Turtles hold a lot of fascination for children and maybe your child has twisted your arm and you’re contemplating finding a pet turtle. The first thing you will have to ask yourself is if you want 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 can die in captivity if their needs are not met. Just because they are slow doesn’t mean they aren’t just as important on a daily basis as a cat or dog. Here are a few pet turtle care tips and how to look after a turtle.
How To Manage A Turtle
Unless you’re building an elaborate outdoor enclosure, your turtle will require room to swim and exercise. Your tank will have to have a place where the turtle is wholly submerged in water, an area where it can hide when it doesn’t wish to be in the open, and also needs a basking area where it will sunlight itself under the basking lamp you provide; your turtle should bask since it prevents a buildup of fungus and helps to regulate its body temperature. The basking area should be around 85-90F in the day and 70F at night.You may like to offer a filter to the water otherwise you will need to change the water every day. You can’t use straight tap water as it has to be dechlorinated. All you will need to do is leave it out for 24 hours, but that means you will have to discover a spot to do that too; using spring water is ideal.
A turtle’s diet contains turtle pellets that need to be high in vitamin A and calcium for good eye and shell care. You can also feed your turtle lettuce, carrots, lettuce, and strawberries. Feed your turtle a live fish at least once a week, to allow it to get some exercise because turtles like to hunt. Keep a bowl of fresh water in there to your turtle to drink also, since the swimming water is contaminated with feces and urine. Don’t feed your turtle table scraps, it requires a balanced diet.
First and foremost for your health, ALWAYS wash your hands after handling your pet . You run a huge risk of contracting salmonella.
A healthy 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 own food every now and then helps ensure their dietary needs are met. Algae may grow on its own shell, so you may need to clean the water more frequently, or spend time with the lamp on, which encourages the algae to grow. Its beak and claws might have to be trimmed by your veterinarian.