If you were an adventurous kid growing up, there is a good chance that some part of your childhood involved going to a nearby pond to catch animals like frogs, turtles, and fish.
There is some unspoken joy that children get when they get to have their hands on a live creature from that kind of habitat. The mud, the slime, the wriggling, and the adorable look of the animals all add to the excitement. Even now with two kids, I still get a rush when I see my children having a ball when they go to the pond.
Oftentimes, a temporary capture can lead to the question, “Can we keep him?” Obviously, due to the cruelty of taking these animals out of their natural habitat and the potential of contracting zoonotic diseases, my answer to my children is always a firm “no.”
However, many of these animals from the pond, if bred in captivity, can become great pets. One such pet that is a joy to own is the red eared slider turtle. This red ear turtle can be found in the southern part of the United States but is frequently being found elsewhere, as it is an invasive species. These cute reptiles have also become some of the most popular reptile pets.
The prospect of owning a turtle can certainly be daunting for some people. I have now owned several and must admit that I was somewhat apprehensive when my kids asked me if they could get a pet turtle.
I wanted to do my research and figured that it would be manageable enough to get one. However, a few weeks in, I was panicking. I felt that the turtles I had gotten were not healthy. I was frantically looking online to check to see if I was taking care of them correctly and found a host of answers. The problem was that they weren’t very helpful or definitive. I was about to go sort things out at the veterinarian’s office when I heard about Red Eared Slider Secrets. This little guide turned the light on for many things that had kept me in the dark. I followed the advice of the book, and lo and behold, it worked! I now feel much more confident in my turtle owning experience, and I get to experience the excitement of going to the pond every time I walk by the red eared slider tank.
Since this site makes a point of reviewing pet care guides, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what you’ll learn in the guide as well as how it worked for me. Stay with me!
About Me: Pre-RES Secrets
As far as my history with pets, the only other pets I had before I got these red slider turtles was a dog when I was a kid. I used to go with my dog to the pond and catch frogs, turtles, and snakes.
I never took any of these captured animals as pets because I knew my mom would be furious if I had brought home some dirty animal from the pond. So, I just stuck with having my dog.
Fast forward thirty years. After increasing pressure from my kids, I caved and got two red eared sliders. Obviously, I had not yet gotten the guide, but I had done a little bit of browsing online and figured this was totally something that I could handle (with some help from my kids, of course).
I found some red eared sliders for sale at a local pet store and picked them up along with a red eared slider habitat kit. I assembled the kit with my kids, hooked up the water, and plopped the turtles into the tank.
I was comfortable in assuming that along with feeding and some tank maintenance that I would have no problem. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
My slider turtles started displaying some signs of being sick. I knew this from their behavior, but I could also see that some things had changed physically as well. I wanted to get to the bottom of it, so I took to the internet and searched again for symptoms and possible causes.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to be looking for, so my search methods were rather ineffective in yielding any guiding results. I was starting to get a little bit desperate. Thankfully, my discovery of Red Eared Slider Secrets came in the nick of time. Seriously. I was walking over to the phone to call the vet when I decided to check the internet one more time for answers.
I’m so thankful that I found this guide, because I don’t know where I (or my turtles, for that matter) would be without it. Since reading this guide, I have become educated on a great number of things concerning how to care for these lovely semiaquatic animals. Among other things, I learned:
- Most inexperienced owners can greatly reduce the lifespan of the turtle by caring for it incorrectly
- Certain things you should ask your pet store before purchasing the turtle
- Things to watch for at feeding time to see if your turtle is okay
- Other behavioral anomalies that could signify sickness
I feel so much better about owning these turtles since I got the guide. You can feel this way too if you get the handbook. Below, I’ve included some more information about what you’ll find in the book. Keep on reading!
Red Eared Slider Secrets: My Review
Let me say one thing first – there is not another guide that exists that comes close to the Red Eared Slider Secrets guide in breadth or depth of information. This guide was written by an expert who has dedicated their whole life to understanding the mysteries of the red eared slider. Like I said before, I’ve done research on a great many guides, and I must say that I believe this book to be the definitive guide on red eared slider care.
From caring from adult to baby red eared sliders, this instructional literature has the answer. From reading it, you’ll be able to diagnose and trouble shoot health issues such as:
- Missing scales or bleeding around the shell
- Sensitivity to light
- Swelling or bruising
I told you before that I was an inexperienced owner. Thank goodness I stumbled upon this guide, because I am afraid that my turtles would have been in bad condition (or worse) had I not discovered and been able to consult this guide.
One last thing that I’d like to note about this guide is how easy it is to read. I felt like I was opening up an easy troubleshooting handbook and not a huge boring textbook. The instructions in the book are easy to follow and understand. It’s perfect for someone who feels uncomfortable dealing with difficult concepts and technical terms.
If you’ve been looking for red eared slider care answers to no avail, look no longer. In terms of a guide showing you how it’s done with these turtles, Red Eared Slider Secrets has no equivalent.
If you are considering getting these animals as pets, or if you already have one (or some!), this is the perfect guide for you. Pick up your copy today!