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The Turtle

by Leonard Rego

What comes to mind when you think of a pet? A dog? A cat? A canary or hamster, perhaps? But have you ever considered keeping a turtle as a pet? These lovable water dwellers are as cute as a button (especially when they're only a few days old!), and it's a delight to watch them paddling frantically to the surface of their feeding tanks, when you throw in a morsel of food.

The Red-Eared Slider is the most common turtle species that people keep as pets, and you'll find one easily at any good pet store. These aquatic types are also called terrapins. The top of the shell of this turtle is smooth and gently curved, and varies in colour from olive green to black, with smudgy yellow stripes and bars. It gets its name from the red patch right behind its eye.

Red Eared Slider Turtle

  1. Before you buy your turtle
  2. Choosing your pet
  3. Care and feeding
  4. A name for your turtle
  5. Turtle Trivia


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