Tips for Feeding Your Turtle

Min Liu By Min Liu, 26th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Having a turtle as company is fun, but absolutely doesn't mean an easy job. My tips of feeding tortoise are what you need if you happen to have one in the house.

Things You Need to Know About Keeping a Turtle

If you happen to have a turtle and think your pet choice is of ease and simplicity as I used to do, I’m sorry to say you are not ready to keep a turtle yet. Many believe reptile is easier to take care of comparing to cat or dog. The truth is you need more patience and preparation if wanting to be a know-how master of turtle. Keep reading, and let’s get you prepared for it.

Starting from what to feed your reptile pet, I highly reject the turtle foods packed in plastic bags sold in store. Those foods claim and promise plenty of nutrients, most of which are not guaranteed. If exclusively dependent on intake of those manufactured provision, your turtle mostly will ill-develop. Try to find a variety of nutrient source, like fresh fish, shrimps, and worms, from which your turtle can get adequate calcium and protein. Depending on species, your turtle may also have its favorite fruits or vegetables, so treat your reptile buddy with its favorites often too.

The living environment is important for turtle to live a comfortable and happy life. Tortoise can be divided into several categories of species, each of which requires clean and spacious habitat. If your turtle is amphibian, make sure to clean its home and change water daily. And if the tap water is your only option to provide for your pet, remember to sunbathe it for at least 24 hours so as to volatilize chloride, a substance that jeopardizes your tortoise’s health, before use.

Sunbath is necessary too. Tortoise shell can only well grow under the stimulation of UV light when calcium is absorbed. If possible, let your little friend out for a walk under the sun often. When natural sunbath can’t be guaranteed, you need to get an ultraviolet lamp especially designed for reptiles and use it at least half an hour every day. Daily sunbath helps to build your turtle a strong immune system.

For most reptile species, temperature is very vital. Most types of tortoise go by weather to hibernate, which makes it normal to see them slowing down movements or losing appetite during winter months, but if it gets too cold, tortoise can still freeze to death, so you need to improve room temperature when that happens. Also, if under a comfy temperature, your turtle is constantly listless, you need to be alert, and a vet trip may be needed.

These are must-know information if you intend to have a long-lived turtle as company. As has been mentioned, keeping a tortoise is in fact requiring at least same effort done as having a dog or cat. If patient enough to read my article up to this point, you’ve done the first step of becoming a know-how turtle master.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Dec 2013 (#)

We have a pet turtle who mostly eats crickets. I think the diet of turtles and tortoises is different.

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author avatar Min Liu
27th Dec 2013 (#)

It depends on the species, I think. I have two turtles in the house, and it seems to me they basically eat everything including rice,

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