My name is Baby Slider!

Turtle - Water for adoption in Baltimore, Maryland - Baby Slider
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Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society

Facts about Baby Slider

  • Species: Turtle - Water
  • Age: Baby
  • Size: Large
  • Sex: Unknown
  • ID#: 15-027
I'm a young aquatic red-eared slider turtle for adoption near Baltimore, MD. For right now I'd be happy with a 20 gallon aquarium, although eventually I'll need at least a 55 gallon aquarium. Please remember that baby turtles grow larger! You won't be able to tell if I'm a boy or girl until my top shell is 4" long. I've been living with a cohort (another slider the same size as me). I can be adopted by myself or with my friend, but keep in mind that adult sliders don't always get along, so we might not be able to be kept together as adults, and sliders don't HAVE to have a friend to be be happy. I eat commercial pellets such as Mazuri, Reptomin, or Omega One, green leafy vegetables, and pieces of sweet potato and squash. I like treats of plain boiled chicken and blueberries, too. My foster mom says I love to investigate everything and everyone.

How did I end up in rescue? I was part of a group of baby turtles being sold illegally in New York City. It's illegal in all states to SELL turtles this small.

Sliders grow to be 6-12" long, and can live 20-50 years. Males stay smaller than females. They can live indoors in large aquariums (at least 55 gallons for a single adult male slider) or, if outside, in FENCED-IN backyard ponds of at least 300 gallons (to allow for hibernation). They eat commercial turtle or koi pellets, and also like aquatic plants, so a slider is not for you if you want to keep expensive water lilies. Some people build underwater plant corrals to protect their lilies while still having aquatic turtles. A slider might take a fish or two, but usually sliders and fish learn to co-exist, especially if you have underwater hiding areas for the fish and/or turtles.

Please review our adoption requirements for aquatic turtles at if interested in adopting a slider. Request an adoption application from

There is NO ADOPTION FEE for sliders, but adopters must explain how they will house and care for the turtle(s). Please include your CITY and STATE when contacting MATTS.

If you are considering an aquatic turtle, you might consider getting the book, Red-Eared Sliders (Animal Planet Pet Care Library) from TFH Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ (2011), available in Petco stores or from

PLEASE HELP OTHER TURTLES by spreading the word - baby turtles grow into big turtles! They do not stay small - they do not grow to the size of their enclosure! Please don't buy hatchling turtles at vacation tourist spots.

Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS helps 100 unwanted or displaced pet turtles, tortoises, and the occasional frog or lizard every year. MATTS accepts tax-deductible donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203, or through PayPal at You can also join MATTS at or visit us on Facebook.


About Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society

About Our Rescue Group...

We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in February, 1997, directed by concerned hobbyists and professionals, who saw a need to reach out to the public and improve the conditions under which captive chelonians are kept and try to protect local species and their habitats. We are a conservation group that also does adoptions as a public service.

We offer an adoptions program to help displaced or unwanted pet turtles and tortoise find new, loving homes. We are licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to find new homes for unwanted and/or unreleasable pet native turtles. The adoptions program is funded strictly by donations. We do not receive any grants or reimbursement from DNR or the government.

Please note, we do not have a central shelter. All turtles are in foster homes. Each year we find homes for over 100 displaced or unwanted pet turtles, tortoises, frogs, and small lizards.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

P.O. Box 22321 Baltimore, MD 21203

Come Meet Our Pets...

We meet three times a year (March, June, October) at the Benjamin Banneker Museum in Catonsville, MD. Visit for dates and directions.
We have a table at the World of Pets Expo in Timonium, MD, every Jaunary, and at the Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show every September. During the year we may have tables at Petco stores, the University of Maryland, and various festivals in Maryland. We do not have a shelter, so all fostering is done in our homes, which is why we meet adopters in central locations such as downtown Baltimore for most Maryland adopters, at the Park & Ride in Catonsville or Columbia for VA adopters, or in Abingdon, MD for Philly/NJ adopters, or near York, PA, for central Pennsylvania adoptions.

Our Adoption Process...

TO REQUEST AN ADOPTION APPLICATION: Applications can be mailed to you, either as an e-mail attachment, or through the US Postal Service.
E-mail to request an application. Complete the application in full. A vet reference is required, even if your vet does not see turtles. If you do not have a vet, please explain the reason.

We need to know that you understand how to care long-term for a turtle or tortoise. This includes the correct size and type of housing, proper food, hiding spots, substrate, lighting, humidity, and water requirements. If you currently own turtles or reptiles, please include a picture of your set-up(s) including lighting, basking spots, hiding spots, and any pertinent information that proves you have proper enclosures. Pictures of outdoor enclosures should indicate that the enclosure is escape-proof and watering areas, hiding spots, and the like should be visible.
If you're looking to add a turtle or tortoise in with another turtle, please include that in the application.

If you do not currently own a reptile, include a full description of how you intend to care for the animal in which you are interested. This includes the size of enclosure, types of food you will offer, substrate (for non-aquatics), what will be used for hide spots, types of lighting for indoor enclosures, fencing for outdoor enclosures, etc. Pictures of outdoor areas that will serve as the site of future enclosures will be helpful.
Once you've been approved, we'll let you know, so you can prepare an enclosure for the turtle, then send a picture of the completed enclosure before picking up the turtle or arranging for shipment.

An adoption contract comes with each turtle. Basically, you agree to care for a turtle or tortoise in a humane manner and maintain it in accordance with the laws and ordinances in the county and state in which you reside. You further agree that you will not sell, trade, release, or give away said animal in any way without the written permission of MATTS. If you cannot care for the animal for any reason, it may be returned to MATTS. MATTS reserves the right to approve the transfer of adopted turtles to another individual or organization - you don't have to return it to us if you can't keep it, but we'd like to know where it goes if you don't keep it.