Pet turtles

Turtle, Trachemys Scripta, Water Turtle

Turtles hold a lot of fascination for children and maybe your child has twisted your arm and you are contemplating locating a pet turtle. The first thing you’ll have to ask yourself is if you want a turtle for 20 to 30 years, since this is how long they will live for in captivity. Turtles are easy to care for, but they do need to have daily tending, as turtles may perish in captivity if their needs aren’t met. Just since they’re slow doesn’t mean they are not just as important on a daily basis for a dog or cat. Here are some pet turtle care tips and how to look after a turtle.

How To Manage A Turtle

Housing

Unless you’re building an elaborate outside enclosure, your turtle will require room to swim and exercise. Red Sliders are the most popular pet turtle and they’re active swimmers. Your tank will have to have an area where the turtle is wholly submerged in water, a place where it can hide as it does not wish to be in the open, and needs a basking area where it will sun itself under the basking lamp you provide; your turtle needs to bask since it prevents a buildup of fungus and helps to regulate its body temperature. The basking area should be around 85-90F in the day and 70F at night.You may like to offer a filter to the water otherwise you’ll have to change the water daily. You can not use straight tap water as it needs to be dechlorinated. All you need to do is leave it out for 24 hours, but that means you’ll have to find a place to do that too; using spring water is ideal.

Feeding

A turtle’s diet contains turtle pellets that will need to be high in vitamin A and calcium for good eye and shell care. You can also feed your turtle lettuce, carrots, bananas, and strawberries. Keep a bowl of fresh water in there for your turtle to drink also, since the swimming water is contaminated with urine and feces. Don’t feed your turtle table scraps, it requires a balanced diet.

Health

First and foremost for your wellbeing, ALWAYS wash your hands after handling your pet . You run a huge risk of contracting salmonella.

A wholesome turtle is one which has a hard shell, glowing eyes and no fluid coming from its nose or mouth. Often problems are due to vitamin A deficiency, so placing a few drops of cod liver oil on its food every now and then helps ensure their dietary needs are met. Algae may grow on its shell, so you may have to clean out the water more often, or spend time with the lamp on, which encourages the algae to grow. Its beak and claws might need to be trimmed by your veterinarian.

Pet turtle care Gets easier with a little love and knowledge, but armed with that then you have a friend for a long time

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