Content corpse tortoise in the conditions of a city apartment it is not very difficult if you take the trouble to prepare the little that is necessary for her.
Rubella Homer. The author of the photo is Veronika Kulikova.
For a tortoise with a shell length of 5 cm, approximately 15-20 liters of water are needed. The water area should be equipped with an island, which should give the turtle the opportunity to be both on land and in shallow water so that it can breathe easily with its head up.
Water for a red-eared turtle needs to be heated, temperature should not be lower than 25-28 ° С. For heating and temperature control, it is necessary to have an aquaterrarium heater with a temperature controller and a thermometer. Water purification must be done using an external aquarium filter of absolutely any type. A complete replacement of water in the aquaterrarium must be carried out as necessary, the water must be left standing for 2-3 days.
The presence of soil and gardening for an adult turtle is optional, since they either damage or eat them. But gardening is necessary for young animals, turtles willingly hide among greenery. The greenery is very decorated with the aquaterrarium, which justifies its presence and certain difficulties caused by its presence.
Rubella (bottom view). The author of the photo is Veronika Kulikova.
In wild nature aquatic turtles feed on both plant and animal food. When the tortoise is kept in captivity, it is fed with small pieces of fish, meat and liver. Trachemys with great pleasure eats bloodworms, daphnia. Turtles are given fish finely chopped with small pieces of bones. Freshly frozen fish must be thawed. Fatty fish and meat are not recommended for turtles; this can lead to digestive upset. Turtles also need plant foods, they can be given lettuce, dandelion, young cabbage, duckweed and various algae. Meals should alternate. Up to two years, young turtles are fed every day, adults. 2-3 times a week. In winter, vitamin D is added to the feed due to the lack of sunlight, as well as irradiation with ultraviolet light outside the water, putting the turtle in a separate container. For this purpose, you can use any sources of ultraviolet radiation used in medicine and in everyday life, strictly observing the rules set out in the instructions attached to the device. In summer, it is necessary to take the turtle to sunlight.
If you decide to start breeding turtles, then the first thing that is important is to learn how to determine sex. The male turtles have a longer tail than the female, and he also has a recess on the plastron, necessary for fixing the male on the female. Puberty occurs for males at 3 years old, for females. at 4, but often the eggs during these periods are not fertilized or there are many problems with the development of the embryo. Therefore, the best age for mating. not earlier than 5-6 years. Turtles mate throughout the year, but most actively. from February to May, eggs are laid from July to September. The tortoise’s eggs are laid in sand or peat, so in the water tank you need to put a shovel of sufficient size with sand and a convenient entrance so that the turtle can bury its eggs.