Poseidon and Triton

Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea and Triton is the son of Poseidon and demigod of the sea.  Poseidon and Triton were given to Sayre because their original owners could no longer take care of them.  

Poseidon is much larger than Triton and was able to escape from her aquatic home by climbing up the filter system.  She was crawling around my classroom for two weeks one summer, only to be found by one of our alums.  Again the following Fall, Poseidon decided to take off for another adventure while I was out of town.  Gratefully, my substitute was able to find her under my bookcase.  We have since duct taped the filter closed!


Because these turtles become so large, there is a massive surplus of unwanted adult turtles.  If you want a turtle, please do not purchase one; instead adopt one that needs a home.  Wild populations are already under pressure from habitat loss and hunting; please do not add to their stress.


Red Eared Sliders are native to the Southern United States.  Males are smaller than females, have longer claws on their front feet, longer thicker tails, and a concaved lower shell. However, both male and female sliders will grow to 12 inches in diameter and their markings will lesson as they age. 

The water in their tank must be 1.5 to 2 times your turtle's total length in depth.  The tank length needs to be at least 4-5 times their diameter, and width needs to be 2-3 times their diameter.  Use a submersible heater to make the water temperature 75-86 degrees, and use a UV spot light to provide a basking area of 85-88 degrees.  Be sure to use a thermometer to determine the temperature.  Use a water filtering system to keep the tank water clean, replace 25% of the water weekly, and clean the entire tank once a month. Be sure to use hot water.

In this enormous tank provide:
1. basking areas created by stacking smooth rocks or floating logs to allow your turtle to dry off completely.
2.  large aquarium gravel.
3.  a cover for the underwater heater.


Feed your turtle the following in a separate tank:
1. Commercial pellets.  25% of your pet's diet should be floating reptile pellets.
2. Animal protein. 25% of your pet's diet should be live feeder fish.
3. Plant matter. 50% of your pet's diet should be dark leafy greens such as collards, mustard greens, or dandelions. offer shredded carrots, squash, and green beans.
4.  Good reptile multivitamin.

Life Expectancy

It is illegal for pet stores to sell any turtle that is less than 4 inches in diameter.  Once you obtain a 4 inch turtle and provide it with a stress free environment, your turtle could live 100 years in captivity.

Health Concerns

1.  Swollen or puffy eyes. Be sure your turtle has UVB light, proper calcium, and animal protein.  See your veterinarian immediately.

2.  Furry build up of matter in the mouth.  See your veterinarian immediately as this might be a bacterial infection.  Be sure the water is clean and warm.

3.  Carapace has soft areas.  See your veterinarian immediately as this might be a bacterial infection.  Be sure the water is clean and warm.


Kaplan, Melissa. Red-Eared Sliders. Herp Care Collection. 26 April 2009.

McLeod, Lianne, DVM. Red Eared Sliders. Quick Guide to Red Eared Sliders as Pets.   About.com: Exotic Pets. 26 April 2009.

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