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Red-Eared Sliders - Think Twice Before Buying
 
 

Red-Eared Sliders or terrapins as they are commonly known, are sold widely throughout Singapore, in pet and aquarium shops. They can be purchased for $4 which is not indicative of the long-term commitment needed to look after them.  Pet shop operators should be advising owners that the small cute creatures can live up to 30 years and grow to the size of a dinner plate.

 
 

In our experience, cases are reported where the animals are clearly suffering because of their owners keeping them in poor conditions, like the ones pictured here.  Many others are abandoned in ponds, canals or reservoirs once their owners realise that they have no time or place to maintain the animals.

NOTE: We do not encourage the purchase of Red-Eared Sliders as pets, due to the long-term commitment and special needs.

Cruelty to animals is a crime In Singapore, cruelty to animals is a crime. Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who is found guilty of such an offence including abandonment of any animal, can be imprisoned for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000, or both.