vegetables round out
a nutritionally complete diet along with the treats.
Red Eared Sliders, Cooters, maps, and
painted turtles work well together.
Most are very sociable and those that
are shy tend to lose that shyness rather quickly.