Yellow Bellied Slider Hatchling

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Yellow Bellied Slider Hatchling

judevie
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judevie
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Joined: 18 May 2010, 21:51

18 May 2010, 22:02 #1

We got a yellow bellied slider hatchling last week. We have set up a 20 gallon aquarium with river rock, water, a couple live plants, driftwood and a rock for basking, water heater set @ 76 degrees, basking lamp and UVB lamp. Since we have had her/him? she has not gotten out of the water once. I read that they should be getting out daily to bask/ dry. Will she get sick if she never dries? I don't know what to do of if this is normal.
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Robyn
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Robyn
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Joined: 01 Sep 2003, 21:10

19 May 2010, 15:07 #2

Welcome to the forum!

My page on baby turtles is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/hatchling.htm

It's pretty common for newborn turtles to want to just stay put, be it under some dirt or in the water in this case. Do you know how old the baby is? They aren't very active for the first few months, living off their yolks and learning what food is.

Make sure that the baby can easily get out of the water. It may be harder than you think to get up on the rock. How deep is the water? For newborns, just a few inches is enough until they figure things out. The turtle won't get ill from staying in the water as long as it's warm enough, the water is clean enough (so bacteria and fungus don't grow; be sure to change it often), and he/she starts to eat. The warmer the water is, the less need the baby feels to get out of the water to warm up.

Good luck!
Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 4 cats, 1 rabbit, 3 guinea pigs, 2 dwarf hamsters, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (20 or 50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm

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