Are you looking for a new pet?
The most popular pet in America are dogs, followed close behind the cat and of course the fish. Though who can have just one.
I have had the honor of loving a few different pets in my lifetime.
A turtle, dogs, cats, freshwater fish, and hamsters. Each pet has its own personality and different needs. If you are looking to add a pet to your home you have come to the right place.
Each week I will showcase about a different type of animal that may or may not be the right pet for you.
This week we are talking about Turtles!
Turtles are fascinating creatures and can be a great companion for many, many years. It is hard however to find a place to purchase, though I was able to find a site pretty easily online. A lot of people find turtles in ponds, streams, lakes or migrating on the side of the road. Before picking up a turtle it is best to be familiar with the different breeds. I recommend finding a local company to purchase your pet turtle.
One of the most popular turtles for pet ownership is the Red Ear Slider. These turtles can reach up to 13″ in length and will live for 20-25 years. They require a larger enclosure, at least a 40-gallon tank. They will need a place to take a swim and a land basking spot with a UV heat lamp with a temp of 75-85 degrees F. Red Ear Sliders have an omnivorous diet. They will eat commercial pellets but flourish on worms, crickets, fresh plants such as kale, zucchini, green lettuce and sweet potato.
Box turtles are another popular choice for picking out a pet turtle. A few things to keep in mind when choosing the box turtle. These reptiles can live for 40-100 years. They do best housed outdoors with swimming and land enclosures with burrowing choices. If housed indoors offer UV lights that range in temperatures. Box turtles need a high protein diet, especially in the younger years. Choices should include but not limited to snails, worms, eggs, minnows, slugs, fruit and veggies. Ask your veterinarian for the best choice for your pet turtle.
The razor backed Musk turtles are another popular choice for pet ownership. They are very hearty and live about 15 years. They are easier to take care of than the previous mentioned. They can flourish in a 20-gallon tank though be sure to use less decoration. razor backed musk turtles will rummage around making their home, just that their home. Just the way they want. They do need to have water to swim in and land to dry with a temperature of around 90 degrees F. These turtles like worms and commercial pellets.
Growing up our pet turtle was a red ear slider. He was the funniest little guy! He would race around the sun room for exercise with our bull terrier dog named Caper. Jeffery would eat pellets and would eat from our hands. So cute to see his little tongue! It was so fascinating to see him grow. Turtles grow by the shell peeling or shedding in sections. I remember waking up every day so excited to inspect Jeffrey’s shell. Turtles are a lot of fun and are great companions. If you are able to commit to potentially many years of caring for a turtle this is a great option for you and your family!
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It is best to ask your veterinarian for any instructions on caring for your turtle or any other pets. I am not a veterinarian and this post is not intended for any instructions for care of any pet or any future pet(s) in your care.