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    How To Look After Turtles

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Turtles are semi-aquatic creatures, and therefore if you’re considering on keeping on one as a pet, it’s important to learn about the conditions in which these animals can thrive. For more information on caring for turtles, read the guide below.



     

    Looking After Turtles – A Guide

    • First of all, it’s worth stating that turtles are ideal pets for those wanting the joy that comes with owning a pet without the hard graft that goes into keeping certain animals. Turtles are self-sufficient, inactive animals that only need the minimum of fuss.

    • Turtles spend much of their time in the water – but it’s important to allow the turtle some space to bask on dry land. If you’re keeping a pet turtle, it’s essential to strike the right balance when it comes to the turtle’s daily routine – generally more than half of the turtle’s living space should be water-based. However, leave plenty of space for the basking area – it’s a crucial space that the turtle will need to dry out a shell.

    • Keep temperatures around the turtle’s tank fairly warm, at around 27-30 degrees Celsius. Low temperatures can cause fatigue, loss of appetite and inactivity – therefore make sure conditions are monitored on a day-by-day basis.

    • As with any other pet, cleanliness and hygiene should be one of your top priorities when it comes to caring for a turtle. If the tank or aquarium is looking a little mucky, take the time to clean it out thoroughly. As a rule of thumb, do a small clean once a week and a long, intensive clean at least once a month.

    • In terms of turtle food, perennial favourites include small fish, insects and earthworms and greenery and algae. Be careful not to overfeed the turtle, however, as it’s important to maintain a healthy balanced diet.

    • If you’re interested in looking after turtle, it’s best to read up more on the subject before buying as these pets require delicate care.

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