- Tips for choosing a home
- How to do it yourself?
- What to look for when buying?
- Soil selection
- Temperature and light
- About nutrition
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Those who bring turtles, land or water, need to know that they need their own home. You can, of course, provide the turtle with complete freedom of action, but this can adversely affect its health.
In nature, they live at certain, very warm temperatures. And, if you decide to settle an animal in yourself, you need to provide him with a temperature as close to natural conditions as possible.
The choice of housing for your pet depends on its suitability for the life of the turtle, as well as on your financial capabilities and, of course, resourcefulness. I think many in childhood lived with turtles in cardboard boxes that brought grass from the street. However, such an existence may not be useful to them.
Tips for choosing a home
There are plastic terrariums. Usually they are intended for rodents. Carrying for cats can also be a suitable home for your pet.
How to do it yourself?
One of the easiest options might be wooden box, it can be purchased, as well as made by yourself.
This can be done from four boards using a hammer and nails. It is necessary to make several openings for air access.
Make the top and sides removable for easy access to the terrarium.
What to look for when buying?
A positive quality of such a home is that you can adjust the desired temperature, because It has special mounts for lamps. It will be better if one of the walls is removable, because for a comfortable life the turtle needs soil. When buying terrariums from another material, it is also better to pay attention to the convenience of parsing.
As for the size of the dwelling, it should be about 6 times the size of the animal itself. Ideally, the volume should be several meters. If you have more than one turtle, then you need to calculate the volume for each so that it is convenient for them.
In case of doubt about the age of the pet, it is better to choose a home "for growth". In nature, turtles move freely, so the larger the terrarium, the more comfortable your pet will be. This is the convenience of a glass terrarium, because it has a displacement, and you can accurately determine the desired size.
Video: Compatible with other fish
In the home improvement, as already mentioned, a soil layer is required. If he is gone, the turtle, crawling, can grind its claws or damage its legs. Many consider it permissible to replace the soil with hay for rodents. It is better not to do this, because the branches can cause damage to the animal.
Read what terrariums are for eared turtles, temperature, lighting.
From here you will learn how much the red-eared turtle can live in optimal home conditions.
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The best soil will be sand and gravel, coarse pebbles, sawdust and wood chips. It is possible to use several types of filler at once.
It is necessary to avoid sharp and small elements in the filling of the home.
Soil performs many functions: it absorbs liquid feces and impurities, maintains the level of humidity, and turtles love to dig into it.
Temperature and light
Suitable for turtles incandescent lamps (40-60 W), as well as special ultraviolet reptile lamps. From the ultraviolet, the turtles get the vitamin D they need for their full life. There are also various kinds of "bottom heating".
For tropical species of turtles, there should be a swimming pool and a hydrometer (a thermometer to control the temperature in the terrarium). It is better to put the bathing near the lamp or heater to keep the water warm.
The animal constantly needs water, for this you need to put a drinker. As a drinking bowl you can use a shallow bowl, with low edges, so that the turtle can easily get drunk. Drinking water should be at room temperature.
Turtles are not allowed: meat, milk, bread.
Foods for rodents are not useful to them, because they leach calcium from the body.
Preferably: bell peppers, carrots, eggplant, apples, pumpkin, tomatoes, zucchini, berries. Dandelion, plantain and salad for them are sources of fiber. 1-2 times a week you can low-fat fish, beans, peas, mushrooms.
Suitable fish: Perch, cod, blue whiting, hake, crucian carp.
Video: how to assemble?
The location of the terrarium should be the darkest in the apartment. It is not recommended to place the turtle near electrical appliances and computers. Irradiation is harmful to the animal.
You may be interested in the blue aquarium fish, especially its habitat and reproduction.
How to properly maintain a water turtle at home, what is recommended to feed. http://tvoipitomec.info/cherepahi/vodyanaya-cherepaha-v-domashnih-usloviyah.html
Not worth it:
- feed the turtles cat food,
- letting walk around the apartment unattended, because the animal can get stuck and damaged somewhere,
- allow contact with other household
- keep in a terrarium too small
- put the terrarium on a cold floor (the animal can catch a cold),
- feed with medicinal or poisonous plants.
- to diversify the diet
- in the warm season, one hour a day walking in the sun,
- Once a week, bathe in warm water (water should be poured into the bathing place to the level of the shell so that the animal does not choke).