Getting a turtle as a pet is only for those people who have an interest in these animals. But, when purchasing an animal, it is necessary to study information about its type, requirements for keeping and feeding. It is advisable to prepare an aquarium for a turtle and equipment for it in advance. It is also necessary to take care of the location of the enclosure, its arrangement and have free time in order to care for the animal and observe it. What kind of aquarium does a turtle need to keep it active, he althy and happy?
For such a pet, it is necessary to try to create living conditions that are as close as possible to its natural habitat. Freshwater and aquatic turtles are often kept as ordinary pets in freshwater aquariums or in special paludariums. The aquarium for the turtle, which will serve as her home, should be selected depending on the size of the pet, her habits and lifestyle. Vivariums, in which several animals can live, look very impressive.
Turtles aquatic mustkept only in aquariums or aquaterrariums. Living in a small container or on the floor is unacceptable, as this will lead to the death of the animal. A turtle in a beautiful terrarium will look much more spectacular than in a box under the sofa. The entire volume of the aquaterrarium, which is at least 100 ml, is divided into parts: 2/3 should be occupied by water and 1/3 should be allocated to land. From special devices, a water heater, a filter, an incandescent lamp, which can be replaced by a ceramic or infrared heater, must be purchased. To simulate the sun's rays, an ultraviolet lamp is sometimes placed. The temperature should be maintained within 26-30oC. Under such conditions, the turtle will absorb calcium well, the shell will be even and hard.
The future owner will have to purchase not only an aquarium for the turtle, but also think over the convenient arrangement of islands of the suspended structure. These animals need a small heated island, a piece of dry land. They breathe atmospheric air, so they need rest, without such a place the animal can drown. It is above the island that the incandescent lamp should be located. You can buy a turtle shore to dry and bask at pet stores or make your own using stone, plastic, glass, or wood.
Your pet will love it if you make underwater shelters for him. It does not require soil, it is often laid out more for aesthetic reasons.
A turtle aquarium may contain other inhabitants, more oftenall these are fish and snails, which serve as additional food. Seaweed will look spectacular in it.
Freshwater turtles also need a spacious aquarium. You should not buy a small aquaterrarium in which its inhabitants will not be able to dive under water. For small red-eared turtles, a volume of 100 liters will suffice. As the animal grows, given that land with air space is also added to this volume, a larger aquarium will be needed.
It is unacceptable to keep several turtles of different sizes in one terrarium. You should also be aware that not all of their species are able to get along well with each other.
Paludarium - an open aquarium - will bring a special aesthetic pleasure. This design combines an aquarium, a terrarium and a greenhouse. In the paludarium, an ecosystem is artificially created for the habitat of marsh, aquatic or semi-aquatic animals and plants that require high humidity. This is a stunning harmonious combination of flora and fauna in a humid tropical environment. But maintaining such a biotope is not easy.
However, such an aquarium for a turtle will bring many pleasant moments when observing the behavior of its pet. To warm her body, she climbs trunks and snags, stretches her paws and head towards the light. And immediately rushes into the water - to his safe haven, if frightened off. After a few minutes, she already again stretches her head to the surface, checking whether it is possible to get ashore and warm herself orthe danger is not yet over.
The behavior of the turtle is interesting and entertaining, but will be different from the behavior of the usual pets. It does not respond to human care, does not highlight either sadness or joy in human society. Although many turtle owners claim that they “feel” each other perfectly with their pets and they feel good together.