Turtles are for everyone. They need time and patience. With the keen sense of smell and excellent eyesight, they require certain things to strive and grow peacefully. Look over a few suggestions here and see what you think.
Species– When deciding what type of turtle you are going to get, you need to know that each one has different dietary needs and personalities. One thing you really want to know is what the expected size will be when they are an adult. Depending on your living accommodations, you certainly do not want to end up with a huge turtle and no room to keep him.
Habitat– When you are making your turtle’s living quarters; make sure that you incorporate dry and wet areas. Your new little friend may want to take a swim or basking in the artificial sun. Also of equal importance is that some turtles may want hiding spaces to retreat to. Throw some splashes of colors in your design. Maybe a tropical seen would be nice, it really is up to you how you decorate as long as you incorporate in his necessary needs.
Upkeep – Be sure to keep the tank clean from his waste as well as any mess he may make when scurrying around. They may like to pull things down and rearrange decorations. Make sure that there is nothing that he can keep trapped or caught in while he is moving about. If you have a water loving turtle, a filter may help but the entire tank still needs to be broken down and cleaned completely. Be aware that soap is unhealthy and harmful to your new little pet.
Light and Heating – All turtles will need a source of light. Try getting a tank that has a light set included. For heat, there are rocks and pads available for purchase. Turtle need heat and sunlight as much as they need food and water.
Food– If you have never owned a turtle, get ready for some fun in experimenting what food your little guy will like. Most turtles enjoy leafy green vegetables such as kale and collard greens. For special times, they may enjoy the treat of meal worms and crickets.
Owning a turtle can be a fun and rewarding time, be sure to feed them carefully and safely. I hope that you are as excited about raising a turtle as I was when I first got one. They have an amazing sense of smell and very good eyesight. They will watch for you and learn when feeding time is about near.
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