My boyfriend and I have a yellow bellied slider that we bought at a pet store. We went through a BUNCH of care sheets on how to properly care for it and he is thriving beautifully. Recently we found another yellow belly near a pond and we wanted to know if they could live together or if we should release the wild one. We don't want either one to get sick. They seem to be getting along well together but we don't want to put either one at risk. What should we do?
It all depends on where you bought your store bought one. Many stores get theirs from "breeders" that simply pluck turtles from the wild. It is very possible that one or both could harbor parasites from the store or the wild. One of our turtles (red eared sliders) had such a parasite that required medication to clear up.
I would say take them both into the vet for check-ups and fecal exams.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.