If you choose a red-eared turtle, you will need an environment that mimics that of their home in nature. An aquarium that is approximately 5 times longer than he is as well as 4 times wider should be sufficient enough. They will need a warm area that is dry to bask in and water for swimming. Provide him with some sturdy large rocks that will absorb heat and provide a stable place for him to bask. Your pet red eared turtle will eat, sleep and reproduce in his habitats water so it is imperative that this water be filtered and kept as clean as possible. You should also invest in a submersible heater. Plan on keeping your pets water at approximately 75 degrees. Provide your mature red eared turtle with approximately 10 gallons per inch of shell. Younger hatchlings should be able to stand with their heads out of the water until they are proficient at swimming. Provide plants and environmental features for the hatchlings to rest on. You should also invest in a submersible heater. Plan on keeping your pets water at approximately 75 degrees. The top of your aquarium should be equipped with a fluorescent light (full spectrum) that should be on most of the time your pet is awake. Your turtle will die if the above isn’t done.
Supplies you may need:
A 40 gallon tank (size will depend on your turtle) with a secure lid
A water filtration system
A submersible water heating unit
A full spectrum fluorescent light
A large flat rock that will absorb heat for him to bask on
A heating pad (some people use this to help regulate temperature in the tank)
Appropriate diet materials
Turtles can be a bit costly, but very worth it.