Yellow eared from Florida. When we got them from the pet shop a couple drove up to Iowa with them and their place where they are living now decided that they couldn't have pets. So we got them with everything for like 30 bucks! but now that's its been a few years with them now in the pond in the summer and inside in a huge tank for the winter they have gotten so big And actually I couldn't tell ya whether they are a girl or a boy
It's female, you can tell from the length of the claws on the front legs. Males have very long claws on the front legs that they use for mating displays. My wife and I have a male red-eared that we found in my parent's driveway. We think he escaped from a neighbor's pond, or some negligent asshole let him go, but we found the poor guy by accidentally running over his left shoulder. He's fine now, just has a slight displacement in his shell that's all but impossible to see anymore, but we rushed him to the vet as soon as we saw him and came to find out he'd been severely dehydrated and would've died within a day or two had we not noticed him.
awe that's too bad for that little guy There is a creak around my area where I seem to see turtles everywhere and a lot of people including myself making sure that they get across to the other side of the road safely. there should be a tunnel or something where they can go and have the road kind of caged off so they don't get on the road, but they will find their way back on the road at some point I guess. lol
Thank you for that awesome information!! I would have never known!
That definitely seems like a bittersweet thing to see. It's cool to know they've been able to adapt to living outside fairly easily, but at the same time it is unfortunate that they're in such a place that leaves them at risk of being hit by cars and that they'd likely be considered an invasive species. Still, it's amazing the kinds of things they can survive. They really are like nature's little tanks, haha. The vet my wife and I took Jack (our red-ear) to had actually told us of plenty of cases in which she'd seen small turtles who were attacked and dropped by hawks or had forelimbs torn off by raccoons that still went on to live the full 50-60 years they tend to average. They really are a lot tougher than people tend to think.