As a rule, at home they contain red-eared turtles. But recently, interest in this species of reptile has somewhat weakened, and many plant yellow-eared turtles. This is due to the fact that this species of turtles has a more attractive appearance.
What is the difference between the red-eared and yellow-eared turtles?
The yellow-eared turtle belongs to one of the subspecies of the red-eared, and they can be distinguished only in appearance: yellow tortoise has a brighter color, and on the shell you can see interesting patterns. By the shade of the auricle, one can clearly determine which subspecies the turtle belongs to. As for the remaining signs, they are almost identical.
The behavior of yellow-eared turtles at home is no different from the behavior of red-eared turtles. As in any other business, keeping animals requires a serious approach, then the turtle will grow and develop for everyone to enjoy.
Maintenance and care do not require a special approach, but you should always remember that turtles of this subspecies can grow up to 20 cm or more. Therefore, when arranging a home, this factor should be taken into account so that the turtle is not crowded. In this case, an aquarium is taken, not high and not wide, but long enough so that you can divide the space into two parts.
Despite the fact that this species of turtles (yellow-eared and red-eared) is related to aquatic, the tortoise definitely needs land. You can arrange land in any way possible: put a large stone at the bottom of the aquarium so that it peeks out from the water or pour some kind of soil. In short, the main thing is that the land is higher than the water level, and the turtle could easily climb onto it. If there is enough space in the aquarium, then you can pour soil and plant suitable plants, then the turtle will feel at all like in natural conditions. In this case, there is a huge space for the flight of your imagination.
Since this is a water turtle, its diet is very wide and without animal food, such as tadpoles, fish fry, small frogs, etc., it cannot grow and develop normally. At the same time, it is impossible to discount plant food, which it needs no less than an animal. They eat salad, young leaves of dandelion and clover. The diet should be planned. This suggests that you can’t feed a pet with one type of food.
At a young age, when the animal is actively growing, it is necessary to offer the turtle food regularly, and if the turtle is adult, then it is enough to eat it once every 2-3 days. The turtle will eat as much food as it needs. It is noted that more active individuals eat more than sedentary ones.
Each individual sleeps as much as it needs. Like nutrition, sleep is related to an individual factor. Under proper conditions and a proper diet, the turtle leads an active lifestyle and sleeps only at night. Some individuals can sleep almost constantly, but this does not mean that this is not normal.
This type of turtles can hibernate and this should be monitored, since sleep under such conditions can harm the turtle. This is due to the fact that the conditions in nature and the conditions of the apartment are two different things. So that the turtle does not try to sleep, it must be kept at the upper limits of permissible temperatures. If this does not happen and for some reason the temperature has dropped, the turtle may try to sleep. Therefore, the temperature regime must be monitored regularly, and if necessary, raise the temperature to the upper limit.
Bathing. How do turtles drink?
Jaundice turtles need regular swimming, with a frequency of 1-2 times in 2 weeks. This will be quite enough to establish a balance of fluid in her body, as well as for hygiene. Therefore, it does not make sense to install various drinking bowls or something like this.
Particular attention should be paid to the presence of UV radiation, since its absence is directly related to the appearance of rickets in a turtle. In addition, the UV lamp helps to kill various microorganisms. This suggests that such a lamp is of double benefit, and this fact should not be ignored, otherwise problems in the content will quickly make themselves felt.
To prevent the tortoise from overcoming fungal diseases, you need to regularly refresh the water in the aquarium. At the same time, you should know that changing the water completely and often is not recommended, so as not to upset the bio-balance in her home. It is advisable that the aquarium be equipped with a powerful filter. This will also bring a certain particle of positive in the organization of the maintenance of the yellow-eared turtle. In other words, if this approach is an integrated approach. If this is not done, then taking care of the turtle will take on an unexpected, negative character associated with the search for a veterinarian. And this is by all means – treatment and medication, and sometimes surgery. But it can be even worse – the pet may die, and this is certainly a psychological trauma, especially for children.