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can i put two baby yellow bellied slider turtles together?

Hi Tia,

You can, if you have plenty of space and a good environment for them.  Keep in mind that the turtles will get big fairly quickly, and you'll need a very large tank for two adult turtles (100+ gallons), or an outdoor pond.  For two hatchlings, I would start with a 50 gallon tank, because that will give them some grow room.  Make sure you have an adequately-sized filter (should be able to handle twice the tank's capacity) and a source of basking heat and UVB (I recommend a ZooMed Powersun.  You will also want to provide a good, varied diet that includes pellets, animal protein, and greens/veggies.

For more information: (this is for RES, but care for YBS is more or less the same)


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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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