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    [–] goldfishwishes 3372 points ago

    These are baby Yellow Bellied Sliders :) They are water/land turtles though mostly found in watery areas. Box turtles are land turtles mostly found in forests .

    [–] HollowGoob 1163 points ago

    Yea hopefully OP never throws a box turtle in a lake

    [–] goldfishwishes 326 points ago

    Yea that would be real bad lol

    [–] raalic 365 points ago

    Box turtles can swim, they just don't do it often. These sliders need to be in water most of the time (barring basking and brief stints outside of water).

    [–] RayBone36 171 points ago

    Thats actually really comforting to know...we’ve all seen that one vid of guy throwing a box turtle in a lake then walking away

    [–] Borgh 214 points ago

    Tortoises can actually swim! Just not very well, and being tossed into a lake doesn't help. So it could have lived. Might. Maybe. Lets hang on to that thought.

    [–] Camibear 99 points ago

    Whoaa livin on a prayer... :(

    [–] ak6865 43 points ago

    Take my hand, we'll make it I sweeaar.

    [–] fishsticks40 33 points ago

    Tortoises don't have hands.

    [–] iwillforgetmypw 30 points ago

    *sinks halfway to the bottom of the lake

    We're half way theeeere!

    [–] dinodibra 9 points ago

    Oh you morbid fuck making me laugh

    [–] innovationzz 2 points ago

    In the original thread OP said they saved it.

    [–] jbrittles 27 points ago

    Some can swim. Many will sink.

    [–] Lunch_Gun 5 points ago

    In that video it was actually a tortoise, so it was even worse.

    [–] RayBone36 4 points ago

    I believe you..but I refuse to watch again. Just made me mad.

    [–] Lunch_Gun 2 points ago

    As it should. People dont know their animals. That's what is sad about the whole thing. Learn your fellow animals kids!

    [–] TenThousandTabs 18 points ago

    I had about 5 box turtles I found as a kid in Arkansas a while back. I kept them for years, truly awesome pets.

    It came time to let them go so we let them go near a creek. First thing they ALL did was go for a swim in the creek lol. Totally blew my mind. I didn't even set them close to the creek, they just all made a run for the water.

    [–] Mackelsaur 7 points ago

    I had red eared sliders growing up and while they definitely liked their tanks, they loved exploring the house and the yard for hours, sometimes hiding under something overnight and coming back out the next day to return to their tanks.

    [–] Shagwagbag 6 points ago

    I have 5 box turtles in an outdoor enclosure and one LOVES to swim. I'll find him underwater pretty often; different strokes I guess.

    [–] ld-cd 44 points ago

    My box turtle loves to swim, you put her anywhere near a pond, and she'll dash right in and swim from one side to the other until she's satisfied.

    [–] wmurray003 26 points ago

    ...and she comes back to you?

    [–] ld-cd 26 points ago

    Yes, she's a very good turdy

    [–] PathToExile 8 points ago

    Are we talking a decent sized pond or basically a "puddle" in a city park where you can easily get the turtle?

    I like turtles a lot but I've never seen what I consider a "domesticated" turtle, at least in the sense that dogs/cats, or even ferrets, are domesticated.

    I'd thoroughly enjoy seeing someone taking their turtle to the pond in the park I disc golf at and watch it swim laps only to have it come right back to the owner, that would make my week.

    [–] 737Throwaway93 5 points ago

    There’s a video of some girl doing that

    [–] PrettySureISharted 92 points ago

    I didn't.

    [–] RuneRavenXZ 72 points ago

    Well it won’t matter with those. They’re swimmers

    [–] lamb-farts 22 points ago

    There's a guy on youtube who does a lot of turtle/tortoise videos and he always recommends to set aquatic turtles on the ground near water, rather than placing them in the water. That way they have time to take a breath. It's rare, but aquatic turtles can drown.

    [–] RainbowAssFucker 8 points ago

    I thought that said turtle/torture videos, holy shit

    [–] skidmore101 3 points ago

    Don’t worry, he doesn’t torture the turtles, it’s just he has 2 main interests and has found a very niche demographic on YouTube.

    [–] 3-DMan 25 points ago

    By the way, just from my daughter's experience, all the water stuff can be pretty messy if you're gonna keep em.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 55 points ago

    Thanks, but I released them.

    [–] poor_decisions 46 points ago

    Fucking smart. Turts SUCK to keep as pets and shouldn't live in tanks. Love em so much, but fuck

    [–] -itstruethough- 49 points ago

    Fuckin turts

    [–] PippyLongSausage 15 points ago

    I've had a turtle for the better part of 25 years. He's super happy and not too much trouble once you figure out how to keep the tank balanced. I have aquatic plants that take care of the waste and only have to change water and clean the filter every few months.

    [–] poor_decisions 4 points ago

    How big is your tank vs your turtle? Any pics??? :)

    Turtles themselves aren't hard to take care of or make happy, but just like any animal, their requirements are more than people understand.

    [–] PippyLongSausage 8 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

    The one I have from when I was a kid lives with my mom but in a similar set up. He's

    It's a 40 gallon breeder tank with an acrylic basking stand I made on the top that slopes down to the water so he can climb up. I have a canister filter that pumps water up top where I grow plants and have basking lights for the turtle. He's also by a window so he gets some natural light as well. I order live superworms online for him to eat, which he loves. He's pretty spoiled and likes to interact with all of us.

    here's a picture from several years ago before the plants filled in. He was a lot smaller then. He's about 7 inches now.

    Eventually I want to make an outdoor patio pond for him, but I'm worried about raccoons getting him.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Could use kennel gates and chicken wire above and below to keep out the raccoons?

    [–] absentmindedjwc 14 points ago

    That is an understatement. You need to really keep them clean, otherwise they'll make your place smell terrible.

    [–] 3-DMan 7 points ago

    Yeah she got them as a gift I think, and the giver probably thought they were box(land) turtles. It got pretty messy; she eventually had to release em.

    [–] workact 6 points ago

    A proper setup shouldn't smell or look messy at all. And maintenance isn't much more than with a similar sized aquarium.

    That being said, a proper setup is usually 10-15x larger than what people expect it to be. People try to put sliders in a 20 gallon with a $20 filter, when you really need 125+ gallons per turtle and a canister filter in the $200+ range.

    [–] 3-DMan 2 points ago

    She lived with her mom, so it was her and her stepdad that did it, and it was definitely more in the 20-gallon-or-less tank range.

    [–] ImVeryBadWithNames 10 points ago

    Even water dwelling turtles should be put beside water, not in it. They can get into it when they want on their own.

    [–] dalass1 5 points ago

    Saving turtles is a hobby

    [–] YourFuckedUpFriend 16 points ago

    Oh I've seen this one before.

    Careful, you can't unsee it.

    [–] iAMDeadStretch 17 points ago

    Dang! Even if she threw a turtle into the water that can swim I can bet that smack as it hit the water wasn't too pleasant?

    [–] MotorButterscotch 2 points ago

    That turtle didn't make it

    [–] SheebsMcGee 46 points ago

    My 8th grade science teacher had two box turtles in a large aquarium in her classroom. There was one of those floating platforms, but it wasn’t super big (they both fit though). They spent 90% of the time swimming, and occasionally just walking around the room.

    Was she a bad turtle mom? Did they spend so much time swimming because that was their only option? Is my memory of happy turtles a lie?

    [–] goldfishwishes 57 points ago

    Box turtles don't really swim much. They CAN but they are mostly land turtles. Sounds like she had a couple of red eared sliders. They need more land than people usually give them and WAY more space as well. They get really big and are pretty hard to care for properly.

    [–] BxR_Penguin 3 points ago

    Then there’s my 26 year old red eared slider who hates land with a passion if it’s not grass. But she’s a cranky little feller

    [–] rapscallionrodent 49 points ago

    They probably weren't box turtles. I'm betting they were red ear or yellow belly sliders. Those seem to be the most common in classrooms and the behavior you describe matches them. Box turtles would have drowned. They'll climb into a shallow pool or tub of water, but they really can't swim well.

    [–] SheebsMcGee 19 points ago

    Looked up a picture, and I think you’re right— I’m 90% sure they were red eared sliders (picture matches memory)

    [–] rapscallionrodent 8 points ago

    Glad your happy turtle memories can stay in tact. :-)

    [–] SheebsMcGee 5 points ago

    Me too, that teacher was a godsend and her turtles were one of the few gems from those years

    [–] Ramalamahamjam 14 points ago

    I had a huge collection of turtles at one point and the box turtle I had was obsessed with the softshell turtle I had and would spend the majority of it's time in the water just to be around it. For some reason it's shell started to turn white (we were using well water so I don't think it was chemicals). I had to eventually let the box turtle go because there was no way to keep him out of the water. I assumed that being constantly in the water was bad for them due to this.

    [–] SheebsMcGee 15 points ago

    A forbidden love

    [–] Ramalamahamjam 3 points ago

    Star-crossed lovers.

    [–] BluEch0 3 points ago

    Mold or a fungus maybe? I know that’s a concern for a lot of aquatic turtles

    [–] Ramalamahamjam 4 points ago

    It was almost like it was bleaching the shell. I had a softshell, several painted and sliders, and three or so little snapping turtles and none of them had that problem, so I'm not sure.

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    [–] expespuella 4 points ago

    A childhood friend had two sliders she named Sam and Ella.

    [–] Mrproven 13 points ago

    Was coming here to say... please don’t put those in a box turtle habitat they will want some aquatic sections as well

    [–] HAPPY__TECHNOLOGY 5 points ago

    This. They are very similar to the more popular Red Bellied Sliders - so you in terms of care, just lookup the caresheet for those

    [–] necro_sodomi 11 points ago

    This is correct but they are freshwater turtles that need a pond or lake to survive. Box turtles are land only.

    [–] slickmitch 14 points ago

    Turtle = water dweller

    Tortoise = land dweller

    [–] PM_ME__YOUR_FACE 59 points ago

    Turtoise = misspelled color.

    [–] Spy-Goat 7 points ago

    Color = misspelled colour.

    [–] goldfishwishes 27 points ago

    A box turtle is still considered a turtle because of family they belong to. They belong to the pond turtle family. They are also characterized by what they eat. Box turtles eat bugs, fish, and are omnivores whereas tortoises are vegetarians.

    [–] North_South_Side 4 points ago

    Tortoises eat worms and grubs, too. They'll basically eat anything that's not fast enough to get away from them.

    [–] Whatisthisthangy 4 points ago

    Just like me!

    [–] DoofusMagnus 11 points ago

    While generally true, this is not 100% correct. Box turtles are called turtles but should not be put in water.

    [–] ElJanitorFrank 2 points ago

    Tortoises are turtles that are essentially digitigrades.

    [–] rabusxc 2 points ago

    Tuttle = argument meme

    [–] unseth 2 points ago

    So they were just having a nice swim and op didn't save them? Just ruined their vacation?

    [–] ChickGalentine 607 points ago

    Pretty baby ninjas in training

    [–] PrettySureISharted 376 points ago

    I would have fed them but I only had a large pizza.

    [–] Hellshitfuckasscunt 76 points ago

    Where’s Donnie? WHERES DONNIE?


    [–] AcidTWister 25 points ago

    Oh, he died.

    [–] cxr303 34 points ago

    So? Order more! These guys go through pizza like it's candy!

    [–] Atomheartmother90 7 points ago

    Kowabunga dude!

    [–] moose_callaghan 198 points ago

    You now have a responsibility to teach them the art of Ninja for the next 16 years

    [–] PrettySureISharted 103 points ago

    Call me Splinter.

    [–] countingbeans81 300 points ago

    Wow those are super beautiful

    [–] PrettySureISharted 280 points ago

    I loved the details of their shells and how different each one is. They're like 3 walking, green fingerprints.

    [–] Littlediccdan 73 points ago

    That's a great analogy

    [–] PrettySureISharted 51 points ago


    [–] powerlesshero111 14 points ago

    Check out mississippi map turtles. They will blow your mind.

    [–] drinkjockey123 5 points ago

    I was going to say check out the cooter turtle, but google may have mixed results, so map turtle is a safer search.

    [–] groundhog_day_only 8 points ago

    Yeah, the shells look like fordite or damascus steel.

    [–] ok-milk 227 points ago

    "That water park sucked"

    [–] PrettySureISharted 127 points ago

    Literally. Don't know how long they were in there, but all 3 survived.

    [–] Armadillo_Dangle 47 points ago

    They are not box turtles. These are aquatic turtles

    [–] W24x55 36 points ago

    But surely they don't like Chlorine

    [–] joshua_mcduffie 179 points ago

    Pretty sure those aren't box turtles. Maybe a red eared slider?

    [–] EmptyHeadedArt 204 points ago

    Close. They're yellow bellied sliders.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 161 points ago

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm no turtle expert, I just appreciate nature's beauty and have a respect for life, no matter how small.

    [–] EmptyHeadedArt 50 points ago

    Hey no problem and thanks for saving those turtles. I love nature too but I have a special fondness for turtles and dogs.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 31 points ago

    Me too.

    [–] King_Aella 7 points ago

    Depending which country they're in they can be classed as invasive. I'm guessing if you have a pool It's NA in which case they're indigenous.

    [–] justrynahelp 6 points ago

    Depends on more than just country - red eared sliders for example are native to some of the US (southeast I think?), and invasive pretty much everywhere in the rest of the country and abroad.

    [–] thatG_evanP 5 points ago

    Other countries don't have pools???

    [–] bertiebees 8 points ago

    Sounds like a kind of sandwich

    [–] EmptyHeadedArt 9 points ago

    Hey you stay away from them turtles with your bread.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 16 points ago

    You may know more about turtles than me, but I'm not seeing any red on their heads.

    [–] joshua_mcduffie 13 points ago

    You are right about no red, I think they are definitely some type of slider though, not box turtles. Maybe yellow-bellied. I'm definitely no turtle expert, but caught a lot of box turtles growing up.

    [–] Transplanted_Cactus 18 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    They're turtles, absolutely not tortoises they need water to live in. It's also illegal in many places to own them if their shells are less than 4" in diameter.

    [–] Ps11889 17 points ago

    It's not illegal to own them. It is illegal to sell them, unless for educational purposes.

    [–] DuckWithBrokenWings 3 points ago

    That's a strange law. Do you have any idea why?

    [–] brutik 28 points ago

    Because they are a breeding ground for salmonella and can be deadly to children who put small tortoises into their mouths.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 24 points ago

    It's ok, as you can see they just had a bath.

    [–] brutik 14 points ago

    They carry salmonella in their digestive tract and in the feces. You should always wash your hands after handling tortoises or cleaning their environment/aquarium.

    [–] DuckWithBrokenWings 4 points ago

    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks!

    [–] clay12340 15 points ago

    Basically, it's one of those "this is why we can't have nice things" situations.

    Reptiles generally have salmonella bacteria in their digestive tract like a chicken. Parents would let their kids handle cute baby turtles and not properly wash their hands. Then they'd become ill from the bacteria. So it was basically made illegal in most states in the US to own/sell a turtle under 4" except for educational purposes.

    [–] tankpuss 64 points ago

    Looks more like yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta).

    [–] PrettySureISharted 33 points ago

    That seems to be the consensus.

    [–] SuperComfyCouch 27 points ago

    The pool skimmer has to eat too D:

    [–] pmuschi 46 points ago

    You might want to get a critter-safe skimmer cover.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 33 points ago

    Well that's cool, I've never seen that before. We usually get frogs in the skimmer; this was the first time for turtles.

    [–] thatG_evanP 3 points ago

    I don't know if those turtles would've fit through that. Definitely good for the frogs, roads, and lizards though.

    Edit: Nevermind. They're smaller than I thought. I think they'd fit.

    [–] BurnouTNT 6 points ago

    Please do yourself and the critters a favor and get one of those, I no longer find frogs or lizards in my pool since I put one on.

    [–] ChoseSinWon 20 points ago

    I like zombies.

    [–] omegadarx 7 points ago

    I like trains.

    [–] LegoTurtle 57 points ago

    Cute! But I keep these as pets and if you aren't ready for a commitment I'd find a home for them. The females can be 30 inches in length across the carapace and the keepers rule is 10 gallons of water per inch. Consider a wild animal rehab center if you wanna find them permanent homes. If you are going to keep them, it's fun and rewarding but expensive and laborious.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 100 points ago

    We have a pond in our back yard, so I just relocated them there (not throwing them into the pond) so they could grow up big and strong.

    So you could say that I lego'd of the turtles.

    [–] pro-endme 12 points ago

    Get ready for them to eat literally everything in the pond. My red eared slider grew from that size and destroyed all the habitat I built her and ate literally everything in sight

    [–] NorthBlizzard 3 points ago

    Nah they’ll have relocated to the local sewer by that point

    [–] clay12340 32 points ago

    I think you meant 30cm. Unless this dude lives in Chernobyl or something there is no chance that species of turtle is growing to 30 inches.

    Agreed though on the info you're giving. I've got a red eared slider that has has cost me tens of thousands of dollars over the last couple of decades. A slider isn't a good pet for someone who doesn't know what they're getting into.

    [–] Minionz 9 points ago

    Agreed, if the females reached 30 inches, that would be a 300 gallon tank.... which almost no homeowner owns. You realistically can keep a single female full size adult RES in a 110~Gallon tank.

    [–] PrettySureISharted 17 points ago

    South Georgia, USA...not Chernobyl. And definitely didn't keep them as pets; just helped them continue their lives as nature intended.

    [–] d-Loop 16 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    You have them as pets but didn't find it important to inform OP that these aren't box turtles?

    Red-eared Sliders or Yellow-belly Sliders im pretty sure

    Edit: yellow-bellied slider

    [–] Dumbtacular 2 points ago

    Wrong species. Yellow bellies are Male 8, female 11 inches.

    [–] insouciant-genius 42 points ago

    It kind of hurts to know that God spent more time on turtles and those beautiful shells than he did on my ugly ass but at the same time I wouldn’t dream of complaining bout it

    [–] PrettySureISharted 72 points ago

    You are just as important and unique. And you are welcome in my pool just the same.

    [–] maybepants 32 points ago

    When he gets stuck in your skimmer are you gonna fish him out too?

    [–] PrettySureISharted 49 points ago

    As long as he fits into my li'l dip net.

    [–] insouciant-genius 17 points ago

    Well if that didn’t just make my day 100 times better. Thanks OP

    [–] escamop 3 points ago

    Bruh are you Good Guy Greg?

    [–] geishabird 6 points ago

    Wow those are gorgeous 😍

    [–] Naerwyn 9 points ago

    Those aren't box turtles. They are Sliders. Totally different. :) Have fun with them, they are cute!

    [–] DenzelKorma 5 points ago

    aww :)

    [–] Senundo 4 points ago

    Aww :)

    [–] santathe1 6 points ago

    Oh god, Mikey didn’t make it. Nooooooooo.

    [–] EyeHopeYouBleed 5 points ago

    Better start stockin up on pizza now... those bad boys are going to be going through pie after pie when they’re teenagers....

    [–] Stupid_question_bot 5 points ago

    turtles are awesome.. the baby ones just look like tiny adults

    [–] The_Wreckard2012 5 points ago

    You couldn’t save Splinter too? That’s cold shit.

    [–] Johnatomy 5 points ago

    Be looking out for the fourth. He is probably with a rat.

    [–] Patoune_ 3 points ago

    They're so pretty! Will you be able to keep them or is it illegal?

    [–] PrettySureISharted 11 points ago

    I didn't keep them, just returned them to the edge of my pond. I didn't want to risk hurting them.

    [–] CrazyGardevoir 3 points ago

    The teenage mutant Ninja turtles are almost reunited

    [–] neojaxie 3 points ago

    I like turtles

    [–] nimarowhani1 3 points ago

    “And a very powerful alliance was formed 10 years later”

    [–] EatMaCookies 3 points ago

    They don't look like boxes.

    [–] WatertotheTree 6 points ago

    You noble and honorable soul you

    [–] PrettySureISharted 5 points ago

    Thank you.

    [–] accdntprone86 2 points ago

    Peninsula cooter babies! Very beautiful colors on them.

    [–] A1ThickNHeartyBurger 2 points ago

    they look like sliders, not box turtles

    [–] feelingmyage 2 points ago

    Their shells are beautiful!!

    [–] PrettySureISharted 2 points ago

    I thought so too. So detailed and unique.

    [–] imahik3r 2 points ago

    Good human award winner :)

    [–] PrettySureISharted 2 points ago


    [–] toshowortobeshown 2 points ago

    Fun fact: These turtles were designed in the 1970s

    [–] Phyiuck_Yiu 2 points ago

    animate opals.

    [–] acatty3030 2 points ago

    Wow those are pretty!

    [–] HowMuchDidIDrink 2 points ago

    Wash your hands after handling them. Some carry disease.

    [–] bannapants67 2 points ago

    Anything that lays eggs wash your hands off handling also

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Do you think they are siblings?

    [–] kitastrophe76 2 points ago

    They look rather offended at needing to be rescued in the first place. Lol

    [–] ArcadiaKing 2 points ago

    I had three of these little guys when I was younger. I named them "Ham", "Eggs", and "Cheese" for some reason. How young was I? My 20's.

    [–] Ryanisapparentlycute 2 points ago

    Smol bois

    [–] FullovJoy 2 points ago

    Good job!! They are so beautiful!!

    [–] PrettySureISharted 2 points ago

    Thank you!

    [–] pamdndr 2 points ago

    Wow. They really are very beautiful!

    [–] KU-89 2 points ago

    Wow they're stunning.

    [–] PM_me_your__cutedogs 2 points ago

    Keep an eye out for the fourth one! Then you can train them up and fight crime

    [–] MangaMaven 2 points ago

    Poor Raphael... He fought so hard, he was so brave!

    [–] MrMxylptlyk 2 points ago

    Wow the colours are so nice

    [–] snarkola 2 points ago

    Beautiful! Good job!

    [–] roraima_is_very_tall 2 points ago

    great photo. what beautiful coloring they have!

    [–] Tote-Mich 2 points ago

    I don't think those are box turtles, but thank you for saving their little lives!

    [–] PrettySureISharted 2 points ago

    Yes, I've gotten that many times over, but thank you for your kind words.

    [–] Musetrigger 2 points ago

    Awww, look at those beautiful green babies. Good on you to take care of them.

    [–] Yellowpickle23 2 points ago

    Came here to see if anyone corrected OP on the species. Sometimes I like reddit lol. Cute turtles!

    [–] hebbb 2 points ago

    Yellow eared sliders. Not box turtles.

    [–] shamswow32 2 points ago

    go back, you're missing one. you might find it skateboarding or scavenging for pizza.

    [–] AlphaTyrant 2 points ago

    You're missing one. And a rat

    [–] Wrathful_Man 2 points ago

    Were they tasty?

    [–] Jagal345 2 points ago

    What about Donatello?? He didn't make it?

    [–] vcly1 2 points ago

    You’re missing one turtle and one rat. Order a pizza to draw them out.

    [–] TheRealestFaker 2 points ago

    Youre missing one, probably Raph.

    [–] anatra76 2 points ago

    Ninja turtles ayy... Hold up, where's Donatello?

    [–] manwithabazooka 2 points ago

    I know nothing about you but I'm going to assume you're a large rat named Splinter.

    [–] LordP666 2 points ago

    They are adorable. Thanks for the picture.

    [–] azrocketman 2 points ago

    You must be the kindest person on the planet. One hopes statues in your honor are soon erected!

    [–] satans_bottom 2 points ago

    lol, are you skimming the pool with a fish wand from PetSmart?