Top 5 turtle care tips

turtle-careOut of all of the reptiles you can purchase the turtle may be one of the most fascinating. Unlike its counterparts in the reptile and amphibian world the turtle comes with a personality.Other animals in this category have the same characteristics and mannerisms – it’s genetic.But turtles are fairly social animals and can recognize you over time. They are great pets for adults and mature teenagers.

Turtles are not the easiest to care for and there are a lot of things you need to know about them in order to provide them with good care but once you’ve got that down it’s easy! Here are my top 5 turtle care tips.

 

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Tip #1: Pet Shop Turtles

 

This is not a tip as much as it is a warning. Pet shops are notorious for not caring about the animals they sell. Dogs are kept in open grate cages, beta fish males are kept next to other beta fish males (they will fight to the death if in the same tank), ferrets are given adult cat food and kept in pens with just bedding and no litter. Turtles and other reptiles are no different. They are given the wrong food for their species most of the time, they do not get natural sunlight and they are subjected to overcrowding. This stresses the turtle out which lessens their lifespan. Before buying from a pet store check them out.   Wondering how my turtle guide can help you? Click here to find out Learn everything you can about turtles – use the internet as a resource tool. When you go to the pet store you will be informed and can question the employees about what care they give their turtles. If you want to ‘rescue’ a turtle from a pet store then feel free but expect it to be stressed and the diet to be insufficient, leading to a potentially traumatized turtle. If you don’t want the hassle then looking for a private breeder may be in your future. Breeders make it their business to know how to care for the animals.

 

Tip #2: What to Feed your Turtle

 

Pet stores sell turtle feed – pellet type stuff. While this gives your turtle all the nutrients they need you should not give them this feed exclusively. Turtles love variety in their food and make sure you learn what your turtle likes to eat instead of the food pellets. Turtle Book with GuaranteeMost turtles are herbivores so will eat many types of greens, veggies and fruits – especially bananas! Younger turtles are carnivores and will eat certain insects, crayfish and cooked turkey and chicken. Also, if you are feeding your turtle meat high in fat it should be cooked to render the fat as fatty tissue can carry food borne illnesses. Also, turtles are big eaters so be careful about the amount of food you give them.

 

Tip #3: The Turtle’s Habitat

 

The turtles of choice are sliders which are semi-aquatic reptiles. This means they spend time in the water as well as on land. The turtle’s habitat should reflect that with enough water, ‘sunbathing’ ground (made of small pebbles and smooth, flat stones) and access to plenty of sunlight or an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. The temperature of the water should also not go below 75 degrees or too far above 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Tip #4: Cleanliness

 

Turtles are very messy eaters so feed them in separate bowls – this will lessen your cleaning duties. Water should be changed every two days if you do not use a filter and every 4 or 5 days if you do. This also depends on the size of your tank as larger tanks require you to change the water fewer times. Scrub the sides of the tank or cage to remove any bacteria. Change filters regularly.

 

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Tip #5: Handling

 

Turtles are not cuddly, feel good animals for the most part. They like to socialize with other turtles and to roam around. Some enjoy the underside of their shells scratched so see if your turtle is one of these. You should never handle a turtle under 4 inches in length when they are a baby.

Remember that turtles NEED direct sunlight so take them outside in an enclosed pen with an area for shade. This helps them process calcium which allows them to heal their shells and stay healthy.

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