How to Take Care of a Turtle?

Although turtlecare isnt too difficult, its essential that their environment be well maintained, said Dr. Stewart Colby, DVM and founder of Windward Animal Hospital in Johns Creek, Georgia.

These turtles are mostly herbivore, but if you feel like offering the occasional insect or worm, theyll gladly take it. African aquatic sideneck: this omnivore has an unusual folding neck and can grow as long as eight inches.

The bigger the enclosure, the better, said Brian Ogle, a science instructor who specializes in animal behavior and pet ownership at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. If youre thinking you dont have time to maintain a turtle‘s environment, you may want to consider a primarily land-dwelling tortoise. They go to the bathroom in the water, said Jim Nesci , a reptile expert with a conservation educational show called Cold Blooded Creatures.

Youll want thermometers for both the air and water in order to maintain an environment similar to whatever your turtle or tortoise would find in the wild. Its also best if your turtle can get some sunlight, too, said Susan Tellem, of American Tortoise Rescue in Malibu, California. Providing good, consistent care for your turtle or tortoise will keep it healthy and happy.

Keeping a clean terrarium, enforcing good hygiene with pet owners and buying an inexpensive conditioner to add to the water Reptoguard makes some helps keep organisms like salmonella at bay and hopefully prevent turtle diseases from ever happening. If you purchase your turtle as a baby, expect to offer it plenty of TLC and keep the following tips in mind: Finally, be sure to look for any physically signs of illness, including swollen eyes, discoloring on the shell and avoiding food.

Are turtles easy to maintain?

Turtles may seem like low-maintenance pets, but those about to rush out and bring one home should consider that they require years (sometimes decades) of specialized care. Turtles can also transmit disease. Like all wildlife, these reptiles belong in their natural habitats.

How do you keep a turtle alive at home?

They require a habitat with plenty of clean water for swimming as well as dry land where they can rest, hide and bask in the sun. A tank that can hold at least 40 gallons should give your pet turtle an adequate amount of room to move around in.

Are Turtles good pets for beginners?

The best varieties for beginners are male painted turtles, U.S. mud and musk turtles, and male red-eared sliders, she says. “Turtles require more maintenance and space than most people generally assume,” Pauli says, “and they live for decades, so buyers should be aware that they are a pet that may well outlive them.”

What do turtles need to survive?

Food Sources. All turtles, regardless of their habitat, require adequate food sources. Some turtles are omnivorous and eat plants and animals; others are herbivorous and eat only plants. Either way, a supply of marine and land plants, insects, smaller turtles, fish and worms is a necessity, if a turtle is to survive.

This article was co-authored by Audra Barrios. Audra Barrios is a Marine Biologist and the owner of Lick Your Eyeballs, a business offering reptiles, supplies and plants. With over 15 years of experience, Audra specializes in reptiles and exotic animals, environmental education, marine biology, conservation issues, and animal husbandry. Audra earned a BASc in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied Natural Sciences at the College of Marin. She is the founder and Executive Director of Things That Creep, a non-profit dedicated to herptile conservation through education. She has spent the last six years working as a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences.

Be sure to line the bottom of the tank with peat moss or soil, and include a basking rock so your turtle can sun itself. Then, add enough water for your turtle to swim in, which will vary depending on the species.

Remember to set up a reptile light near the basking rock, and install a filter to keep the water clear. Feed your turtle a mix of turtle food, fresh vegetables, like carrots, lettuce, and invertebrates, like minnows or grasshoppers. For tips on keeping your turtle healthy and happy, keep reading!

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Aquatic turtles can be found in or near water. Most aquatic turtles will leave the water to bask on dry land, but spend most of their time in the water.

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Your Turtle’s Environment

Let’s start with a quick explanation on the difference between a turtle and a tortoise. Turtles spend most of the time in the water, while tortoises live on the land. Terrapins are also turtles, but generally split their time evenly between land and fresh water.Though there are approximately 270 types of turtles, the following types are considered ideal for beginning turtle pet parents:

Your Turtle’s Diet

It depends on the type of turtle you have, of course, but turtles will generally eat insects, fish (like comet goldfish, which are smaller than the common goldfish) and dark, leafy greens. You can also buy your pet canned or pelleted turtle food and freeze-dried mealworms. Tortoises, on the other hand, are herbivores and will require a mix of fresh vegetables (about 80 percent of the diet) and fruit (20 percent).Unlike other pets you might have, turtles don’t need to be fed every day. As a general rule of thumb, feeding your turtle four to five times a week will be fine, unless you have a young water turtle, in which case they should be fed every day.“In the wild food would be limited, so mimic nature when you care for your animal,” Tellem said.You’ll also want to add calcium to your turtle‘s diet. You can get a calcium supplement and “dust” their food with it twice a year.