^^Buddy, a red-eared slider. Trachemys Scripta Elegans. Check out those awesome boy-claws.
1)male carapace 20-25cm / female 25-31cm
2)life span 30 years wild / more in captivity
3)tank size 300-450litres / 80-120 gallons
4)temperature 25-27C / 77-80F
^^Buddy's basking platform
^^ 55 gallon aquarium with basking platform. Buddy will need tank upgrades as he grows.
^^turtles can be determined climbers.
update Jan '14: Buddies new 108 gallon pond can be viewed on the free member's forum at
^^Yurdle, a shy female river cooter turtle, Pseudemys concinna
1)carapace 23-33cm / 9-13 inches
2)life span 40 years wild / longer in captivity
3)tank size 682+ litres / 180+ gallons4)temperature 25 - 27C / 77 - 80F
^^Yurdle's old basking area, in a 135 gallon with 2 XP4 filters
^^2012's 180 gallon pond upgrade, showing basking platform and netting frame
^^salad chic: this gal likes her veggies
^^boarding ramp and basking area. The tub is usually draped with netting to keep
out Daisy, Yurdle's ever curious dog roommate.
^^female turtles will need dry land to lay eggs. The exercise and sunshine are good, too.
^^don't leave turtles out doors unattended.
^^who doesn't enjoy a spring outing?
update Jan '14: Yurdle's on going adventures can be viewed on the free member's forum at Canada Aquaria
turtle housing thread at Happy Turtle Pub
coming next in Part2: Fly River turtles and 'left-over turtlez'