If you’ve decided to add a turtle to your family, congratulations to the reptile family!
But all joking aside, it’s important to know how to choose the best turtle for you. You can’t just choose a turtle based on their looks or the availability at the store.
Turtles come in all shapes and sizes, with different living environments and dietary needs that you will need to be prepared to accommodate.
The best way you can pick the ideal turtle is by taking some time to learn about the different species of turtles. We have all the tips you need to know in order to choose a turtle for you.
Considerations When Choosing A Turtle:
Before you make your way to the pet store, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What turtle temperament would I like to see in my pet?
2. How big would I like my turtle to get?
3. Is the appearance of my turtle important to me?
4. Do I have the means to accommodate the needs of just any turtle?
5. Do I need a permit or license to keep a turtle in my location?
Once you have answered these questions, you can begin your search for the perfect turtle companion. The follow turtles are perfect for turtle owner beginners:
The Red Ear Slider Turtle:
The most popular species of turtle in the world! The red ear slider can grow up to be 11 inches in size and are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and meat. The red ear slider is a sun bather and requires special lighting, as well as a place out of water to bask. The red ear slider is the perfect pet for owners 12 years of age and older.
The Caspian Pond Turtle:
The Caspian pond turtle or the striped neck terrapin, can grow to be nine inches in length and is perfect for owners over 12 years of age. These turtles are omnivores that require both plant vegetation and meat to fulfill their dietary needs. The Caspian is a semi-aquatic turtle, meaning that his enclosure will require both water and land.
The Painted Turtle:
The painted turtle is well named, displaying an array of colors. The painted turtle is medium sized, growing to about seven inches in length. This turtle is an omnivore, is semi-aquatic and is ideal for teenage to adult ownership.
The Painted Wood Turtle:
Not to be confused with the painted turtle, the painted wood turtle can be found in Central America—which is why it also referred to as the Central American wood turtle.
This turtle is semi-aquatic, but can only swim in shallow water, and requires large sun basking areas in captivity. This species of turtle is an herbivore, meaning they eat plant based material. However, this turtle does eat the occasional worm or insect that enters his tank.
The painted wood turtle grows to a length of inches and is ideal for mature pet owners.
The African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle:
The African aquatic sideneck turtle is primarily an aquatic turtle, but they do require a small land area to bask. These turtles can grow up to eight inches in length and are omnivores.
The African aquatic sideneck turtle is the perfect pet turtle for owners of a mature age.
Anyone of these turtle make the ideal pet for first-time turtle owners and younger owners that are older than 12 years of age.
Once you have selected your turtle, make sure to follow up with a turtle or tortoise veterinarian to ensure your turtle is getting everything he needs. Turtles make excellent pets and when an owner is making an informed decision on their turtle, a positive experience is bound to happen.
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