Keeping a Pet Turtle
Having a pet is a therapeutic way of relieving stress for individuals who are often swamped with school activities or work. Pets are for all ages, from kids to adults, anyone can have a few. They often choose to have dogs or cats for a pet, but some prefer exotic pets such as turtles. In thinking of having a pet turtle, some things need to be considered, such as its breed, environment, and diet.
There are approximately 270 types of turtles out there, however, there are seven breeds ideal for only beginners at having pet turtles. These are red-eared slider, painted turtles, Central American wood turtle, aquatic side neck, Caspian pond turtle, Greek tortoise, and Russian tortoise. They grow from seven inches up to 11 inches depending on the breed, they also require different types of care. Their diets vary from mostly plants to a combination of insects and pellets.
The environment of the turtle is important in keeping one as a pet. Turtles require both land and water to live in, making a terrarium the best choice for a pet turtle to live in. Some keep their turtles in aquariums, but they also put their pets in the land because it is required. Either using a terrarium or an aquarium to house a pet turtle in, the size is important. They should have a big one that is enough to let them grow to their maximum size. Some pet owners keep their turtles in a small aquarium that stunts their growth and is not healthy. The shell of turtles became deformed because their spine is growing, but their shell is not growing with it, which can cause them health complications.
It is important to consider the diet of turtles, too, in keeping them as pets. Their diet is usually composed of fish, dark, leafy greens, and canned or pelleted turtle food. Freeze-dried mealworms can be bought from stores and be fed to pet turtles too. They are fed based on the breed of turtle an individual is keeping, and it is usually a combination of these three kinds of food. This may sound like a lot of work, but turtles do not need to be fed every day, unlike other pets. It is enough to feed them four to five times a week, except for young water turtles required to be fed every day.
Depending on the breed of the turtle that you want to keep as a pet, their environment and diet are important to pay a lot of attention to grow healthy. Caring for a pet turtle can be a lot of hard work because of everything that has to be considered for it not to get sick. Yet, whether if it’s a pet dog, cat, hamster, or turtle, there are still things that are important to take in mind in taking care of them.