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Facts about Benny and Jet RES

  • Species: Turtle - Water
  • Age: Baby
  • Size: Large
  • Sex: Unknown
  • ID#: 11-038

My name is Benny and Jet RES!

Turtle - Water for adoption in Baltimore, Maryland - Benny and Jet RES
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Benny and Jet RES's Info...

Benny and Jet RES's Story...
Benny and Jet are juvenile aquatic red-eared slider turtles currently in the Balitmore aera. They can be adopted together or seperately. For now, a 20 gallon "long" aquarium or large Rubbermaid tote would be good for them, but in a year or so they'll need a larger tank. Eventually they'll each need at least a 55 gallon aquarium, or larger if kept together. We can't tell if they're male or female because they're too small. Once they reach about 4" in shell length, we should be able to tell. Keep in mind that adult sliders don't always get along, so they might not be able to be kept together as adults.

Maryland residents must have a DNR permit to keep a turtle under 4", but the permit is easy to get and costs only $25 a year. Once the turtles are 4", you won't have to renew the permit.

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.

Request an adoption application from matts_adoptions@hotmail.com
There is NO ADOPTION FEE, but adopters must explain how they will house and care for the turtle(s)

Please include your city and state when contacting MATTS.

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 accepts tax-deductable donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203. We placed over 100 unwanted, abandoned, and displaced turtles in 2008!

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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 www.matts-turtles.org 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 matts_adoptions@hotmail.com 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.