Turtles hold a lot of fascination for children and perhaps your child has twisted your arm and you’re contemplating locating a pet turtle. The first thing you will have to ask yourself is if you would like 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 die in captivity if their needs aren’t met. Just since they’re slow does not mean they aren’t just as important on a daily basis for a cat or dog. Here are some pet turtle care tips and how to take care of a turtle.
How To Manage A Turtle
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 are active swimmers. Your tank will have to have a place where the turtle is totally submerged in water, an area where it can hide when it doesn’t want to maintain the open, and also needs a basking area where it will sunlight itself under the basking lamp you supply; your turtle needs to bask because it prevents a buildup of fungus and helps to regulate its body temperature. The basking area should be approximately 85-90F in the day and 70F in night.You may like to offer a filter to the water otherwise you’ll have to change the water every day. You can’t use straight tap water as it has to be dechlorinated. All you need to do is leave it out for 24 hours, but that means you will need to discover a place to do that too; using spring water is best.
A turtle’s diet contains turtle pellets that will need to be high in vitamin A and calcium for great eye and shell attention. It is also possible to feed your turtle lettuce, carrots, lettuce, and strawberries. Keep a bowl of fresh water in there for your turtle to drink too, since the swimming water is contaminated with urine and feces. Don’t feed your turtle table scraps, it needs a balanced diet.
First and foremost for your health, ALWAYS wash your hands after handling your pet turtle. You run a massive risk of contracting salmonella.
A wholesome turtle is one which has a hard shell, bright eyes and no fluid coming from its mouth or nose. Often problems are caused by vitamin A deficiency, so putting a few drops of cod liver oil on its food every now and then will help ensure their dietary needs are met. Algae may grow on its shell, so you may need to clean out the water more often, or spend less time with the lamp on, which motivates the algae to grow. Its beak and claws may have to be trimmed by your veterinarian.