Archive for October, 2014

The turtles have been roaming the earth for 215 million years. They are cute, have a hard shell and pet turtle Russian popular colors, Spur-thigh tortoises, and red-eared sliders are the most popular. Chances are you’re completely stunned by this turtle at the window of the pet store, but a little preparation before bringing it home to lay the foundations for a lasting relationship, better in the turtle, as in your case.
1) Do your research
The needs of a turtle is very different from that of goldfish. A small network of surfing and reading will help you understand your best friend. Invest in a book on the care of turtles, you choose.
2) To know the species
The requirements are different for different species. So, knowing the specific needs of each species before choosing one that suits your home and climate of the region where you live.
3) Think Tank
Glass tanks with a capacity of 25 to 50 gallons are preferred. You should be aware that the small turtle can take home to several times its size to minors. So when you build a dam, plan accordingly. They must also be equipped with the necessary equipment – filters, aerators, basking lamps and heaters. The substrate used to line the bottom of the tank must not be sharp and should not be large enough to trap and drown turtles. In the tank, there should be an area submerged in water and a high place to bask in the light dry.
Although the optimum growth temperature is different for different species of turtles in general, the temperature inside the tank can be maintained at about 80 ° F during the day and 70 degrees F at night. This can be done with the help of heaters and is especially important in cold climates. Keep decorations minimal. It is likely that your turtle will eat the plants of water and care put into the tank anyway! A week before putting the house in the turtle tank set up and maintain the gear. This will help you identify and fix hitches in advance.
4) basking in the UV
When the turtles sunbathing in the light it receives its share of UVA and UVB rays (two types of ultraviolet radiation) are necessary for proper metabolism and to synthesize vitamin D in the growth of deposits. It also reduces the growth of algae in the body and keeps you from external parasites. Incandescent light bulbs, ceramic emitters, or mercury vapor light bulbs hung over the basking area and provide UV rays. The area itself must be accessible and safe for the turtles and should be 10 ° F warmer than the water. Check the temperature with a thermometer often detects overheating, because it discourages turtles basking, or worse, cause hyperthermia.
5) Ensure Water Quality
If you use tap water in the tank for the water stand for 24 hours before filling. This will remove the chlorine in the water. Turtles are eating disorders and defecate directly into the tank. Therefore, good quality water filters and aerators are needed to ensure cleanliness.
6) Maintain good hygiene
Your turtle can be free of salmonella, but wash your hands before and after handling the turtle or anything that comes into contact with him, will ensure that turtles and is protected against the risk of contamination. Having babies at home calls for some kind of extra attention.
7) Healthy eating
The turtle’s diet should not be limited to commercially available feeds. Enrich your diet with vegetables, fruits, live food (snails, worms, insects, etc), meat (whole fish, small dead mouse), and vitamin D and calcium (hull) covered in food. Among the vegetables, it is best not to feed the turtles also spinach, which can cause calcium oxalate stones. On average, the amount of food required for a turtle is the size that fits on the head and neck. The young turtles eat more: they must be fed daily, and adults over two days. As with humans, overeating affects the health of the turtle. The power of the turtle in a separate bathroom to keep the water in the tank for leftover food and feces released 30-45 minutes after eating.
8) Disease Detection
Watch for symptoms such as swollen eyes (VAD), softshell (bone disease), retention of eggs, urine or feces abnormal, loss of appetite, sluggishness or lethargy, often regurgitate, runny nose, etc. Take the turtle to a veterinary expert on turtles. Even before bringing home turtles, can be examined by a veterinarian to make sure it is healthy and free from Salmonella.
Perhaps the enormous amount of information available are breeding turtles seem like a daunting task. Well, is not, as many turtle owners certified. With a little care and attention of your pet turtle will live many years in good health.