Turtles and Tortoises: How to Care for Them

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Turtles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and many people keep them as pets. Some turtles prefer to live on land, while others prefer to spend time in the water. Whether you have a sulcatta tortoise, a box turtle, a painted turtle, a red-eared slider, a side-neck turtle, or another type of turtle, you must ensure that you can adequately care for all of their needs. All turtles require particular lighting and heat, as well as food, a hiding spot, and a secure habitat.

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    Pet turtle

    Turtles, like lizards and snakes, are reptiles, and all reptiles require additional heat to maintain their body temperature. They also need the sun's UVB rays to help them digest vital minerals like calcium. If your turtle lives in an indoor setting, special heat lamps, under-tank heaters, water heaters, ceramic heat emitters, and UVB producing bulbs may be required to keep them healthy.

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    Aquatic Turtle Care


    Water turtles, sometimes known as aquatic turtles, are turtles that spend the most of their time in water, if not all of it. Because these turtles spend the majority of their time swimming like fish, they have unique water requirements in addition to their other requirements.

    A variety of aquatic turtles include red-eared sliders, African side-neck turtles, yellow-bellied sliders, painted turtles, mud turtles, diamondback terrapins, softshell turtles, map turtles, Asian leaf turtles, and even Palawan forest turtles.

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    Some individuals may keep their aquatic turtles in a fairly natural environment, such as an outside pond. This is only achievable in a warm environment or during the warm summer months in a colder climate. During the warm and bright months of the year, outdoor turtles' care requirements are eased in terms of heat and illumination.

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    Box Turtle Care


    Because of their boxy form, many land turtles are nicknamed box turtles. These turtles are all tiny and require comparable care, but their needs differ significantly from those of an aquatic turtle. Box turtles may live up to 50 years if given good care (which is not always easy to come by). Box turtles include Eastern box turtles, Gulf coast box turtles, ornate box turtles, three-toed box turtles, and Asian box turtles.

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    If you provide a safe and secure cage, box turtles can be kept outside. Certain requirements must be satisfied, however, in order for predators to be unable to reach them and for them to be able to hide from the sun if necessary. Sunk-in fencing, a cover for the top of the enclosure, a drinking hole, and a hiding area must all be considered.

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    Tortoise Care


    Tortoises, unlike many of their shelled brethren, are known to live a long period. Because many of these long-lived dogs may outlast their owners, they require particular attention. Before obtaining a tortoise as a pet, you need think about the dietary requirements, cleaning up after these enormous tortoises, and cages.

    Leopard tortoises, Hermann's tortoises, Russian tortoises, red-footed tortoises, sulcata tortoises, Greek tortoises, hingeback tortoises, star tortoises, and radiated tortoises are some of the tortoises that are maintained as pets.

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    You'll need an indoor enclosure if you can't keep your tortoise outside (and outdoor housing might be complicated and tough to maintain). Large tortoises will almost certainly require a custom-built habitat or a full room to themselves. For different seasons of the year, some tortoise owners have both an indoor and an outdoor enclosure.