Our planet is inhabited by 230 species of turtles. These are one of the most unusual and interesting animals living on our planet for 220 million years, so turtles are very popular as pets. Most often at home contain land turtles.
If you decide to purchase this exotic animal as a pet, you need to know that the proper care and maintenance of the turtle – guarantee of her health.
one. Learn the rules for the care and maintenance of turtles.
Before buying a turtle, find out how turtles live, how to feed them and how to care for them. The turtle is not a toy, but a living creature, which does not belong in a box under the sofa.
2. The cost of the turtle.
It will be necessary to spend money and time on the maintenance of the turtle, to allocate part of the space of the apartment under the terrarium. Often turtles are bought or given as a gift to children who, due to their age, have played and forgot about the unfortunate animal, who are slowly dying under the sofa from starvation and, even more dangerous, from the cold. This is a bad experience, especially for children.
3. Feeding a turtle.
When feeding a turtle, special recommendations must be followed; nutrition should be rational and balanced.
four. Terrarium for a land tortoise.
At home, the turtle is kept in a terrarium – a glass, wooden or made of other materials tank. In no case should you keep the turtle on the floor, this will lead to quick or slow death, as well as various dangerous diseases, especially in cold climates. Before equipping a terrarium, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the rules and recommendations for arranging a terrarium for turtles.
five. Domestic turtles do not sleep.
At home, at the proper temperature in the terrarium (28-30 degrees), the turtle does not hibernate.
It is not advisable to keep turtles of different types and sexes in one terrarium.
6. Bathing turtles.
Land turtles bathe 1-2 times a week. Wash turtles with a soft sponge in water with a temperature of about 30 degrees. The height of the water should reach the neck of the turtle so that the water does not get into the eyes, ears, mouth. After washing, the turtle is wiped and placed away from drafts.
7. Clipping of claws and beak.
It happens that the turtle needs to cut its claws and beak, but this procedure is only done if the beak or claws are too big and prevent the turtle from eating and moving normally. Aquatic turtles are usually not trimmed with claws or beak.
eight. Shell care.
Turtles often molt, so during molting their shell is smeared with a special cream for turtles.
9. Walking the turtle.
The turtle needs to be let out of the terrarium for a walk for 30-40 minutes a day. It is necessary to ensure that the walking turtle does not stay in the sun for a long time, nor can the turtle be in drafts, it can catch a cold. When walking on the street, carefully monitor your pet so that it does not get lost, buried in the sand. Sometimes, in order not to lose the turtle, they hang a bright ribbon or attach a beacon for animals. If possible, in the yard they build a paddock for walking the turtles.
ten. Communication with the turtle.
Like any creature, especially a captive, a turtle needs your attention and communication, it can be tamed. It is necessary to give the turtle food from the hands and after a while she will go to you for food, more often hold the turtle in her arms so that she gets used to your smell. Taming a turtle should be gradual, but caressing is not worth it.