Turtle in the house
Different pets live in our houses. Someone loves dogs more (find out whether it is worth getting a dog in the house), while someone else has cats, and someone prefers to have a turtle in his house. However, no matter what animal or bird, lizard or rodent near you lives, you need to properly care for it. And today in our new publication we are ready to tell you about the features of the care of turtles.
So, do turtles need to be washed, how to care for their shell, do they need to cut their claws – today you can get a comprehensive and professional answer to these and many other questions …
Do you need to bathe turtles
Depending on what type of turtle lives in your house, the answer to this main question depends. If a steppe tortoise has settled under the same roof with you, both in nature and in the conditions of your terrarium, it lives in an environment with low humidity, bathing will be necessary for it. They will be useful for the turtle, as they can stimulate the intestines, and help cleanse the surface of her body from dirt. It will be enough to arrange water procedures once a week, in warm water, having collected so much water in the tank so that the turtle could not drown or drown. After bathing, do not forget to wipe your pet dry with a towel and place it back in a comfortable environment.
If you have a tropical turtle, then it will be enough to put a container of water in the terrarium, and she will decide when to take her a bath.
And, here who does not need to be bathed is the aquatic turtles, in view of their habitat in the aquatic environment. But, if nevertheless such a need arose, you need to wash off the dirt, you can use baby soap, but make sure that it does not get into the mouth, nose and eyes of your water creature.
An alternative to full-fledged water procedures for turtles in need of them can be spraying from a spray bottle with warm water, however, do not overdo it and make sure that the soil in the turtle’s house is not wet and there are no puddles of dirt on it.
Water for swimming turtles
We figured out who we need to bathe, now, let’s talk about what kind of water can wash turtles. It should be warm water, 30-35 degrees. You can replace plain water with chamomile infusion; it softens the skin of turtles. You can also use distilled and boiled water. But, in no case should you wash the animal under water from the tap, cold water.
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How to wash a turtle
In order to wash the turtle, you need to pour warm water into the tank more than 2/3 lower than the height of the lying turtle, but no more. The main thing is that the animal’s nostrils are not in the water. The turtle can be kept in a container with water for 20-30 minutes, monitoring the temperature of the water. If the animal is dirty – it can be gently wiped with a soft sponge.
When the turtle is redeemed, you can get it, get it wet with a towel, dry it and return it to the terrarium, which during your absence, one of your loved ones managed to wash it.
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How to care for tortoise shell
Turtle Shell Care
Many novice tortoises think that in order for their pet’s carapace to shine, it needs to be lubricated with something. This cannot be done. Remember under no circumstances, with the exception of the cream from the fungus, tortoise shell smear. If you notice white plaque or algae on the surface of the shell (especially for water turtles). they can be removed by wiping with Lugol’s solution or lemon juice.
It is not recommended to use tortoise lotions for the shell, since they clog under the exfoliation on the shields and in the pores of the shell, block the flow of air, bacteria stick well to this composition. You can say the same about tips for lubricating the shell with trivit, fish oil, sea buckthorn oil, olive oil, petroleum jelly and even vitamin A. You will get nothing but fungus, toxicity to the body and an overdose of vitamins.
In fact, the beautiful condition of the tortoise shell (when it is shiny and strong) depends on the conditions of your turtle and on its diet. So, do not waste time on external means, but pay attention to the main thing.
Read about shell cracks and other turtles diseases here.
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Tortoise Skin Care
Turtles living in Nature undergo molting processes. In terrestrial species, only the skin sheds, and in small quantities, if you observe strong molting. it is either hypo or hypervitaminosis requiring treatment. When the molting proceeds normally, the turtle should bathe in warm water with baking soda (1 teaspoon of soda per 1 liter of warm water), however, it is not worth abusing soda baths.
In aquatic species of turtles, molting processes proceed almost imperceptibly. Oh, they are only reminiscent of transparent plates exfoliating from the shields and the shed skin of the neck and paws. But, if the molt is tightened and under the guards that have not completely come off, pinkish-beige wounds appear, and red-pinkish spots can be seen on the skin of the tortoise, this indicates that the molting did not end due to a fungal disease. In this case, the tortoise must be shown to the veterinarian so that he can prescribe the necessary course of treatment.
During molting, especially land turtles, to soften the skin, you can use a special non-greasy cream for turtles. It is applied by hand to the skin of the pet daily for 7 days, and then they begin to be applied every other day. You can buy such a cream in a veterinary pharmacy, however, make sure that its composition is as natural as possible, the expiration date has not expired, and it can be applied to the skin surface of turtles.
How to care for the claws and beak of a turtle
Living in the conditions of Nature, turtles independently take care of the condition of their claws and beak. The same can be said of turtles, who have caring owners who adhere to all our recommendations. However, if the pet’s diet consists mainly of protein foods (find out what turtles eat), the turtle is kept on soft ground (in hay or sawdust), then its claws and beak can grow longer than it should be. In this case, the owner should cut them (however, this applies only to land turtles, aquatic species of turtles and never trimmed, for them long claws. This is the norm).
By the way, if you notice that your pet’s beak and claws are growing very fast – this may indicate a lack of calcium and other vitamins in its feed.
As a rule, a strongly grown beak and claws prevent the turtle from moving and eating normally. Therefore, arm yourself with Luer’s nippers or tongs and get down to business.
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How to trim the beak of a turtle
It would be better not to cut the excess process of the beak of the turtle, but to break it off or bite it off with your tools. Make sure that you expose the normal toothed edge of the beak – it can then be trimmed with a file. A properly trimmed beak allows the jaws to close tightly, and during the procedure, if you do everything right, there should be no blood. If you injured the tortoise, or found it has the wrong bite – contact a specialized specialist in turtles – a herpetologist veterinarian. If at the end of the haircut the beak does not close, it is better to leave the extra stratum corneum intact.
If you have a tortoise of the Cuora mouhotii species, it must have a special hook in the upper jaw area that is untouched, because thanks to it they can climb slippery stones.
How to cut the claws of a turtle
For semi-aquatic and terrestrial species of turtles, periodic clipping of the claws is assumed. Aquatic turtles, as we wrote above, do not need to cut them. You can use nail clippers or nail clippers to cut your nails – it depends on what is more convenient for you to work with and what size your turtle is. Only the keratinized areas of the claw, in which there are no blood vessels, the darker parts of the claw – there are blood vessels in them, cannot be cut. If you nevertheless injured the turtle while cutting the nails, try to stop the blood as quickly as possible by blotting the wound with a cotton pad dipped in hydrogen peroxide or lowering the tip of the claw into potassium permanganate.
If you are worried that you will not be able to cope with these cosmetic procedures yourself, it is better to consult a veterinarian. Let him show you at least once how to do it right. In the future, you can easily cope with these tasks yourself.
Today we examined the main points of caring for a turtle at home, and in particular, we learned how to wash a turtle, how to cut its nails and beak, how to care for its skin and shell. As you can see, there is nothing complicated in all of this, but you need to know this information, since the health of your pet will depend on accuracy in terms of caring for the turtle.
And how often do you bathe your turtle, cut its beak and claws? Share with us your experiences, stories, and, of course, photos of your turtle pets.