It’s best if you skip ordering your yellow belly slider turtles online and head to your nearest pet store. It’s a much better option because you’ll be able to see your turtle before you buy it. You can check it for any issues that might arise in the future. Check its eyes, nails, shell, etc for any flaws. By buying your turtle in person instead of online you’ll also be able to talk to them about how much your turtle is eating, what it’s been eating, and what kind of water conditioner they’ve been using as well as calcium blocks. If, and only if, you don’t live near a pet store, and you have to order online, please email me and I will give you a suggestion of who to buy for and who not to buy for based on my experience and that of other turtle owners I know and trust.
I have purchased turtles online and they arrived perfectly happy and healthy but that’s only by a miracle in my opinion. I purchased a male/female pair of turtles on a Thursday, paid a whopping overnight fee, after calling them I was informed they only mail Mon-Wed. The following Monday my turtles were shipped UPS (not overnight) and didn’t arrive until the following Wednesday. I was in a state of panic knowing the stress that the turtles were going through during the long transit. I did order heat packs so I knew they wouldn’t be cold. But still, I would have NEVER purchased my turtles online if I couldn’t have them shipped overnight, with overnight actually meaning, overnight. So again, if you live near a pet store, it’s best to purchase your turtles in person. I don’t happen to live near a pet store but I plan day trips a couple of times a month (or more, lol) to visit PetSmart and Petco to check out their turtles (I’m looking for a specific breed and gender that I plan to buy in the future).
If you’re interested in adopting an aquatic turtle (or tortoise), click on my link to see what they’re currently offering if adopting one is an option for you. Please show your love for saving the turtles by becoming a member of the Turtle Rescue League, as I am. You could help save the turtles in your area.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. I’m a past and present turtle owner and all thoughts included are from my many years of experience in owning, handling, and loving yellow belly slider turtles. I’m not an expert on turtle care.