I have a red-eared slider that I originally got because its original owner left the country. I am often verbally abused by self-righteous twits for having this kind of turtle, but what was I supposed to do? Let it die?
In any case, I now work and live in two places that are about an hour and a half apart by car, and spend several days in each place. If I leave the turtle, the people overfeed it because it is always asking for food, and then I return to an aquarium that has a couple of dozen uneaten pellets floating around stinking up the tank and the turtle looking despondent and unwell.I would like to keep an aquarium in each place and drive the turtle back and forth with me. This would involve about two drives per week, so it isn't a lot of time, but I'm wondering about the best way to transport him. I could line a cardboard box with a bunch of dry towels and put him in there and cover him over, while pre-heating the car, then make the drive and plop him into the other aquarium upon arrival.

However, I'm worried that he will dry out and die. Do turtles dry out? How long can they live out of the water? He spends a lot of time basking under that special light, and he gets pretty dry then. Or would it be better to put him in a little tank of water an inch or two deep and transport him in that?
Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing? Any constructive suggestions would be appreciated.
Bob
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transport him. I could line a cardboard box with a bunch of dry towels and put him in there and ... drive and plop him into the other aquarium upon arrival. However, I'm worried that he will dry out and die.

That sounds fine. He won't dry out. It's only an hour and a half! Emotion: smile

(I've driven my turtles across the US a few times).

Chris

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Hi Bob
I've had turtles shipped cross-country overnight, arriving dry and staying that way throughout the day until they were brought up to Canada that night by the ultimate owner. No problem at all. All three are still swimming happily.
Now, on the notion of travel... Putting them in a water-filled (even partially water-filled) aquarium is begging for trouble... 1- you stop suddenly and they get sloshed around. You're OK, but they're rather annoyed.
2- you stop suddenly and the whole thing tips over in your car. Your car is soaked the aquarium is broken and the turtles are pretty close to being ready for a stew pot... Nobody's happy... ;-)

You're idea of padding them in a box is great. I might suggest a different order, though:
Start warming up the car.
Fill a hot water bottle and wrap that in a towel. Put that in the box, add turtles, add more towels, and take that out to the car that is now nice and warm. Then your buddy has no cold parts to deal with... ;-)
I have a red-eared slider that I originally got because its original owner left the country. I am often verbally ... transport him in that? Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing? Any constructive suggestions would be appreciated. Bob

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I could line a cardboard box with a bunch of dry towels
and put him in there and cover him over, while pre-heating the car,then make the drive and plop him into ... out of the water? He spends a lot of timebasking under that special light, and he gets pretty dry then.

Even better than a box would be a styrofoam cooler. Plop him in there with a damp towel and he'll stay warm and moist.
Just keep a close eye on him that all the travel doesn't start stressing
him out and put him off his feed.
I think it's fantastic that you care enough about the turtle to make him your commuting partner!
-M
Maybe even possible to use the "commuter lane"..but may have trouble arguing that in court should you get a citation.
H
Maybe even possible to use the "commuter lane"..but may have trouble arguing that in court should you get a citation. H

That's a good one! Emotion: smile
Thanks to all of the responders for the useful suggestions.

Bob
However, I'm worried that he will dry out and die. Do turtles dry out?

Yes, the turtle's skin will dry out, but it's unlikely to harm him. One of our RES escaped from his tank and went missing for three weeks. Then, we met him making his way across the dining room floor.

Keeping him warm would be more important.
If you want to keep him both warm and wet, put a hot water bottle in the bottom of a box suitable for transporting the turtle, cover it with a damp cloth and then place the turtle inside
However, I'm worried that he will dry out and die. Do turtles dry out?

Yes, the turtle's skin will dry out, but it's unlikely to harm him. One of our RES escaped from his tank and went missing for three weeks.Then, we met him making his way across the dining room floor.

How do you lose a walking dinner plate for 3 weeks? Emotion: smile Anoles, I could understand!

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How do you lose a walking dinner plate for 3 weeks? Emotion: smile Anoles, I could understand!

He was probably hiding in a corner somewhere, he used to go into the study and make himself a burrow under the pile of books in the corner under the window
We also have this cabinet that the turtle could get behind and the cabinet also has a space underneath it running the lenght of the cabinet which was large enough for the turtle to go under.
We used to push an umbrella into the gap and then push the turtle to one end of the space so we could reach in and fish him out. It's used to be a favoured iguana hiding spot until we put books beside the cabinet to stop them going behind it.
Pushing a stick in and poking the iguana used to make them come shooting out into the room.
We've also lost kittens and guinea pigs to under the cabinet (well, at least until they finally decided to come out from hiding)
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