Taking on a pet requires a certain level of commitment. For the most part, you will be responsible for the safety and well-being of another creature. Taking care of a turtle is no easy task.
Choosing from among the types of pet turtles will entail careful thought. You will want to select a pet whose lifestyle can easily jive with your own way of living.
Here are common types of pet turtles that you can consider rearing.
The box turtle is one of the more popular types of pet turtles that are found practically all over the world. Wherever there are damp, mossy areas, one is sure to find a box turtle inhabiting the land.
These types of pet turtles are pretty territorial and are required to stay near their place of birth for their entire lifetime. As a matter of fact, if you try to remove a box turtle to another area half a mile from where it was born, it acquires the tendency to systematically search for its former habitat.
It may not be able to find its way back to its old home but it will spend most of its life looking for it. This is one of those types of pet turtles that you will want to be cautious about because you need to create a living environment that is very similar to its old habitat.
A box turtle is omnivorous so it can live off of insects, berries and various types of food products. They are ideal pets for people who live in the country because it is easier to recreate their natural habitat.
Among the many types of pet turtles, sliders are probably the most controversial due to the salmonella scare in the 1970’s. Apparently, young children have contracted the disease due to improper handling of slider turtles.
However, through the years, these types of pet turtles have managed to redeem their popularity as they have always been known to make excellent pets. A slider can grow up to eleven inches long so you will probably need to replace your tank if you started with a ten-gallon aquarium for a baby turtle.
Slider turtles naturally live in swampy areas that have lots of mud such as shallow ponds and lakesides. These types of pet turtles love to bask in the sun for hours and are typically omnivorous. However they tend to minimize on their intake of meat as they grow older.
You can try feeding your pet live goldfish, worm cubes and food sticks. It’s also a good idea to feed it lots of lettuce and other types of vegetables.
These are turtle species that belong to the family Emydidae, the largest and most diverse family of turtles. These freshwater species are considered one of the smallest in the world and are commonly found in freshwater environments.
Bog turtles rarely grow beyond four inches and are characterized by a bright yellow or orange blotch on each side of their necks and head. Bog turtles also have an almost rectangular shell and are generally omnivorous.
The family of Chelydridae includes what are commonly known as one of the most dangerous turtle species – the snapping turtles. These turtles are characterized by their long necks, powerful jaws and a relatively vicious temper. Handling this species can be a bit of a challenge especially since they are relatively large and pretty aggressive.
Some turtle species belonging to this family can also be found in freshwater swamps in North America. The alligator snapping turtle, for instance, is found in the Missouri River as well as in South Carolina and Florida. Snapping turtles are turtle species that have the ability to stay under water for almost an hour.
Painted turtles are probably the most beautiful types of pet turtles because of their colorful markings on their shells. The turtle usually has a dark olive to black skin color combined with red and yellow stripes on its legs and neck. It usually comes with a smooth carapace and can grow up to ten inches in length.
These types of pet turtles are generally aquatic. Compared to other species, they are a bit more complicated to take care of because they have specific habits that you need to take note of.