Types of Pet Turtles - Small Pets - LoveToKnow

Many types of turtles possess strong territorial streaks, notably those of the aquatic variety
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Red-eared sliders are voracious eaters and sometimes it seems like they are always begging for food. They are omnivorous, eating both animal protein and vegetable matter. As juveniles, they are mainly carnivorous (eating animal protein) and become more omnivorous as they age. All aquatic turtles eat and swallow with their head under water and will not eat out of the water. To help facilitate optimal cleanliness, aquatic turtles can be fed in a separate, small aquarium of warm water. That way, they will soil this water with food debris and not their main aquarium. Variety is most important. Change the types of food fed on a regular basis to stimulate the turtle and provide nutritional balance.
Fortunately, aquatic turtle food is relatively inexpensive and can generally last longer than other types of pet food, as turtles don't need to be fed as frequently.
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It is very important to stay aware of the differences in size between male and female turtles. As a general rule of thumb, males are typically smaller than females. It is very rare for a turtle to stay tiny, but you can find turtles that stay under 5 to 6 inches. Just because they stay small, you still want to buy a nice sized aquarium so they can stay active and healthy. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a fortune like you would with some types of turtles. Before purchasing any pet, it is always a good idea to give the decision a lot of thought. Sleep on it. Do your best to determine if you are ready for the responsibility. The next step is the fun part: deciding what type of pet to buy. Pet Turtle Facts. There are two types of pet turtles: aquatic turtles, such as the popular. Red Eared Slider, and land turtles, which include the Box Turtle species.
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They are very inquisitive, like to explore, and are sometimes like little mountain climbers the way they will cruise around aquariums. Unlike some species of turtle, they are not very susceptible to shell diseases or other types of illnesses. The types of mud turtles are razorback, loggerhead, flattened, and common.Oklahoma is the home of 15 different types of aquatic turtle species, notes the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. These turtles belong to a variety of families and spend all, most or part of the time in the water. To identify Oklahoma’s water turtles, you must factor in such facets of the reptiles as their size, coloring, habitat and habits. Turtles are quiet, calm, and slow-moving. Consequently they don't instill the cautious concerns that some folks have when dealing with other types of reptiles. They can be quite hardy when provided with the right environment, have fairly modest requirements, and live a long time.
Turtles that spend a good deal of time in the water usually have webbed feet for swimming. They are aquatic turtles (water turtles) or semi-aquatic (marsh and swamp type) turtles. There are also turtles that are semi-terrestrial, spending time both in the water and on the land. These 'land' turtles are also known as terrapins (the term terrapin is derived from the word terrapene, which means 'land turtle'). In the United States however, the term turtle is usually used to describe all of these, and includes approximately 200 species.Don't assume that turtles from the same species will necessarily work well together, either. Many types of turtles possess strong territorial streaks, notably those of the aquatic variety. If boy turtles of the same species live together in cramped quarters, some severe fierceness could ensue. It can be extremely risky to place small and large individuals together, too. Youngsters and mature specimens should not be in the same enclosures, even if they're of the same species. If you have questions regarding appropriate turtle housing, don't hesitate to consult a herpetological veterinarian.