Children love turtles, and why not? They are represented in the media as crime fighting ninja’s with a hunger for pizza. Which makes them pretty cool, and great pets for the young ones. However, they take more attention and care than most people know. These five tips will help you keep your turtle in crime fighting shape for years to come.
Turtles Need Space, Light, and Freshness
Unlike their television counterparts, turtles need to have ample sunlight and fresh air. Not to mention clean, fresh water and plenty of room to move around. They are cold blooded, which means they need a basking lamp or heat rock so they can regulate their body temperature.
Leave Them Alone If They Hibernate
Turtles will dig into the bedding of their enclosure and create a type of nest during the winter months. They then bury themselves and go to sleep. This is called hibernation and is very important to keeping them healthy. Turtle can develop health problems if they are not allowed to hibernate, such as liver disease.
Wash Your Hands And The Turtle’s Tank
Turtle’s are known for carrying viruses that can cause nasty illnesses, such as salmonella. Before handling your pet turtle and afterward, be sure to wash your hands. This will protect you from any bugs they may have and protect them from any you may have.
Don’t Use Wood Chips As The Turtle’s Bed
Wood chips can cause problems for your turtle if they were to eat them. They also soak up moisture from spilled water and the turtle’s urine and feces. This can lead to mold growth, which can make your turtle sick. Not to mention it wouldn’t smell too great.
Give Them A Place To Hide
Turtle’s are a lot like other pets and people when it comes to wanting alone time. When they get tired of being out and about, they need a sheltered place they can retreat to. Ideally, this will be a covered, but airy cave or tunnel that will block most light and allow them to rest in peace.
It may seem cool to own a pet turtle, but they need a lot more care than simply throwing them into a small tank and giving them a leaf of lettuces. They need the proper habitat, diet, and handling techniques. When properly cared for, many breeds of turtle can live a very long time.
“Caring For Your Pet Turtle” PetTurtle.com