All this information is very good! i actually agree with all of it, and the info. and care tips is good. red eared slider? - BIG turtle, but they are also loving and playful and a fun species to have. Red eared sliders are basically as common as cats or dogs. But they require a lot more hard work (labor basically) to keep than cats or dogs. I'm not going to lie, they are at least 5 times more demanding then cats or dogs. And their setup is about 10 times more expensive than cats or dogs as well. It runs into the neighborhood of about $500 the first year for an adult turtle, and then about $100 every additional year for stuff like filter equipment, food, light bulbs, and calcium supplements) trust me you want to start with an adult, even though it is much more expensive, an adult is very hardy. And a baby is very fragile and would probably be killed by your children accidentally. So an adult, by far better)
I would like to say though although turtles do make great family pets, turtles are very demanding, and you need to make SURE that you are willing to make the commitment. Not to sound like your mother or anything, but you need to have a stable job, because if you lose a job, the turtle would have to be given away, and it breaks my heart seeing family pets given away because the owners could not afford their supplies. I am being brutally honest, turtle supplies are dang expensive. So you need to make sure you have the money, because they do require a LOT of money.
Oh yes. I was talking about aquatic turtles for most of the time, but keep in mind Tortoises are also expensive ( because they do require large pens) But actually some species, like the russian tortoise and box turtle are easier to keep, and may be right if you have children!! > sorry, a lightbulb just popped out of my head, lol. But, even though i do agree some species of tortoises are a lot less expensive to keep, they still require commitment due to the fact that they can very easily outlive their owners. So tortoises are definetly close family pets, and will probably more than likely live through 3 or more generations of families. So if you decided to get a tortoise in the near future, it would probably still be around to see your childrens' children. So again, the commitment has got to be there.
Turtles and Tortoises overall make wonderful pets to owners that can provide them with loving care and financial care as well. By the way. Aquatic turtles absolutly hate being handled, so it would probably NOT be ok to have your children pet an aquatic turtle. it would be much safer to pet a tortoise. And a tortoise wouldn't mind, but a turtle would probably dislike it and get annoyed. So if you plan on having the children pet the animal, please cancel out aquatic turtles, because that would very easily stress them out.
Just an example, of how each setup is different. No setup is really 'cheaper' or 'better'. They are both different in their own ways, and just depends on personal preference and willingness i guess......
some very good websites to explore
PLEASE RESEARCH if you would like to care for any type of animal, including turtles and tortoises. They really are a lifetime commitment.