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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, we just adopted a red eared slider and are told he is about three years old. He came to us yesterday. We left him alone for the first 24 hours, then fed him. He eats fine. I do have a few questions.
1. He has yet to go on his basking platform? Is he still figuring it out?
2. Should the heat lamp be 12 inches above the platform? Right now it's about 7 inches.
3. Should I get him an underwater cave to hide in?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-11-2018, 10:13 AM
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What's it's name ? Boy or girl ?

A three year old ( not a baby anymore but it's a juvenile ) likes the basking area to be around 85* with the water about 75*.
Note: the basking area not only needs a heat bulb but also needs a UVB bulb. Both over the basking area ! Also both will need to be set by measuring the temp for the heat depending on the size heat bulb and the UVB by the directions on the box for the UVB , a must ! The heat entices it to get under the UVB bulb. A UVB bulb is a "specialty bulb" and by itself does not produce adequate heat alone unless you get into the Mega Rays. Yes they cost more up front BUT last very long and produces the best UVB rays! An accurate thermometer is a must , I found the "IR" type to be the best ! Also a UVB meter is good to have if you can find one on sale. If not must go by instructions on the UVB box for placement or you could hurt a turtle if to close.
7" is way to close for a heat bulb unless it's a very small wattage like 30 watts. What type and size is it ? Any UVB bulb ? What about a water heater ?
It's still adjusting to it new home and a cave is nice , needs to be safe and large enough so it does not get trapped in it and drown. Get some turtle safe plastic plants so it can hide behind them to feel more comfortable . All turtles are different on amount of time needed to adjust and feel safe and comfortable. One of the best things you can do is to have patience when it comes to turtles and offer it the best natural home you can for the turtle's needs. Any photos of turtle and setup ?

Last edited by litefoot; 05-11-2018 at 10:22 AM. Reason: clarification
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