I commend you on your diligence to help these little guys. It can be overwhelming to set up new habitats, even more so when in an emergency. Best of luck to you and the turtles. I just LOVE little snappers!
Just a heads up that's a Slider, not a painted turtle. Same basic care though.
Tell me about! Two snappers that is three too many! Just hope they only stay with you for a year at most. Their attitude matches their name. You are a truly awesome friend!Ohhh the owner told me they were painted turtles. I guess he doesn’t know much about them either lol
Just an FYI... snappers will do just fine without a water heater. They are from temperate zones and will do fine at room temp. You can add a basking light over a land area or rock, but in my experience they will seldom use it. Painters and sliders on the other hand love to lounge under basking lightsFrom what I’ve read and have been told, snapping turtles shouldn’t be with any other turtles at all lol. I just bought a larger tank yesterday and was thinking about keeping the snapping turtles in the smaller tank since they aren’t nearly as active as the painted turtles. I as of now have a total of 3 filters (2 tetras) and one heater. So I’ll still need to buy another filter and heater before both tanks would be 100% ready for them.
As a heat source, a standard flood light (maybe up to 50-70 watts depending on how far over the tank you hang it) or, in a pinch, a regular old incandescent bulb. Like most amphibians and reptiles, you'll need a UVB bulb too. Best solution is a small florescent strip light with a UVB emitting bulb. You can hang it over the tank. If I may offer a couple of words of caution with the lights 1) hang them using stands or fasten them by chain etc... just dont rely on clamps (I found this out the hard way) 2) for the basking lamp, raise it high enough to avoid getting splashed by waterI need some suggestions on basking light bulbs? Both lamps I have came with bulbs in them (one the owner sent and the other is the one that came with the used tank) so I'm not sure they are the right kind of bulb.