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Hello, I recently bought 2 Red Eared Sliders. One is very active but does not eat and the other one eats but it is not active. I bought the not active one 3 days ago and I bought the active one 2 days ago. My not active turtle has been sleeping all day and has not been moving. Whenever I would put it in the pond it would want to go back to shore. He is about 2 inches long. I really love him and I don't want him to die. Please

Hi  Winona,

In order to help, I need to know exactly how you have them set up.  I  need to know the tank size, the type and brand of filter, exact temperatures for the water and basking area, brand of UVB bulb, and complete diet.  Once you post back with the information, I can advise you on what to do.   Please be detailed ,because the problem is probably in how you're keeping them--poor water quality, lack of space, improper temperatures, lack of UVB, etc.  All  correctible, but may require significant changes.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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