Yellow Bellied Slider Needs A Friend...


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I currently have a yellow bellied slider turtle. She is alone in a 40 Gallon tank. I've been thinking about finding her a tank mate. Everything I've heard points to her probably eating whatever I put in there with her. But then I thought if I got a koi fish that is on the big side, it would be good big for her to eat. I'm torn as to what to do. Leave her alone in her tank? Or buy a bigger koi in hopes she leaves it alone and has a buddy in there with her?
 
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Don't get a Koi...a 40 gallon tank is much too small for a Koi.
 
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How about another turtle?

Thank you for the welcome :)
I thought about that. But my worry is that she's been alone her entire life and I've read introducing turtles can be very touch and go. She's not an aggressive turtle. But I'd hate to get another turtle and she hurt it.
 
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Here's my girl sunbathing on her large size zoomed dock. Should give you an idea of her size.
I would probably have to upgrade the tank size in order to introduce another turtle of comparable size.
 

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My friend up the road has several rescue red eared slider turtle's from people who decided they didn't want them anymore. They all get along fine. Do you know anyone else that has turtles that you might have them bring over and introduce to your turtle to see how she likes it? Yep you'd prolly have to find one about the same size as yours. My friend has to bring hers indoors in winter and puts them in a spare bathtub w/heat lights. In Summer she brings them outdoors into a big huge above ground pool w/floating driftwood. They love it! Eventually she is going to finish a stream and turtle area that connect to her koi pond. Turtles won't get to go in the koi pond tho. They will have their own separate area.
 
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Unfortunately, I'm the only shell baby mother I know. My ex had a slightly bigger red ear slider and we planned to eventually put them together in a huge, multi tank turtle sanctuary. But that's never going to happen now.

I keep her indoors year around. I don't have my own place yet. So the upgrading of tanks is kind of limited.

I don't want to do anything irrational. So I'm getting my information now. She just looks lonely. Trying to figure something out to help her be a happy girl.
 

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Sounds like you will just have to wait till you have more room for another turtle. Then there is no guarantee that they will get along or if they will continue to get along. I read that the more space they have the better so they can get away from each other if needed.
 
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Hmmm, okay. More to think about. But at least now I can develop a plan to make it happen! Thank you for the advice!
 
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@Marshall Can you help out?

From what I just read, sliders are gregarious [they like friends, but turtle friends, not fishy friends] but they're also territorial..... That sounds contradictory, but I guess the size of the habitat/tank would matter. This might sound crazy, but you could place a mirror on the outside of the tank and tape it in place. Leave it for a while and watch for a reaction from your girl. If she acts aggressive, maybe another turtle isn't a good idea. But if she acts interested or doesn't react at all, maybe she would tolerate a tank buddy [in a larger tank].

A few questions: how big is your current turtle; how do you have the tank set up? Can you post some pictures showing the entire tank?
 

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Welcome to our group! Glad you are trying to help your lonely looking turtle.
 

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Welcome :) @Mmathis ( aka Turtle Mommy ) can probably assist you.
@Tula Thanks for the referral! My area of expertise is somewhat limited to box turtles, but posts like this one are challenging me to broaden my knowledge base regarding other turtle species. Box turtles, considered land turtles (but not the same as tortoises), only require enough water to periodically soak in. Turtles like sliders are considered semi-aquatic, meaning they spend the majority of the time in water, coming out to bask, relocate, breed...... Their diets and feeding habits differ, as apparently, so do their social habits (speaking in general terms -- I don't know about other semi-aquatics). I don't know if he's posted in a while, but @Marshall runs a turtle rescue and knows a lot about sliders, and such. I'm hoping he'll pick up on this conversation. But despite my lack of knowledge and experience, I'm always happy to help!

And to @Psk8684, happy turtling! I know how you feel, wanting the best for your baby! FYI, if you are on FaceBook, there are a LOT of turtle groups.
 
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Just to add what I know about water turtles; most are not really that social and are usually solitary unless in breeding season so there's no real advantage to personifying a turtle's needs. Males can be aggressive toward both other males as well as females when they are in season. Even two females can have issues. As mentioned, females can get quite large and you really should provide as much space as you can. Also, the bigger they get, the more quickly the water can be fouled, so more area is better all the way around. A huge reason I built my pond is because my two painteds (both were about 5") needed more space. I went from a kiddie pool on the driveway to a full fledged pond. If you have room and desire, I'd suggest you put in a pond of your own; you'll enjoy it and so will your yellow-belly. Marshall hopefully will chime in as he IS our resident expert when it comes to water turtles.

Oh, and don't put any fish with the turtle unless you're prepared to see them as meals. Especially in a small area as the fish will probably not escape. I've found my painteds do okay as long as I keep them well fed and the fish are large. Once, long a go when I was less educated re turtles, I put in a frog and had to quickly rescue him when the turtles when after it. With enough room and space, an equilibrium can be had but an aquarium isn't the way to do that, but a pond is.

Hope this helps.

Michael
 
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I know that and you know that but most lump them all together, so I was just trying to be colloquial.
 

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