How to look after turtles

Turtle Care GuideWatching turtles is no doubt a real fun especially if they are your pets. By watching them everyday, you can learn a lot about their characteristic behaviors.But mere watching, just to have fun, is not sufficient for the well being of your turtles. Turtles are weak and delicate creatures and hence they need a lot of care, concern, and love from the owner.

From the hatchling period throughout their life, turtles remain very much prone to several kinds of diseases or suffer from internal as well as external injuries; in extreme cases, both of which may be dangerous and fatal.

 

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Looking after your turtle is no doubt a time consuming as well as an expensive affair. They are blessed with a long life span and need special attention. Here are some important aspects along with some handy tips for you in case you are an enthusiastic and dedicated turtle owner.

 

Clean water

Being aquatic, the turtles spend most of its life in water. But in captivity the chances of the tank-water in which they are kept getting foul and polluted are very high. The water may stink terribly because of the fecal matters and rotten foods like fish, meat, vegetables etc. Moreover, these rotten materials can produce huge amount of disease-casing microorganisms. Hence one of the important measures to keep you turtle healthy is to keep the water fresh and to do that regular cleaning, disinfecting, filtering, and refilling of the tank is essential.

 

Temperature

Turtles are reptiles and hence are hypothermic, which means they cannot bear colder environment and need special arrangement of heater with thermostat to keep the water warm at around 23.8 to 26.60 C. Too cold water may lead your turtle to hibernation which may not be favorable for its health.

 

Glass Tank

You will need a transparent glass tank which should be big enough to keep the growing turtles comfortably. Choose your tank according to the size and number of your turtles. Keep an elevated basking area for them too.

 

Food

Give them a balanced diet with regular supplements of calcium and vitamins.

 

Diseases

Blood in the faeces, cracked or leathery shell, wounds or swellings, reddened eyes, oral lesions, runny nose, breathing trouble, etc. are some of the symptoms which need immediate treatment by a veterinary doctor.

 

Caution

Never leave them unattended in the open. Never drop them on the hard floor.

 

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