How to Look After a Pet Turtle
If your considering getting a pet turtle or maybe you've already got one and realized they are a lot more work than you thought they would be! There are many varieties of turtles, but they can be broken down into those that prefer completely wet habitats and those that require dry habitats. Whiche kind of pet turtle you choose, you need to know how to care for your specific turtle so it can have a good quality of life.
Depending on if you have an aquatic turtle or a more land loving creature, your going to need to create different habitats and different pet turtle care steps need to be taken. Aquatic turtles obviously spend a lot of time under water and vice versa, so make sure your turtle habitat meets these requirements by having the right balance of land to water.
The Best Type Of Turtle For Your Home: Semi-aquatic turtles make excellent pets to have in your home. They need both an area to swim around in and a basking ground with plenty of sunshine (or a UV lamp) in the enclosures. The temperature of the environment needs to be carefully regulated. The water should be kept cooler than the rest of the habitat and will need to be cleaned regularly.
Life Expectancy: A lot of people forget that turtles have quite a long life expectancy, some breeds live for many decades while some can even go up to a hundred years! So make sure you get along, your friend will be around a while!
Turtle Diseases and Health: They are prone to various diseases so make sure to carefully note any changes in their behavior. Give special attention to the condition of their shell, as this is usually an indicator if something is wrong with your turtle. They need plenty of fresh vegetables to eat and a shallow bowl of fresh drinking water available to them at all times.
What They Love To Eat: Turtles are hungry little guys and they're very messy eaters! They will eat worms, small chunks of meat, and small leaves. For bigger turtles, fish, raw vegetables, frogs, bugs, consist of their main diet.
If you're having trouble getting them to eat, feed them something different or something smaller. A variety of fresh vegetables is also needed and makes up the larger part of their diet. They may have eating problems because they're not digesting properly. Having a light for heat is essential because turtles require heat and sunlight to properly digest food and help develop their shells.
A good feeding tip is to make sure you feed them in a separate plate from their habitat, else the habitat will get very messy.
Source by William J. Simpson