hello my name is Kevin and i need some help i have 3 turtles and 1 is a box turtle and the others is a yellow belly turtles and i need some help buying a  turtle kit CAN U PLEASE HELP ME.

Hi Kevin,

I need a lot more information to help you, but I can tell you two things right off the bat.  One is that you cannot house a box turtle with your other turtles; the other is that if you have two yellow-bellied sliders, you are going to need a very large tank.  If your sliders are hatchlings, you can get away with about a 30 gallon tank for a year, but you will eventually need about a 150 gallon tank to house both of them.  

Turtle kits are a waste of money.  The tanks are much too small, the filters aren't adequate, and they don't usually have decent UVB.  If you can post back and tell me how old/big your sliders are, I can help you.  Same with the box turtle--size/age.  Box turtles should be housed in roomy outdoor enclosures, but if you have to keep yours indoors, you will need a large enclosure with appropriate substrate, basking area, and UVB.  I'd be happy to help as soon as I have more information.


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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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