These reptiles are fairly easy to care for, but they need some basic care to stay healthy. Therefore, today we will discuss how you can take care of a water turtle in the best way.
It can be very fun to have a water turtle, especially for children.
Basic care to care for a water turtle
As good an aquarium as possible
A water turtle will spend most of its life in the aquarium, so the first step is to choose from the right tank. This is the place where the turtle will grow and develop.
When choosing a tank, you should keep in mind that water turtles grow quite large. You get them most of the time as they are only a few weeks old, but they will be much bigger as adults.
So find out what kind of turtle you will adopt and then select a suitable aquarium or tank.
Water turtles are quite active and enjoy swimming freely. Not just to exercise, but also to express yourself.
The tank where the turtle stays should be large enough for it to swim and move freely in.
Preparation of the tank
Water turtles are cold-blooded animals. This means that they regulate their body temperature with the help of the environment.
This means that your turtle will spend many hours underwater. However, it will also need a dry place where it can sunbathe, dry and regulate its temperature.
You can install a lamp in a strategic corner to ensure that it always has light, especially during the winter.
The main temperature in the water should be between 24 and 26 degrees. There are heating systems that can maintain this temperature during the year. Be sure to check out what is right for your particular turtle.
Take care of a water turtle with a balanced diet and nutrition
The most basic need of the water turtle is its diet. It is important for it to be able to develop its physical and cognitive abilities.
The perfect diet for your turtle depends on the age of the animal and general health.
A water turtle needs to consume large amounts of protein as it grows, up to the third year. During this phase, the reptile will grow rapidly, so the diet must include animal protein such as worms, crickets, small fish and shrimp.
After the third year, the turtle will gradually reduce its intake of animal protein and then mostly eat plants.
You should include edible seaweed, green leaves and lettuce in your diet. This will counteract constipation, which is very common in these animals.
You can find turtle food in most pet stores. This type of food is good because it contains balanced proportions of all nutrients.
However, it is also recommended that you include fresh and natural foods in your diet.
Toxic food for turtles
Here is a list of toxic foods that you should not give to your water turtle:
- Vegetables: Never add peppers, beans, mushrooms, asparagus, sweet potatoes or pumpkin to the turtle’s diet.
- Meat: It is never a good idea to give turtles red or white meat with a lot of saturated fat. They should eat fish, worms, shrimp and small insects.
- Fruit: The best fruits for turtles are apples, pears, watermelons and other melons. Do not give them citrus fruits or bananas
Preventive medicine to care for a water turtle
Like all other pets, turtles can get sick if they are not cared for properly.
Poor care of the tank is usually the main reason why turtles get sick, because then a lot of viruses and bacteria tend to occur.
The best way to keep them in good health is therefore to clean the tank regularly. Change the water at least once a week and do a deep cleaning at least every two months. Use a neutral soap and warm water for that.
You should also take the turtle to the vet every six months for a checkup.