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    Ways to keep your turtle healthy

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 14 May 2013
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    Turtles can live for many years. They even give humans a run for their money. This does not happen by luck or chance. You should look after your turtle well and provide it with the best possible life it can get in terms of health, nutrition and overall wellbeing.
     
    Turtles can live from 20-40 years with the oldest being reportedly 86 years old!
     
    • The first thing you should make sure is if you have not yet purchased one then you should purchase from a reputable breeder or turtle adoption organisation where the wellbeing of the turtle is the primary concern. With animal trading there are those who are interested in profit above all else.
    • You should make sure you have an adequate sized tank for your turtle. As a general rule of thumb, you should provide ten gallons per inch the size of your pet. For a baby turtle it should have a minimum of 50 gallons and 120+ gallons for an adult.
    • The tank’s condition - Of course, makes sure you regularly clean the tank and keeps it in good condition. The tank should have an area for swimming and also a dry area for basking. The basking area should have a light shining on it to show the sunlight. This can be turned off at night to mimic the conditions of the earth
    • Your turtle tank should have a proper filtration system so it can have fresh water whenever it requires it. Imagine yourself living in a world with no fresh air. You could try providing natural spring water however it is not recommended to provide tap water as the chlorine and fluoride levels can be bad for the turtle’s health.
    • Remember to maintain the proper water temperatures. Turtles are cold blooded animals and will rely on external heat to warm up their bodies. Remember that turtles are not originally from countries like England so they need to be kept in the correct conditions similar to South America and Africa.  Temperatures should be around 26.5-27.5 degrees Celsius for a sick or hatching turtle and the standard temperature should be 25.5 – 26.5 degrees Celsius. The area of dry land for your turtle should be around 6 degrees Celsius warmer than the water so the turtle goes there to warm up.
    Source: Wikihow
     
    Photo: Powellizer
     
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