How to keep a red-eared turtle at home?
Turtles – very unpretentious animals and everyone can contain them. And how pleasant it is to relax and look at this beautiful animal, so peacefully living in an aquarium, leisurely fingering its paws! This article will tell you about important content issues faced by the owners of turtles.
How to keep a red-eared turtle at home
Trachemys are medium to large sized turtles whose carapace reaches a length of 7 to 9 cm in males and 10 to 12 in females.
The body shape is classic: an oval body, slightly convex on top and flat at the bottom, a blunt head with peripherally located eyes and a blunt muzzle.
Webbed feet, clawed fingers and a small tail.
The shell and skin are bright green above, and the side of the shell is decorated with green fingerprints, the skin is striped.
Also, what distinguishes this turtle from others is the red stripes located in the eye area.
Air temperature: in the middle of 20 to 27 degrees Celsius
Water temperature: 20-24 degrees for adults, 26-27 degrees for small turtles.
Maintenance and care
These turtles need a large aquarium with a piece of sushi. They are hardy, tolerate various conditions (not demanding on water temperature, pH or hardness), and actively beg for food. Males are quite large and tend to bully females, so you should keep them separate.
These turtles are omnivores. You can feed them food for turtles, crickets, earthworms, sometimes crustaceans and shrimps, aquatic plants (for example, water lilies, water hyacinths, duckweed, lettuce, fern, hornwort), some vegetables (e.g. zucchini, squash, cabbage, beet leaves, leafy cabbage) and some fruits (e.g. banana).
One important point: if you keep the turtle indoors without ultraviolet light, make sure you provide it with a large amount of vitamin D3.
Another important point: it is necessary to provide a sufficient amount of calcium.
The ratio of calcium and phosphorus is preferably 2 to 1 – this is important.
During the first 6 months of life, turtles need to be fed with pellets or meat products (worms, fish, grasshoppers) once a day. This is enough to reduce the appetite of the turtle, and at the same time not to make it overeat. Over time, adjust the diet and schedule for growth, activity level and appetite. Overfeeding with protein foods causes rapid growth, sheath deformation (pyramiding) and is considered harmful to the liver and kidneys. In all age categories, recommendations on the volume of meat products vary: some suggest that it is enough to feed only twice a week, and some simply feed “by eye”.