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How Much Does a Turtle Cost?

 
average costMedium: $15-$50high costHigh: $150+

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:
  • TurtleHomes.org 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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pet redeared slider turtle
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Posted by: sterling kemp in baldwin, NY.Posted: September 12th, 2019 06:09AM
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Golden thread turtles
Amount: $195.00
Posted by: Josh the bear in Medicine Hat, CA.Posted: December 7th, 2017 07:12PM
Type: Golden thread turtleStore: Chaotic Xotics
Males can grow to be 10 inches and females 12 inches. They are friendly once they get to know you and in canada it doesnt matter how big they are
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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:

turtles
basking lamps+ bulbs
tank
heater
live plants
food
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."
from:
www.cdc.gov/Features/TurtlesSalmonella/
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External Resources:
  1.  pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/photos/cape_cod_II/pages/Eastern%20Painted%20turtle.htm
  2.  ww2.wnyherp.org/care-sheets/turtles/leopard-tortoise.php
  3.  www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/avoidbox.html
  4.  www.kritterhut.com/shop/product_info.php/products_id/40
  5.  stores.petsmart.com/
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