Please READ THE DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE CONTACTING MATTS. Many of your questions be answered below.
I am an aquatic juvenile Cumberland slider turtle who is for adoption in Turnersville, NJ. I'm about 3" inches long and maybe 1 year old, which means I could live another 20-25 years. For now, I would like at least a 40 gallon tank of my own, although larger is appreciated. Eventually I may need a 55 or 100
gallon aquarium or stock tank of my own, since it's impossible to tell if I'm a boy or girl right now. Once I'm 4" or so, you can tell my gender. Keep in mind that females could end up being 11" when full grown.
An indoor aquarium or plastic stock tank will need a basking area, heat light, and UVB light, as well as a strong external canister filter or a good DYI filter.
I eat Mazuri, Reptomin, and Zoo Med turtle pellets and other brands of pellets. I should be offered dark leafy greens, thin slices of sweet potato, and weeds like clover or plaintain if you have it in warmer weather, but right now I'm a picky eater and only like my pellets.
I'm for adoption because my person had too many turtles, and the other turtles were beating me up.
Aquatic turtles can live for 20-60 yrs. We need large indoor aquariums or ponds, a basking spot, and water filtration. Indoor ponds and aquariums require a haul-out spot, a.k.a. basking spot, a heat light over a basking spot, a UVB light over the basking spot, a high-powered filter, and usually a water heater. Outdoor ponds must be in an escape-proof yard or the pond itself must be escape-proof. If you have a backyard pond, the turtle can't go outside for the first time until May, but can live year-round outside after that. Babies shouldn't go outside until they're about 3", so they don't become bird food. If using an aquarium, a good rule of thumb is at least 10 gallons per inch of turtle (straight carapace length). So, a 6" turtle will need at least a 55 gallon aquarium. For ideas on how to prepare an aquarium or pond, visit www.turtleforum.com to chat with other keepers. Review the care sheet to learn more about caring for a water turtle.
A good book beginner book for aquatic turtles is Red-Eared Sliders (Animal Planet Pet Care Library) at Amazon or other on-line outlets.
Another good book, much more in-depth, is Captive Care of North American Water Turtles by Richard Lunsford. https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/richard-lunsford/captive-care-of-north-american-water-turtles/paperback/product-1646678.html
REQUEST AN ADOPTION APPLICATION from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include YOUR CITY AND STATE when contacting MATTS. An application will be e-mailed to you.
MATTS turtles come with a no sale, no trade adoption contract.
Once completed, the application can be returned, and if approved, you'll then have to submit pictures of your set-up before meeting my foster family to pick me up. NO SHIPPING.
NJ residents are supposed to obtain a permit to have a turtle. The MATTS adoption contract counts as a receipt, for getting the permit after getting the turtle. It's fairly easy to get, by using the application here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/xotic_hobby.pdf
PLEASE HELP OTHER TURTLES by spreading the word - baby turtles grow into big turtles! They do not stay small - they do not grow to the size of their enclosure! Please don't buy hatchling turtles at vacation tourist spots. It's illegal in ALL 50 states to sell a baby turtle.
Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS accepts tax-deductible donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 341, Highland, MD 20777, or through PayPal at https://www.matts-turtles.org/support.html
We help nearly 100 displaced pet turtles a year!
October 27, 2020