Today there are still many Red Eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans sold. I would estimate that 30% of those being sold to new keepers are actually given the proper information to care for them and that’s being generous. This doesn’t take into account the number that are “found” in the wild and adopted by persons with no knowledge of how provide proper care.
Whether you yourself purchased the turtle or found it I’m here to tell you one thing. If you plan to keep it you’re in for an expensive and long process to keep it healthy. Aquatic turtles are one of the most expensive reptile pets to own when compared with other species. It doesn’t matter if you get them as babies which as I said earlier are illegal in the United States or as adults they require a minimum of a 30 gallon aquarium that will be filled halfway with water; a 50 gallon aquarium would be best.
You must also provide a source of ultraviolet light, basking spot and heated water. Beneath the basking spot you will also need a float of some kind where the turtle can haul itself out completely. A strong filtration device is also needed as aquatic turtles produce a significant amount of waste material. For all of the elements mentioned above there are numerous choices of manufacturers all of which claim to be the best. You’re looking at about $200 to $300 dollars to keep a Red Eared Slider Turtle Trachemys scripta elegans at the initial outset for housing, filters, lighting, etc. Still want to own one?