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The new turtle is here!

I seriously have MRS!! Already got 2 bearded dragons, 2 corn snakes, 1 cali king snake, 2 musk turtles and now a yellow bellied slider!

I saw the add for her on preloved and to be honest I didn't think it was real. It just said "yellow bellied turtle for sale with tank 10" so I was like hmmm I'll reply to it. I didn't get a reply for some time but eventually I got one saying she was still for sale. We organised for the owner to drop her off last night. I didn't expect everything to be so... big? The tank is almost 4ft long and is almost 2 foot wide! and about 2 foot deep. It comes with a HUGE filter, heater and a little basking rock. There was no substrate. The tank wasn't the best bit though... ohhhh no, not the tank. The turtle itself is about 13 inches! She is HUGE! I have musk turtle hatchlings which wont grow much bigger and they're puny. I can't even compare! Well I did anyways

She doesn't look fantastic. She has dirt all over her shell (which we're trying to get off as hard as we can without annoying her), is shedding LOADS (a sign of lacking basking... she has no basking lamp or anything!) and she's been fed hatchling food! Oh my.

We got her into her new home and set the tank up. Today we went out and got some stones for the bottom of the tank. All natural colours etc etc and we got a large branch to float around. She is LOVING it! She was so stressed with all the glass but now she can't see the shiny bottom she seems to be loving it. I'm hoping that when I move out we can have a pond for her, because regardless to the tank being huge it doesn't seem to look right to me.

I've just emailed the guy asking how old she is. He literally dropped her off, took the money and went and I felt rude for even asking any questions! But I've just emailed him because I will have to know for whenever she has to go to the vet.

We WERE calling her Rochelle, but she doesn't look like one! So she's called Alabama, or Ally for short

She's so gorgeous and I just LOVE her! She was being rehomed because the guy had a partner who really hated animals so he had to give up his collection of reptiles well, she has a forever home with us for sure!






here are the size comparisons hehe

Squishy and Squirt in a bucket


Alabama in the same bucket


Squirt by my finger


Squishy by my finger


Alabama by my finger


I'll post the set ups later on!

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Oooh! You sure fancy some really nice exotics! Squishy and Squirt are soo tiny! And Ally is huge and looking so fabulous!

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Beautiful turtles , the little guys are so cute, I wish we could get that size here. Your yellow eared is huge, so pretty .

I love reptiles too. I have a couple of RES's and and Iguana myself.

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Thanks everybody!
Oo I love red eared sliders! After I've gotten my razor back musk turtle hatchling at some point I will be getting a red eared slider for sure. There's one for sale at my local pet store and I wish I could house him with my Ally, I guess I could. I've heard they do well together but I'm not risking it! What kind of iguana do you have? I really want a green iguana, I handle a small one at college but its not too impressive haha! It makes me laugh because it was only a week or two again when I realised how much I loved my reptiles and how many I have! I even did a talk on handling snakes at college but the pine snake I was handling did not want to cooperate which was pretty funny cause she was all mouth. Hissing and hissing and hissing but acting totally calm, the royal pythons were moody that day however!

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Again, apologies for the picture quality

Here's my musk turtle set up (both Squishy and Squirt share it)

You can't see it behind the floating wood but there is a nice little turtle dock, they don't use it though! They love the floating wood however. Musk turtles are some of the only turtles that are pretty much completely aquatic, ours never come out the water hardly.

And here is the not so great set up that Ally is in


The water is so cloudy at the moment because of the new substrate. We washed it off and got it nice and clean and it wasn't too bad. The filter is clearing it up loads though. She's also shedding so there are tons of bits of skin everywhere it's gross! As you can see there isn't much in it at the moment. We have some floating wood which goes everywhere and a rock for her sit on. Believe it or not she can breathe just by standing on her toes! Scarily big! Apparently she has only ever had water in there, which I found odd for a semi terrestrial turtle, but we put the water lower for her to climb onto the rock and she just freaked out and hated it. So we're building our own turtle dock (can't find any that will take her weight) and having it suspended in the tank and in range of the basking lamp! It will look so much better sooner. We're also going to plant some plants in there for her and make it more natural. So far she seems happy enough just how it is but man it's boring!

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Ooo! I got an email back. Apparently her original name was Theresa... woops! I thought she was pretty old, being as she is quite literally HUGE. She's only four and a half years old and she was bought when she was the size of a 50p coin!

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They get big quick huh? Just be careful, if I remember right the red eared sliders and yellow bellieds can hybridize? We have a big problem with the two species, one is native the other isn't and is taking over. I can never remember which one is native tho haha



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I'm not going to mix her with any other species don't worry. I just thought it would be nice for her to have a companion, though I've now found it the other turtle she was housed with used to fight really badly with her so no friends for her! I've seen loads of RES in Florida! Like tons of um! And I honestly can't believe she's only 4 and a half!

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They are pretty cute! I had a painted turtle when I was younger, he was pretty fun. I was at the aquarium shop yesterday and they had a whole tank of baby RES and I nearly died of cuteness they were so tiny



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Awwh that's awesome! I've never seen a hatchling or even a small RES, they're huge!

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We had a reptile specialty store near us that would get baby soft shell turtles in. Talk about ADORABLE They were the size of a quarter!



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I have an green Iguana.

Wow thats amazing that she's so big at only 4 years. My two girls are about 3 years old and there about 5 inches.

I wish we could get little turtles here, but its illegal to sell turtles less than 4 inches.
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It's illegal in pretty much every state, but if it's sold for 'educational purposes' it's legal here in FL meaning you just sign a piece of paper both you and the seller know is total crap and you get a turtle haha



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It's illegal in pretty much every state, but if it's sold for 'educational purposes' it's legal here in FL meaning you just sign a piece of paper both you and the seller know is total crap and you get a turtle haha
Yeah I did hear that you could do that, but I can't find anyplace around here thats sell the little ones. Probably a good thing considering I would probably buy the whole lot of them .

My Mom had the silver dollar sized ones as a kid.

Oh well, I'm happy with my two girls, they are so much work it's not even funny and I can't find a good filter .
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