Indoor Water Turtles
Outdoor Pond Turtles
Indoor Box Turtles/Tortoises
Owning a turtle or tortoise and wanting to provide it with the best care you can will requires you to buy the right supplies and accessories. Allowing your turtles to simply roam free in the backyard and throwing out a few heads a lettuce a week is not enough to keep them happy or healthy. With keeping these types of pets, you should first and foremost, learn how to take care of a turtle by reading the information that is available. If however you already know the basics of taking care of your pet, the following information will help you select the most appropriate supplies and accessories for your specific breed of turtle. When viewing the products we suggest bellow, we recommend that you read all the reviews of the people that bought the particular item. Every product has pros and cons and may or not work for your setup or situation.
Accessories for Aquatic Turtles
Aquatic turtles can be kept in a turtle aquarium tank that has a minimum length of 4-5 times as long as the turtle is long; 3-4 times as wide as your turtle is long and have a water depth that is 1.5 times deeper than the turtle is long. A small turtle (less than 5 inches) can usually live in a 20 gallon breeder tank and larger turtles (around 10 inches)can live in a 120 gallon tank.
A turtle topper is a great way to expand the size of your aquatic turtle’s living space and provide a basking platform. Many of these are designed to fit on standard size tanks. Make sure you read up on the dimensions on topper to find out if a particular model will fit onto your current aquarium. If you are handy, you might be able to build a turtle topper of your own. If you do so, make sure it’s built using materials that are not toxic and won’t injury your pet. Don’t use anything that a turtle can get stuck in or cut on; like a wire wrung ladder that your turtle’s toes can get caught in.
A good quality aquarium filter is a good way to keep the water in your tank clean and well circulated. Dirty water is the main reason why aquatic turtles get sick so investing a filtration system is a good idea. In addition to buying a filter, feeding your turtles in a separate feeding tank will help minimize and reduce debris that will add to the bioload which can result in algae growth.
Your turtle’s water should be at a safe temperature for your pet. That means it shouldn’t be too cold or too warm. Cold water temps is another reason why turtles get sick and too warm can cause health problems too. If you don’t have a aquatic turtle heater, the water temperatures can drop to unhealthy levels when the air temperature inside your house drops during the winter or when the air conditioning is on. In tank heaters, under tank heat pads and even overhanging heating elements can help keep the water temperature stable.
If you keep your turtles inside, you need to provide them with a light that gives off both UV A and UV B light spectrum. This type of light is the same thing you would get from the sun and is necessary to keep you turtle healthy. When you attach a light onto your tank, you need to make sure it is set at the proper height above the living space so it doesn’t overheat the habitat. You also need to make sure there’s no plastic or glass that the light has to pass through before reaching your turtles. UV B light will be deflected away if it hits glass. Splashproof lights might be a good idea as well.
Purchasing cleaning equipment will make your upkeep and maintenance a whole lot easier. A lot of times it’s not easy to get in and clean your turtle’s tank efficiently using everyday household cleaning supplies. Furthermore, these everyday items might contain toxic chemicals and should not be used in or around your tank. Consider getting a few items that you only plan to use for pets. One piece of equipment we recommend to make your life easier is an aquarium water changer
Supplies for Box Turtles and Tortoises
Bedding and Substrate
Buying the right bedding and substrate is an important aspect of providing a good home for your turtles and tortoises. Depending on the species, you will need to either get a dry substrate or one that is moist. Box turtles and tropical tortoises like the moist bedding and desert species need dry bedding. Dry substrates for tortoises typically consist of a loose soil and sand mixture. Sand, rocks and gravel can be picked up at your local garden center and be mixed in with your top soil.
Food Treats and Feeding Dishes
A well balance diet is essential to the health of your pet turtle. Fresh food is always the best solution but some commercial brand foods and supplements can help make up for any lack of vitamins and or minerals you might not know you are lacking. Food dishes are not usually necessary; a flat stone is sufficient enough for a food dish and a shallow tub or saucer makes for a good soaking and drinking dish.
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