5 Pet Tips For Turtles
Have you ever considered getting yourself a pet turtle, even if it’s to serve as your emotional support animal or as some may call it, an emotional support turtle? While turtles are definitely a reliable companion due to their impressively long lifespan, we have some important tips to share with you about taking care of them. You may know the basics, but it wouldn’t hurt to know the intricate details about caring for the turtle as well:
Clean The Water Frequently
It is extremely important to clean your turtle’s water frequently. It is highly suggested that your tank has a filter. With a filter, it may be necessary to completely clean out the tank and everything in it every two to three weeks. However, changing the water once a week can be beneficial to remove excess waste and uneaten food.
Keeping the tank clean provides a better opportunity for your pet to stay healthy. Your turtle’s water tank is also his bathroom, so staying on top of cleaning the tank is of utmost importance.
If you have specific questions regarding your pet’s tank and sanitation, don’t hesitate to ask your vet for help.
Turtles Need To Exercise Regularly
The initial impression many people have about freshwater turtles is that they don’t need much exercise. In fact, they do. Wild turtles are surprisingly active animals. Most species are ungainly on land, but you would be surprised at how fast they can run and at how well they can climb. (There’s a turtle near here that walks overland for several kilometers to a different watershed to reach her favorite nesting site every year. Nobody knows why, because there are perfectly good nesting sites on the lake where she lives.)
Be sure your turtle has enough room to swim and climb in his tank or pond or provide a wading pool a few times a week.
Provide Heat To Your Turtle’s Land
While some turtles love to swim, they usually need an area to take a break from swimming and receive some heat to regulate their body temperatures, since they are cold-blooded creatures. You can create a dry land space with a mountain of pebbles that reaches above the water level, a swim noodle cut to the size of the tank or a floating platform.
The source of light may be an incandescent or fluorescent light. PetSmart believes that incandescent lights are used for heating and fluorescent lights may be used for maintaining health.
In a basking land area, the temperature should be around 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit; otherwise, the temperature during the day should hover around 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
How People Groom Their Turtles
Cleanliness may or may not be next to godliness, but it is definitely next to healthiness for your turtle. Dirty water can result in any number of diseases, some of which are very difficult to treat. Keep the turtle enclosure clean.
Wash your hands before and after handling your turtle, to help ensure that he doesn’t pick up germs from whatever you might have been holding before him and to ensure that you don’t pick up any germs from him.
Turtles Need To Be Fed Regularly
According to PetSmart, turtles can be fed daily or 4-5 times a week. Baby turtles will eat more frequently, and fully-grown adult turtles will need to eat less, 4-5 times a week. Now, you may be wondering, “what do they eat?”. Well, read on to find out:
Turtles have a wide variety of foods in their diet. It is quite common to purchase pellets of food from your local pet store. To supplement their food with calcium, it is recommended that you sprinkle some calcium powder on their food twice a week. In small amounts, insects given to them on dry land or fresh fruits and vegetables can also be beneficial.
Talk with your vet or a turtle expert if you have specific questions regarding your turtle’s diet.
Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to educate yourself on the various turtle species that exists so that you know the unique details of your particular turtle.