Red-eared turtles are very common sea turtles both in nature and in captivity. They live mostly in water, but since they are cold-blooded, they do come out to sunbathe to regulate their temperature. They live in a variety of habitats – from mud pits to ponds, streams, lakes and large rivers. Red-eared sliders are native to the southern United States, although they are popular around the world because of their huge popularity as pets.
Considered to be the most prolific sea turtle in the world, this turtle is often sold to people as larvae. They are likely to be dumped into the wild in any other turtle species on Earth, both in and out of their native habitat.
Red-eared skate rays sometimes exhibit fluttering paw movements, usually as a courtship ritual or “mating dance.” Most, but not exclusively, males exhibit this behavior, so you can’t necessarily use this behavior to distinguish males from females. When some male turtles try to attract females to mate, they approach them underwater, and the turtles will then face the other and wiggle or vibrate her front paws around the female’s head.When the female turtles see this and accept the invitation, they drop to the bottom. At this point, the pair is ready to mate and fertilize. However, if the female is put off by all the fluttering, she may respond positively. Mating takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but turtles can spend another 45 minutes before flapping and courting.
Occasionally, young red-eared sliders will shake their claws in an attempt to woo, even if they are not ready to mate. The tortoise cannot breed successfully until he is mature, but he can practice his claw flutter to be ready when the time comes.
Instead of flapping, some turtles take a more gentle approach, gently stroking the female’s face with their paws instead of shaking. The male’s claws are exceptionally long (and significantly longer than the female’s), making them ideal for this particular kind of caress.
However, performing this courtship ritual does not necessarily mean that mating will occur, and it is sometimes considered more of a display of dominance or territorial behavior. Male tortoises sometimes wave their front paws in front of other males to express their higher social status. This usually heralds an imminent physical fight, during which the turtles may bite each other with their beaks, as they have no teeth.
If you suspect your pet is sick, call your veterinarian right away. For health-related questions, be sure to consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know your pet’s health history, and can provide the best advice for your pet.