Many people love turtles. A few people love turtles so much that they will keep a turtle as a pet. If you have decided that you love turtles enough to keep one as a pet, there are a few things you will need to know.
Number one, a turtle that is well cared for will live a very long time. Your turtle could possibly even outlive you. Turtle pets have been known to be passed down from one generation to another. So you could say a turtle is a long-time commitment.
Number two, a turtle can be quite messy. A friend of mine told me that when she had a turtle as a pet she needed to clean his container every two days. She kept her turtle in a viquarium that she’d specially prepared for him. This was a tedious ordeal for her so she eventually gave the turtle away. Not cleaning the viquarium is not a good option, as she said it would stink very badly.
Number three, turtles can carry Salmonella, this can be passed on to people. Salmonella can cause a serious disease called salmonellosis. This can be a serious disease even fatal in susceptible individuals. Salmonella is a natural occurring bacteria in turtles and other reptiles. A turtle is unlikely to appear sick. Salmonella is very easily transmitted. Care should be taken to avoid catching salmonellosis from your turtle. After handling any turtle or reptile hands should be washed in warm soapy water. All surfaces where the turtle has been allowed to be needs to be cleaned well.
Number four, small children should not be allowed to play with a turtle unsupervised. Due to the risk that they will drop the turtle, dropping the turtle can be fatal for the turtle. Also because young children may not wash their hands well after handling a turtle. It is vitally important to wash hands well after handling or caring for a turtle or other reptile.
Number five, a well-cared for turtle can be the ideal pet for someone who lives in an apartment as it is a very quiet animal. Maintaining the turtle’s habitat is vitally important. A turtle that is not well cared for well quickly become a nuisance as odors can penetrate through walls. Apartment dwellers need to be aware of this fact.