Every parent goes through the stages of all the different pets that their children beg for. Before taking on the responsibilities of having another pet in your home, know and understand the needs for each animal. Here are some of the needs of turtle ownership.
Type. There are various species of turtles. Each species has separate and unique needs to properly care for them. There are turtles that only live on the ground or earth-like surfaces, water turtles as well as both land and water turtles. Be forthright in knowing the size that a turtle will grow up to be. There is nothing worse than having to get rid of a pet because they have grown too large for their environment.
Lighting and Heating. Turtles need light and heat to survive. In this case, many people chose to purchase a hood to cover the tank. This hood can have the lights needed in the tank. Heaters can be purchased to heat the rocks or area of tank. If you have a water turtle, a heating core for the water will be necessary to warm the water to appropriate temperature.
Tender Loving Care. Turtles are unique in that they have excellent eyesight and a keen sense of smell. With this in mind, a turtle needs a great deal of attention and playful environments. Incorporate colorful scenery and objects within the tank. Interact with the turtle during feeding time and the turtle will begin to correlate petting with time for food. While many may disagree, the turtle does choose to interact when they know a treat will follow.
Food. There is pellets for some types of turtles. However, they do enjoy green leafy vegetables, beans and whole grain products to name a few. Be sure to allow your pet turtle to have the items that they would find in the wild.
Water. While water turtles obviously need a water based environment; other species enjoy a split environment of a water area for them to lie in as well as another side that offers the earthlike atmosphere. Be sure to follow the tips and guidelines that water be changed on a regular basis. Bacteria will begin to overtake the water and make your turtle sick.
There are always guidelines for taking proper care of your desired pets. Turtles are a great addition in that the care becomes a quick process and can take on another level of peaceful sights as they explore their environment.