Adventures With Red Eared Slider Turtles

About 6 years ago I had the opportunity to acquire 2 male Albino RES turtles. I wasn’t able to find any females, so I got 2 regular females in an attempt to create my own strain of albino. I also knew this was going to be a really long and slow process. About 2-3 years ago I did find a female albino who was not quite a year old. Finally last summer (2015) I did have several batches of eggs laid, and was able to hatch about 13 young turtles. These all had regular coloring, but all carried one copy of the albino gene. I knew these were from the regular females and the albino males because that’s all I had (the albino female was still too young last year). This spring they started laying eggs again, and I’ve got more than 40 eggs. The big surprise is that I’m pretty sure one small batch is from the albino female. My fish room hasn’t been as warm as last year, so the eggs are taking longer that last year. If I’m successful, I may have albinos in the next month. It looks like my viability this year is something less than 50%. I’m going to have to improve that if I’m going to consider raising albinos. This weekend I’ll probably bring last years hatchlings inside, and try to sex them. If I can, I’ll keep several females, and I’ll sell my regular colored adult females. Then I’ll know that all the turtles I hatch next year will be albinos or carry the albino gene. I’ll also try to sell most of the males that carry the albino gene. Be advised – don’t try this if you don’t have a lot of patience.

By Denny | September 2, 2016 @ 7:14 pm | No comments

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