Turtles are considered an exotic animal and are often kept as pets. There are several species of turtles. All together, there are 300 different types of turtle species. The most common turtle found in Missouri is the snapping turtle. But the 300 species range from different types of land turtles and also sea turtles
Normally if you find a turtle on the road, they are considered and land/water turtle. Meaning that they can live in both areas. Sea turtles only live in the sea. Lets say that your child brings home a turtle and wants to keep it, but you really don’t know how to take care of the turtle. Here are a few things that you must know to make sure the turtle stays alive.
You can put the turtles on tanks so that they have a place to live. But you will want to keep the temperatures between 70-80 degrees, depending on the species. You will also want to make the tank a land/water tank. To make the tank 70-80 degrees you will need a lamp that gives of heat and light. You can normally find those type of lamps in pet shops that you go to. Also if you are setting up the tank for your turtle, you should make sure it has leaves that are connected to a branch and try to make the tank more realistic of the outside where it would live.
Most turtles need to have a lot of victim D and protein enriched food. For example, most turtles eat snails, small fish, vegetation, crickets, and earthworms. Along with making sure they are fed you should also make sure that their tank is clean.
The tank should be cleaned at least once a week. Now, when you clean the tank you should always wash your hands before and after cleaning it. When you take the turtle out to clean the tank put the turtle in another place like a different tank or some place that the turtle can not escape.
Just because turtles are pets does not mean that the turtle wants to be held all the time. But if you do hold the turtle make sure that you wash your hands before and after holding the turtle as well. Most turtles are happy when left alone most of the time. So, if you are sure that you would like a turtle for a pet, make sure that you will be content with just watching the turtle most of the time instead of trying to hold it all the time.