Read About Caring for Pet Turtles

Caring for pet turtles and everything you need to know to take the best care of your pet is included in this article.

Caring for pet turtles - Health

  1. Inoculations:

    Inoculations are not required for your pet turtle. The best thing you can do to prevent disease is to keep their environment clean.
  2. Vet Visits:

    Soft shell problems and improper diet, which will create a Imagehollow look around the neck of your pet turtle are conditions for which you should seek the advice of a good vet.
  3. Grooming:

    You really can't groom your pet turtle but paying close attention to the condition of its shell is advisable.
  4. Pet Proofing Your Home:

    A turtle is not the kind of pet to allow to walk around your home. You should also be aware of any other predatory critters that you may have in the home, such as cats.
  5. Environment:

    Cleanliness is key for a pet turtle's environment. If the pet turtle develops a soft shell, getting a lime additive for the water will help alleviate that problem.
  6. Exercise:

    It is a good idea to take your pet turtle outside on a nice day and let it run around in the grass. It's very good for the turtles leg and neck muscles, but they can get lost easily, so keep a close watch.

Caring for pet turtles - Food

  1. Type:

    A good mix of worms, greens and pellets are recommended.
  2. Variety or Always the Same:

    As long as your pet turtle is getting a good balance of the worms greens and pellets, and not showing signs of over or under weight, you can change it up.
  3. Bowls -- Fancy or Plain:

    A bowl for the food is not necessary. The bowl for the turtle itself can be a lifelike habitat or a designer look.
  4. Treats:

    The worms are the best treat for your turtle and an occasional bit of raw hamburger, but not too much as they are high in fat.

Caring for pet turtles - Temperament

  1. Pet Temperament:

    A turtle's temperament is fairly consistent and placid. If you notice agitation or extreme lethargy, there may be a problem.
  2. Pet Socialization:

    As long as you avoid overcrowding, multiple turtles will get along just fine.
  3. Playing With Your Pet:

    You can take your turtle out and play with it whenever you wish, in fact it is good for them and keeps them accustomed to you and Imageyour touch, but good supervision is essential.
  4. Behavior Problems:

    A behavior issue may arise if you have too many turtles in the tank.
  5. Training:

    You cannot train a turtle, but they will respond to feeding times.

Caring for pet turtles - Supplies

  1. What You Need:

    A good sturdy tank and a safe place, away from predators to keep it. Proper filters for the water, essentially the same things necessary for an aquarium are necessary for a pet turtle.
  2. What You'll Want:

    If you have a pet turtle, since they are not all that active, the most interesting thing you can do is to create a great habitat for it.