Turtles pets can be a great addition to your family and provide hours upon hours of enjoyment.Having relayed that it is imperative to do some homework up front before you decide to purchase a turtles or turtles pets. There are many different types of turtles which can be very different in size and or personality. It is very similar to choosing which breed of dog or cat is right for you.
Always take into thought before you buy time you have to clean, amount of space you have, age of the owner, how much money you can spend on your turtle, state laws, and many other things.
A lot of turtle owners have started out with a little turtle in a five or ten gallon fish tank only to realize that the turtle would soon get too big for this tank and need a bigger one. Some types of turtles will remain fairly small which enables them to live comfortably in a forty gallon fish tank, but never less. This is why it is essential to find out how big your turtles pets full grown adult size is before you buy it so that you can plan ahead.
The movie Rocky shows the main character having some small turtles as pets, and this is not the proper way to care for them. The wife of Rocky in the movie worked at a pet store and he had two small turtles in too small of a glass bowl in his apartment. They had very little water to swim in, no UVB light, no heat lamp, and way to small of an enclosure. I won’t get into full detail of how to care for your turtles pets in this article, but if you would like to learn right away, just click the link on the right side of this page.
Unless you can prove that you are a university or a research facility, most states won’t allow you to own a turtle less than 4 inches in length. The reason for this is that it is believed that there is a greater risk of contracting salmonella from these smaller types of turtles. Years and years ago some small children had contracted salmonella from putting these smaller turtles in and around there mouths. That is another reason why it is so important to have proper supervision around turtles pets.
Use sound judgment and keep your hands clean each time after handling your turtles pets or any other part of the turtles habitat and you should remain problem free. If you want to start off the right way and learn the basics BEFORE you buy your turtle……..or if you got it and it’s too late…..click one of the links on this page and start moving in the right direction to owning turtles pets.