Turtles are loved by people because of their cute facial expressions, attractive patterns on their shells and gentle habits. The care you give them is species specific and not a tough bargain. Getting a turtle means staying a pet owner for the long haul. It is a long term commitment in which the care you provide should be consistent for its entire lifetime. A healthy turtle has good chances to outlive you. Making better arrangements in caring for turtles is the best option when you feel you will no longer be able to provide the same nurturing.
Essential Housing For Turtles
6” baby turtles can be kept indoors in glass tanks or small pond like enclosure. If a tank is chosen, it should be no smaller than 4”X18”X18”. With age, these babies may be shifted to larger tanks, indoors or outdoors. They need not be kept in the same habitat depending on the time of the year. In northern parts of USA, turtles which live outdoors will need to brumate or hibernate during the winter and accordingly, may be brought inside the house until the weather becomes warmer outside.
Right Exercise For Proper Caring Of Turtles
People live with the preconceived notion that freshwater turtles do not need much exercise. It is quite the contrary. Wild turtles are extremely agile and active animals. Allow enough room for your pet to swim and climb in its housing arrangement. If not, try to provide a wading pool a couple times a week. You would be surprised to see how fast they can run or climb. They have gentle habits and do not need much training. Playing with them should contribute to enough exercise. Playing fetch and making them follow an object around would make them more active during play. Allow them to freely explore the house.
Young freshwater turtles are carnivores, while adults are omnivores. Have six to seven kinds of food ready to be able to offer a variety of treats to your pet. A good and well-balanced diet involves low salt cat kibble, strawberries, leafy greens, specific pondweeds, Vallisneria, fish, crickets, swatted non-toxic flies, shrimps and mosquito larvae. Unlike tortoises, freshwater turtles need to submerge themselves completely in water to eat. Otherwise, they may dry out or starve if they stay outside water for too long. Keep some water easily accessible to them at all times. They should be able to climb in and out at ease without drowning.
People treat fishes and turtles quite differently than they would treat their furry friends. You should name your turtle and talk to it. These animals are not merely shown pieces for your aquarium. They will communicate with you if you develop a healthy relationship with them. Caring for turtles is easy and hassle free if you are patient and consistent for almost your entire life.