Pet Turtle Guide!

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How can you identify whether your pet turtle is a male or female? Here’s how to tell the difference between them.

This is how you can check a Water Turtles Gender. There are different characteristics which will tell them apart which are the:

Size: in many turtle species the females are bigger than the male turtle, once thy have reached their full sexual maturity.

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Shell: You can determine the difference between a male and a female tortoise by looking at the bottom of the tortoise’s shell, which is concave on males and convex on females.

Gular Scutes: the plate-like, hard scales on its shell, these are considerably smaller than the males.

Tail: the tails are also going to be longer than females. 

Male turtles have a concave (curved in) plastron while females have a flat one.

Claws: Males have usually larger claws than female turtles

What do pet turtles eat?

Pet turtles are generally omnivores, meaning they eat both meat and vegetation. Animal products, vegetables, and fruits should all be included in an adult pet turtle’s diet. Younger turtles, require a greater proportion of animal-based meals but the amount of animal and vegetable food your pet turtle requires is determined by its species.

Sources of animal food Processed pet meals like drained sardines, turtle pellets, and trout chow are examples of animal-based food sources for turtles. Cooked chicken, beef, and turkey are also good options. Moths, shrimp, crickets, feeder fish, and worms are examples of live prey. Fruits and vegetables can include apples, bananas, berries, mangoes, asparagus, carrots, peas and bell peppers.

DO NOT FEED BROCOLLI to your TURTLE!

Broccoli is one of the common veggies that should not be offered to turtles. While broccoli offers numerous health benefits for humans, it is not recommended for frequent feeding to your turtle.

Glucosinolate and riboflavin, which both convert to goitrogens, are found in broccoli. These substances can interfere with your turtle’s thyroid activity, limiting their ability to absorb iodine. This could cause liver and renal problems, and it could even be fatal.

Also Avoid feeding your turtles any sort of dairy products.

Creating Your Turtle’s Home

Turtles are classified into two groups based on their habitat, terrestrial and aquatic. Box turtles are terrestrial turtles that live on land. They can be found in moist regions all over the world, such as the mossy portions of woodlands. An outdoor cage with high walls and a top to ward off predators is a good environment for a box turtle.

Set up an indoor environment for your box turtle if you live in a colder or warmer region.

Box turtle Vs Aquatic turtle

Box turtles enjoy digging, so make sure they have plenty of dirt, shredded newspaper, potting soil to keep them occupied. A certain amount of moisture is required by box turtles to survive, so make sure your turtle’s pen has lots of rotting dry leaves and moist soil, as well as a warm shoe box where the turtle can hide or rest. Your outdoor turtle should never be kept in a glass aquarium. The glass will heat up like a greenhouse, and your poor creature will be cooked!

Aquatic turtles reside in swampy, muddy places with dense vegetation, such as lakes and ponds, in their natural habitat. They require a habitat that includes both clean water for swimming and dry land for resting and sunbathing. A tank with a capacity of at least 40 gallons should provide enough space for your pet turtle to walk around in.

Fill the bottom of your turtle’s tank with small rocks so it may dig around and enjoy. You may also create a private island for your turtle by placing a large rock or floating log in the center of the water.

Aquatic turtles require a separate place for drinking water in addition to a swimming area. Chlorine and fluorine in tap water can disrupt the pH balance of the water and kill the turtle.

Turtles, both terrestrial and aquatic, require sun exposure. If you want to keep your turtle indoors and don’t have frequent access to a lot of natural light, you’ll need to invest in a basking lamp that mimics the sun’s UV rays. Sunlight provides sufficient levels of vitamin D and calcium to turtles.

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