Thesis Statement• Turtles, Habitats, Inhabiters, coexistence.• Direction is needed.
Personal Relevance• Since i was a child i have always been investigating ponds, creeks, rivers, and any kind of stream with possible inhabitance. I was about seven years old when my mom took me to Al’s Pet Shop to buy my turtle. He has been living in my room ever since that day. While i was growing up my favorite movie was Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. Thus i named my turtle Scuba Steve.
Here is My Turtle• Image of Scuba Steve Chillin’.
Research• The specie of turtle i own personally is named the Red-eared slider. (They get this name from the bright colored red stripes along each side of there heads.)
Behavior• Red eared sliders are almost entirely aquatic but leave the water to bask in the sunlight and lay eggs. Sliders are deceptively fast and are also decent swimmers. They hunt for prey and and capture it in there jaws when the opportunity presents itself. Sliders are very aware of predators and threats. They are usually found basking on logs, rocks, or along the banks of rivers, lakes, ponds, and creeks. They are very frantic reptiles and are seen as skittish by people. The red eared slider is known to slide off rocks and logs when approached. Thus the name red eared (Slider)
Description Info• Female red eared sliders grow to be 10 - 13 inches in length and males usually between 8 - 10 inches. The top shell usually consists of a dark green background with light and dark highly variable markings. The bottom shell known as the plastron is yellow with dark paired markings in the center of the shell. The head legs and tail are green with thin yellow lines running down them. Claws in males are particularly elongated which helps males facilitate courtship and mate.
Dietary Info• Red eared sliders are omnivores and can eat a variety of animal and plant life in the wild. Their main diet consists of but is not limited to Fish, Crayﬁsh, Carrion, Tadpoles, Snails, Crickets, Wax Worms, aquatic insects, and numerous aquatic plant species. In captivity pet owners should vary their turtle’s diet. A captive slider can be fed krill, vitamin pellets, worms, aquatic vegetation. For Calcium intake Sliders can be fed Cuttlebone which has a high source of calcium and will improve any turtle’s living condition. In Captivity you can offer your pet slider a variety of treats, these include shrimp, chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and more. Larger turtles have been known to prey upon smaller younglings.
Hibernation/Brumating• Hibernation of reptiles. Reptiles are not known to hibernate although they are known to Brumate. Brumation is like hibernation although it is not a permanent state of sleep. Reptiles during brumating will occasionally rise for food or water. Red eared sliders brumate during the winter season at the bottom of ponds and shallow lakes generally starting in October when temperatures go below 50 Degrees Fahrenheit. Sliders that are kept as pets should not brumate. To prevent this from happening in an aquarium lights should be on for 12-14 hours per day and water temperatures should be maintained between 75-81 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Environment• Red Eared Sliders can be found in ponds, creeks, cricks, lakes, rivers, and streams. They enjoy large areas of fresh and clean water where they are free to swim about. These turtles also need basking areas to lay out in the sun. They need to have a stable place where they can be completely out of the water. Many times in the wild you can ﬁnd Sliders aligned on logs sticking out of the water usually biggest to smallest. They absorb UV rays from the sun. The UV rays give the turtles nutrients and energy if you are an owner it is wise to buy a UAV Lighting system for your turtle. Most reptiles require this.
Mini Activity• Not sure on what to do with this just yet.