Red-eared slider turtles display elaborate courtship behavior underwater, and if the female is not interested, she becomes aggressive. If she is willing to mate, she goes to the bottom. Mating takes only about 10 minutes after a 45-minute courtship.Know More
Red-eared sliders usually reach sexual maturity when they are about three to four years old, although ability to mate depends more on their size than their age. Males are sexually mature when they are about four inches long, while females reach six to seven inches in length by the time they are sexually mature. Males have longer claws than females, which they use during courtship and mating. When a male courts a female, he circles her and vibrates his claws around her head. Although sexually immature turtles may mimic this behavior, they do not mate afterward.
The female adjusts her diet and spends extra time in the sun after mating. Egg-laying occurs within days or weeks, and the eggs become fertilized when the female lays them. However, if the egg-laying does not occur until the following season, the male's sperm remains viable within the female. Just before laying her eggs, the female finds a suitable site and digs a hole, usually near the shore of a body of water. She can lay five to six clutches a year, and each clutch contains two to 30 eggs. Incubation time depends on the temperature, but it ranges from 59 to 112 days.Learn more about Turtles
When the temperature of the water in a red-eared slider's environment drops below a certain temperature, the turtle's metabolic system slows down and he loses his appetite. RedEarSlider.com states that this is one reason that it is important to keep water temperature closely regulated. Sometimes, red-eared sliders also become reluctant to eat in the winter if the room temperature in the house is too cold for them.Full Answer >
Yellow belly slider turtles eat small fish, frogs and other aquatic species as well as aquatic plants found in their habitats. The diet of yellow belly slider turtles changes as they age, with juveniles being primarily carnivores and adults eating mostly aquatic vegetation.Full Answer >
Red-eared slider turtles can survive for months underwater without needing to come back up for air. In the wild, they must do this during cold winters when the bodies of water they live in freeze over.Full Answer >
Red-eared sliders eat both plants and meat. Older turtles eat a lot more vegetation than young turtles, who are primarily carnivorous. Commercial turtle pellets can be fed as part of a turtle's diet but should be supplemented with fresh vegetables and prey animals.Full Answer >