How to take care of a turtle?
Topic: Synthesising sources of protein
June 17, 2019 / By Cristen Question:
hi this weekand i am going to a lake with tons of turtles and im going to get one. i have NO idea how to do it! what do they eat? how much water should i put in the tank? how often do they eat? how often do i clean the tank? is it a boy or girl? give me as much info. as possible! thanks
Best Answers: How to take care of a turtle?
Bettie | 7 days ago
Tutle care standard:
things you'll need:
Turtle And Terrapin Aquariums
Set up two-thirds of your turtle's aquarium for swimming and one-third for basking, using a full-spectrum ultraviolet light source. Basking is critical for drying and preventing shell problems. And since turtles can't store vitamin D 3, they must be exposed to UVB light for absorption.
Keep the temperature at 77 to 95 degrees F for aquatic and semi aquatic species. Use an aquarium heater when needed; turtles and terrapins become sluggish and stop eating in low temperatures.
Keep the water clean to prevent health problems. Use an aquarium filtration system to maintain optimal water quality.
Prevent your turtle's environment from becoming soiled by either netting or siphoning off all fecal matter as soon as possible. Fecal buildup can cause health problems.
Clean the entire aquarium (including the filtration system) at least once a month. Clean ponds or large enclosures where the animal spends time at least every three to six months.
Offer a complete commercial diet made specifically for turtles and terrapins. Check with experts for exact dietary requirements and amounts for your species.
Supplement the diet with appropriate snacks: Earthworms, crustaceans, small fish, mouse pups, algae, leafy green vegetation and fruit are examples of suitable foods for terrapins. Semi aquatic species tend to be herbivorous - they tend to eat plants only.
Feed your pet two to three times a week in a small holding tank that is separate from its normal enclosure; uneaten food can attract disease - causing microorganisms.
Rinse off your turtle after a feeding with slightly warm water before returning him to his enclosure.
Find a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles, amphibians and other exotic pets to provide care for your turtle.
Turtles are usually opportunistic feeders. In other words, they grab it when they can because they really aren't sure when they might get the chance to eat again. Do not be fooled---turtles will learn to recognize you and any food containers you have. They will quickly have you trained! Overfeeding is one of the most common mistakes in captive care. Keep in mind that they are not always hungry...but they are always looking for a meal because it's how they survive in the wild. They don't know that you are going to feed them routinely, so keep a regular schedule and try not to veer from it.
As far as a diet goes, you want something high in calcium yet low in phosphorus. Stay away from fatty foods and those with a high carbohydrate and protein content unless the turtle is a strict carnivore. Don't over-feed or under-feed anything; even if it is good for their diet.
In nature, turtle diet varies wildly by species, locality and season. Sometimes even by gender (i.e.: some map turtles). Alligator snappers, RES, female Barbour’s map turtles ( the latter with considerable mollusk intake and specialized large head with crushing jaws vs males being more insectivorous)…a RES or painted turtle in a lush river backwater vs a poorly vegetated cattle pond…the sparsely vegetated and relatively invertebrate-poor days of early Spring vs the abundance of late Summer…all these factors play important roles. What’s more, temperate locality turtles may have a few months of hibernation, rest periods without eating, and when they emerge cool water and scarce prey and vegetation may extend the effective Winter’s fast. Wild turtles generally have more sun exposure and in theory can thus synthesize more Vitamin D3. There’s more to the issue than nutrients (fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals). There’s also the question of food’s relative proportions and physical characteristics like fiber/roughage content (as when we read high-fiber diets give humans lower colon cancer risk).
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First of all, make sure catching one is legal. And before you do so, find out what species are present in the lake. Research its needs BEFORE taking it. I can only offer some basic advice: The tank should be spacious enough to accomodate it comfortably. There should be a basking spot, and a place to submerge. The water should be changed every day, and the tank cleaned with soap and water once a month. It would probably be a good idea to collect food from the lake itself, if possible, but get a calcium powder supplement. Put it back right away if you ever tire of caring for it.
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the only turtle that would stay in a 35 gallon is a musk turtle. Fill the tank 5 to 6 inches with water and grant a clear out no heater. purchase a plastic basking platform as logs boost mildew. Get a UVB/UVA bulb approximately 50 watts and place it promptly above the basking platfirm. purchase a thermometer and place it purchase the platform. The temp would desire to be eighty 5 to ninety 5 ranges F. handle the water such as you will possibly routinely do with a fish and sparkling the platform as quickly as a month. do no longer positioned something on the backside of the tank because it might desire to injure your turtle. They consume a 50/50 mix of bugs and greens. greens comprise bok choy,carrots,duckweed,and dandelion vegetables. do no longer feed him cabbage or lettuce. bugs comprise grasshoppers,mealworms,and crickets. do no longer capture the bugs purchase them from a save. two times an afternoon daily put in the nutrition and take out something he doesnt consume in 15 minutes. leave the sunshine on 12 hours an afternoon. ultimately musk turtles stay 20 to 30 years. Oh and no fish could be saved with them.
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Start by learning what species are found there. Then spend a year researching what you need to do and buy in order to care for a turtle. It varies a lot with species. Next year, get a fishing license, if you need to, and go hunting for your turtle.
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Originally Answered: Aquatic turtle?
- With 2 biggish turtles, about 10 gallons of water is pretty small. They will experience less stress, and you will find tank management easier, if you got them over 50 gallons- 200 would be a lot better.
- With turtles like this, many keepers go to kiddie ponds or plastic stock tanks to offer enough water. Outdoor ponds are another common option.
- Think about a way to provide ultra-violet light. They need it to synthesize vitamin D in their skin, and UV does not penetrate glass.
- Calcium blocks (water conditioners) are not usually needed in well-managed set-ups. The calcium would come from the diet.
- Try adding fish to the diet as well- worms and frogs are good snacks, but they don't have a ton of calcium, etc.
- If the turtles are adults, add some dark green leafy greens (lightly boiled- very lightly!)
A good website for pond turtles in general is http://www.redearslider.com even if most of it is geared towards one species.