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How Much Does a Turtle Cost?

average costMedium: $15-$50high costHigh: $150+
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When selecting a turtle for a pet, the first consideration is its home -- will it be wet or dry? Turtles are mainly aquatic and tortoises live on dry land.

Typical costs:

  • Common aquatic pets include the Eastern Painted turtle[1] which has red and yellow stripes and olive or black shells. Priced around $15, they reach 5-10 inches in length and live between 15-25 years. Red-eared sliders live 30-70 years and cost $7-$18.
  • Dry-land species include the small box turtle which grows 5-6 inches long and runs $30-$75. They regularly live 30-40 years, while some have been known to reach 100. Russian Tortoises cost $75-$95. Young Sulcata tortoises cost $50-$75, and mature to around 2.5 feet in length and up to 110 pounds. On the higher end, the spur thigh tortoise costs about $150 and the Leopard tortoise[2] costs around $250.
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What should be included:
  • A certificate of health.
Additional costs:
  • Aquatic setup: A tank, heater and filtration unit can run $400-$700. Red-eared sliders need a large aquarium filled with water 1 and a half times deeper than the turtle's width. A full-grown slider will need a 55-72-gallon tank for around $100, a UV spotlight for $20-$30, a large flat river rock for about $30, a water heater for $20-$30, a water pump for around $20, an aquatic filter for $20-$50 and aquarium gravel which runs $14 for a 25-pound bag. An aquarium stand designed to keep the turtles up off the floor runs about $50.
  • Dry set up: Dry tanks cost $150-$200 and include a UV light for $20-$30. The Tortoise Trust maintains an online guide to caring for a box turtle[3] . A water dish large (around $10)must be available all the times. Indoor terrariums must be misted daily to maintain humidity.
  • Turtles require a combination of animal protein, vegetables and commercial turtle feed. Typically, turtles are fed 3-4 times a week with some fruits and vegetables at an average cost of $20-$40 a month. Add $25 per year for pellets or 50-cents a day for cat food. Vitamin supplements run about $10 per year. Live food costs around $20 per year.
  • An initial veterinarian check up will cost about $120. Typical annual veterinary visits run $20-$80. Expect to spend $100-$200 for any treatment requiring lab tests.
Shopping for a turtle:
  • helps place turtles and tortoises and provides an onlineadoption application.
  • Turtles may be purchased online[4] at several stores which include overnight shipping.
  • Petsmart sells red-eared sliders. Check the store locator[5] , then call for price and availability.
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Turtle cost
Amount: $72.00
Posted by: kellyb in Sauk Rapids, MN.Posted: November 5th, 2012 06:11PM
Type: Red eard slidersStore: Turtle Shack
I got two turtles shipping was 24 and the turtles was 10. They have a deal 14.99 for three but at the time I wanted to start out with one. A mounth later I bought another one. Totall cost $572. Includes:

basking lamps+ bulbs
live plants
calci supplaments
water treatments
basking dock
filter vet
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Red-eared sliders
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Mikayla in Rice Lake, WI.Posted: May 26th, 2012 08:05AM
Type: Red-eared sliderStore: Pets For You
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I\'ll be getting a turtle soon
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: ilovemikedirnt in Charlestown, RI.Posted: January 14th, 2012 07:01PM
Type: Mississippi MapStore: Petco
They are small and convenient also they are pretty much the only legal size turtle one can own in RI.
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Red-eared sliders
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Posted by: A user in FL in Alachua, FL.Posted: December 5th, 2008 02:12PM
Type: Red-eared slidersStore:
It is my understanding it is against federal regulations to sell red-eared sliders.

"Since 1975, it has been illegal in the United States to sell or distribute turtles with shells that measure less than 4 inches in length."
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