Useful tips for the novice owner of the terrarium regarding turtles, frogs, newts.
In the territory of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, two species of turtles live, whose life is closely related to water. These are Caspian and swamp turtles. From land they differ in a rather long tail and flattened carapace. The Caspian has well-developed swimming membranes on its paws. In a swamp turtle, the dorsal and ventral shields of the carapace are movably connected.
Turtles have long been a symbol of slowness, but this can only be attributed to land species. Freshwater turtles move easily and quickly both in water and on land.
In captivity, aquatic turtles are kept in the aquaterrarium. Its size depends on the age (size) of the animal and should be sufficient so that the turtle can walk on land and swim in a pond. Usually at home they keep young animals measuring 5-10 centimeters (age from several months to three to four years). The depth of the reservoir should be such that the animal has the opportunity to completely hide in the water. The optimum water temperature is 18-20 degrees. At a lower temperature, turtles are inactive and do not eat. Marsh turtles feed only in water, Caspian turtles. both in water and on land.
In contrast to land turtles, eating plant food, aquatic turtles eat mainly animal feed, only occasionally eating aquatic vegetation. In captivity, they are fed with bloodworms, earthworms, small live fish, you can give small pieces of raw meat and fish.
Aquatic turtles cannot be kept together with newts, frogs, toads, since turtles attack them.
Terrarium for tree frogs. tree frogs should be high, since in natural conditions they spend most of their life in the foliage of trees and shrubs. These graceful creatures have the ability to stay on tree trunks, leaves, even on the smallest branches. Tree frog fingertips are expanded and act like air suction cups.
In the terrarium you can put a pot with some plant with hard leaves. lemon, ivy (thorny plants are unacceptable). The front wall is made of glass, the upper and the side are covered with a net. One of the side walls must open. The back wall is deaf, wooden. To it attach knots, wood mushrooms, etc. The bottom can be wooden, metal or plastic. At the bottom, install a pond, put stones or knots in it so that the animal can freely come out of the water. You can warm the terrarium with a normal aquarium reflex orom.
Tree frogs eat only live food, everything that crawls and flies. flies, cockroaches, flour worms, bloodworms. With varied feeding, tree frogs can live in captivity for a very long time.
The following plants can be used for exaterrariums with the content of newts, salamanders, and small water turtles in them: aquatic. Canadian Elodea, hornwort, wallisneria, ludwig, sagitaria. These plants are planted in washed river sand, poured to the bottom with a layer of 5-7 centimeters.
Of the floating plants suitable: richia, pemphigus, duckweed, salvinia and others. They are placed on the surface of the water. On land, you can plant a tradescantia, various ferns, a begonia river. These plants are not afraid of warm, moist air.