Mud Turtle Questions

Discussion in 'Our Other Pets' started by UglyAsian, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    I was wondering if it was possible to put a red ear slider in a bathtub. The bathtub is about 4 feet by 20 inches, and is round. I thought it would be cool if I could watch a turtle everytime i was in the shower.(Seperate box, not connected.

  2. GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    My son had a friend who kept a few in a bath tub when they were younger.

  3. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    Wouldn’t you need a uva/uvb basking light? And then I’d be too paranoid about electrocution.

    Also, turtles are very messy, and they can smell. I personally wouldn’t want to shower near one.

  4. wodesorelWell Known MemberMember

    Keep in mind they get to a foot long when grown and require a 120 gallon tank. Most bathtubs hold only 40 gallons and are much too shallow as they guys need to be able to swim.

    They also need to be able to fully emerge from the water in a location with heat and UVB so they can digest properly and not develop metabolic bone disease. Being able to get out of the water completely is important or they can get shell rot.

    Cleaning products in a bathroom may be an issue as well, especially anything harsh.

    Also, my turtles do not smell and their water stays crystal clear, but I have serious filtration on them and do massive water changes weekly. The stinky nasty looking turtle tanks that most people think about (myself included) is bad husbandry!
  5. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    So, I actually was thinking about a egg crate dock and lighting.
  6. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    So I am going to have an empty 20 long and thought it would be cool to get a turtle! So after research, I decided on muddies because they are small and are hardy. So, could someone maybe give me some tips, and tell me if something on my list is missing.
    20 long tank
    250 gph filter(Submersible)
    Heat lamp (Going to get uvb bulb)
    Turtle food
    A custom made dock
  7. BReefer97Well Known MemberMember

    If you have a spare bathtub that you don’t use, go for it. If not, definitely don’t do this. You would have to tear down their set up and restart any time you wanted to take a shower/bath. You would have to scrub everything in between because of soap residue build up.
  8. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    I love the small mud turtles! Are you using sand? You’ve got to post pics when you get everything set up. Is there any way you could get a thirty long tank?
  9. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    No. I am doing bare bottom cuz it is super easy to clean.
  10. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, it is completely unused. I used it about once in the last 5 or so years. We have a big house. (4 bathrooms) BTW, this might noot be permanent. I am planning a pond 125-250 gallons
  11. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    But mud turtles need a substrate to burrow into.
  12. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Oh. Ok, I will make sure to give it some sand. I didn't know that. Will black sand be okay? And how much?
  13. BReefer97Well Known MemberMember

    Sounds like a plan! Just make sure when you build a pond for the turtle that you make a pen around it (so it doesn’t escape) and there’s land areas for it and not just the pond itself. Some planks of wood around it works perfectly as turtles can’t climb them. I would also make sure the turtle as adequate space to bury itself during the winter months.
  14. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Enough for the turtle to burrow into. And black will be great.
  15. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Ok. Will 2-3 inches be enough? They only get to 3-4 inches.
  16. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, I was going to make a small fence. I will take the turtle in in the winter.
  17. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Also, I have a basking rock in there, taking up around 3-4 inches of space. Should I take it out? I researched, and I read that they almost never bask.
  18. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    I also read that they should not hibernate in captivity? Is that right? If so, how should I prevent it. Thanks
  19. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes they need a basking light and perch. Just because they don’t hang out on it doesn’t mean they won’t use it. Keep the temp the same in its tank. At least three inches of sand. Unless they get winter cold, they won’t know it’s winter.
  20. UglyAsianWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, thanks. So this will basically be the setup.
    Tank with 3 inches of sand, filter, basking spot and lamp.
    Thanks for the help!

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