Things to know before getting a turtle as your pet

 

Many people find pet turtles cute, and they may think that they are easy to care for. While it is true that caring for a pet turtle is not rocket science, it is equally true that you need to dedicate some time to think about what such an endeavor would entail for you. As the owner of a pet turtle, I want to give you some advice on the matter.

Why you might not want a pet turtle

To make things clear right from the get-go, let’s see some reasons that could and should keep you away from getting such an animal as your pet. First of all, you must bear in mind that, while the small pet you got from the pet store is just a little cute animal, this creature can grow, and, with its size, so the tank where you keep it should grow, too.

Do you have enough space for housing a decently sized tank for your growing turtle? If you live in a small apartment, my advice would be to get a different type of pet. Although there are species that do not grow that much, there are still other things that you should know.

Keeping the water clear in the tank is paramount for the turtle’s health. Cleaning the tank regularly involves a bit of mess and a lot of responsibility on your part. So, be prepared. Another thing you might not particularly like about having a pet turtle is that this animal does not enjoy being cuddled, petted, or anything similar.

 

Keeping your pet turtle healthy

Once of the most significant challenges of caring for this type of pet is to know when it is the time to take it to the vet. Besides caring for the environment where you keep the pet turtle, you will also have to pay attention to various warning signs.

For instance, if your turtle prefers to spend all the time in hiding, and it no longer eats or drinks fresh water, that should be an alert sign. A pet turtle that is ill will experience weight loss, and you may even notice signs like discharge from its nose, mouth, and eyes. Turtles can also suffer from diarrhea.

It is not easy to take care of a pet turtle on your own. That is why my advice is to take the small animal to a vet and let a professional run a checkup and give it the necessary treatment.

Care about your health, too

Turtles can be carriers of bacteria, Salmonella in particular. That is why you should always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your pet. The viruses and bacteria developing on the turtle’s shell and skin can be contagious, which is why such recommendations are valid.

 

Important things to do when keeping aquatic turtles

 

I have a thing for animals ever since I was a little boy. It’s no wonder I started fishing before I was able to spell my own name. Fortunately, I was blessed with two amazing twins that share my passion for animals. At first, I was a little reluctant about giving them an animal as a pet. But after seeing what they’ve done with this cute turtle, I think I’m ready to take it to the next level.

In the meantime, I’ve thought about other animal lovers that might want to breed turtles and came with some useful tips that might cat your interest and make you want to read this article.

Now, you can’t ever handle the turtles without a proper handwash. This applies before putting your hands on them and after you’ve finished playing with the turtle. Because Salmonellosis is associated with turtles, in addition to other reptiles or poultry, you need to prevent salmonella to be transmitted to humans. One less factor is that turtles can get salmonella from your unwashed hands and pass it on to others, including you. Therefore, wash your hands before and after you’ve spent time with your beloved turtle.

 

Baby turtles and any kind of turtle are extremely cute. Even though we consider them pets, in reality, they shouldn’t be handles like dogs and cats. Compared to mammals or birds, turtles are not domesticated animals that have the concept of affection in their DNA. If they appear jolly and fun when they see you is because they know they are getting fed and not because they like you. Ideally, you should limit the handling and treat the turtles just like tropical fish. They are great for looking at but you’ll never get the fish out of the tank just for fun.

I’ve mentioned the fish because they have almost the same needs as turtles, especially when talking about water and water tanks. Just like you wash your clothes and get new ones that are clean, turtles need a new change of water on a regular basis. Thanks to modern discoveries, there are several systems that provide mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration, all in one. I suggest you invest in a good water filter to make sure the turtles are happy and healthy inside the aquarium.

Depending on the turtle specie, you need to make sure you provide similar conditions to their natural habitat. For instance, box turtles need an aquarium that comes with a water dish for soaking, while cooters and sliders would die in a habitat like this. So you need to do your research and learn about their needs and whether the specie you own comes with certain requirements.

You should consider aspects such as basking time, type of tank, food, and so on. It is preferable to do your homework before you bring the turtle home so you have time to make purchases.