|Tessa the Red Eared Slider|
Tessa is a Red Eared Slider. RES are NOT native wildlife. They are the type of turtles often seen in pet stores and they used to be sold by the dozen to people who thought they'd make great pets for their young children.
Tessa was 'rescued' 17 years ago from a parent who's child was bored with their 'pet'. The parent was planning to dump Tessa in a local creek.
Unfortunately a lot of the RES sold in pet stores end up in a creek somewhere. They are hardy, so they do often survive. The also reproduce and compete with our native turtles for habitat. That is never a good thing. Our native turtles are already having a rough time and having to compete with a feral species is not helping matters.
Getting a turtle is a huge commitment. They live a longtime. They are not easy to keep and maintaining their tanks is a lot of work. They also grow and soon will need an expensive bigger tank. They are not cuddly and most children will get bored with them very quickly.
|One of our turtle tanks (72 gallon)|
|Tank for our Snapping Turtle Jim (240 gallon)|
Next time you see us out and about come and say HI to us, Tessa and our other turtles.