Many people choose water turtles as pets because of their many conditions. In general, they do not require much care and maintenance of their conditions is simple. In addition, they are often fun to watch in their daily activities. In this post we will tell you what basic care your water turtle will need to be happy and healthy at home.
Water turtle care
- Warm environment. Water turtles are cold-blooded animals. This is why the environment in which they live must be warm enough to keep them healthy. In your aquarium the temperature should be between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius. Depending on where you can place the aquarium, an ultraviolet light lamp will also be necessary.
- Clean water. Water care is very important to keep this cute little animal in good health. A good idea is to install a filter. This will purify the water of debris and impurities. If you cannot install such equipment, you will have to change the water more frequently. On the other hand, it is also a good idea to use products to remove chlorine from the water. This is recommended in places where the water comes with a lot of chlorine, as this could damage the turtle’s eyes.
- Food. Water turtles are omnivorous, meaning that they eat a wide variety of foods. These include meat, fruits and vegetables. In the market you can find specific food for water turtles. This type of food is usually formulated to meet the nutritional needs of the water turtle. However, it is best to consult your veterinarian for advice on the best diet to offer your tortoise. One recommendation is that when you give him meat, it should be cooked. On the other hand, food must be offered inside the water, otherwise it will not be eaten.
- Terrarium. The terrarium will be your water turtle’s habitat, so make sure it is the right one. It should have enough space for you to move around in it comfortably. In general, you should have an area with water and a dry area. The aquatic area should be deep enough for you to swim comfortably. Remember that most of the day will be underwater. The dry area should have enough space for you to lie down and rest in the sun. It is also a good idea for them to have an island or a log in the water, so they can get out of the water whenever they want.
- Lighting. The water turtle needs to receive sunlight for at least two hours each day. While it should ideally be in a space where it can bask in the sun, if this cannot be achieved, it will need an ultraviolet light lamp. With this you will be able to prevent diseases and malformations that your pet could have in case of not receiving enough light.
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