Turtles are creatures loved by children everywhere. Before you consider having a turtle as a pet or getting one for your children, you must consider whether or not they or you can adequately provide the supplies and care necessary to the turtles health and survival.
I had several pet turtles as a child. I am proud to say they all live long healthy lives with me, and I eventually returned them to the wild where I had found them. However, one was a snapping turtle, and I had to set him free rather early because of this. Therefore, I do not recommend snapping turtles as pets. Still, there are many other types of turtles which do make excellent pets, if they are properly cared for.
All pets require a certain level of responsibility. If you cannot provide and maintain the following environment for your turtle, do not consider having one as a pet. When not properly cared for, all animals are far better off in the wild.
1. Wash hands before handling
In addition to being a safety precaution against the fact that some turtles do carry the salmonella virus, this is equally important to the turtles health as well.
2. Keep tank or pen clean
Your turtle is no longer in the wild. He can’t keep his habitat clean, nor can he move on to another, so it is vitally important that you do these things for him.
3. Keep water clean
There should never be debris or waste materials in your turtles water supply, be it water he drinks, or that in which the little amphibian swims.
4. Turtles need spring water…not tap water
Due to the presence of chlorine and fluoride in tap water, it is not at all healthy for your pet turtle. You must therefore provide him with spring water instead. This may seem too much trouble, but if you truly want a pet turtle, this is vitally important.
5. Need large tank or pen with lots of land and lots of water
Being amphibious creatures, turtles need both land and water to sustain them properly. Be sure your pen or tank includes plenty of both.
All these factors should be considered before taking a turtle as a pet. If any of these vitally important elements seem too much for you to deal with, you may want to reconsider owning one.
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Successful care and maintenance of several pet turtles as a child.