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Turtles - March 27th 2017, 09:00 PM

I really want a turtle. I've seen them in the pet store and they seem like fun animals. The thing is that I know very little about them. I know I can do some research and I plan on doing so (I won't be getting one for a while if I decide to get one). But, I was curious if anyone has any personal experience with turtles? What's the best kind of turtle for a newbie? I read online that the red eared slider is good as an aquatic turtle but I was curious if there was any other turtles I could look into.

I do know they need UV lights and a decent sized cage.

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Re: Turtles - March 29th 2017, 01:30 AM

Hi! Me and my brothers have a pet turtle ourselves. He's a red eared slider. This is a really good type of turtle to have if it's your first turtle. Another turtle that might be good to have is a yellow bellied turtle or a box turtle. All three turtles are really great. And having a turtle is really fun. But if you do get a turtle be careful because our turtle sometimes bites us and it really hurts and he's only like 6 years old. Other then that they're great pets. If you have any more questions about turtles feel free to message me.
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Re: Turtles - March 29th 2017, 05:21 AM

I have heard of box turtles. I think when I end up looking for a turtle I'll go to the pet store and look at the different turtles and decide. My boyfriend used to work at petsmart and he knows a tad bit about the animals because he used to take care of them.

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Re: Turtles - March 29th 2017, 07:14 PM

When you do get a turtle, please share a picture!
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Re: Turtles - March 30th 2017, 06:56 PM

To be honest I've never had a turtle myself but my cousin used to. He lives in a house in the countryside, and he didn't keep the turtle in a cage actually. It could freely wander around the house and even get outside whenever it wanted It just went on for years and nothing bad ever happened to the turtle.
I'm not sure whether all these animals are like that or it was a special one.
As I said I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes down to turtles, but I definitely know they're extremely adorable. I hope you get one and enjoy your time with it. <3 Just as Jenna said, don't forget to share a pic of it!
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Re: Turtles - April 1st 2017, 12:47 AM

Hi Jenna!

I don't personally own a turtle, but one of my friends has a red eared slider, and I also used to work at a pet store, so I know a bit about them as well.

Turtles are a lot of work. Just like most animals, they live a long life. Turtles can live 15-20 years depending on their health and how well they are being taken care of. They can also grow roughly about a foot in size, maybe a bit smaller.

A lot of people feed turtles minnows that you can purchase at the pet store, or you can get pellets for the turtle, which are cheaper, and less scary

Now, for housing. I have a gecko, and he has about a 5-10 gallon terrarium. So with a turtle being about 10 times the size, I would think that you should get one that's 50-60 gallons. A lot of pet stores will have turtle starter kits, which will have a terrarium and most of the things that you would need to start a turtle habitat.

A lot of turtle habitats need a similar set up to a fish tank when it comes to the water. Most turtle habitats have a raised bit where they can 'bask' and not have to spend all their time in the water. The need items such as; water filter/heater and a basking like (to go above where they can 'bask'.

Like most reptiles, they also need UVA and UVB lights. This helps give them the same lighting as if they were under the sun. Sometimes you can get a bulb that has both of them together. They also need the basking temperature to be just under 95 degrees from what I have heard.

Again, I recommend going to talk to people at the pet store and definitely look to see if they have a turtle starter kit.

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Re: Turtles - April 1st 2017, 02:14 AM


We have two turtles but they're in our pond outside but from when they were in our house we had them in a 150 gallon tank (we now have fish in it lol).

If you're having them inside, depending on the type you're getting you need to make sure you have a correct size tank. Depending on the size, depends on the gallon of tank you need. This is pretty much what we were told where we got ours from, but we went bigger: "A 30-gallon tank is the absolute minimum size for smaller species measuring between 4 and 6 inches. For turtles between 6 and 8 inches, a 55-gallon tank is appropriate. And for turtles measuring more than 8 inches, tanks in the 75- to 125-gallon range are a better choice" I wouldn't recommend getting one of the starter kits from the pet store because those tanks are too small (ones at mine are between 10-30 gallons and that is way too small!) and the equipment tends to be not that great.

You need to make sure you have a good filtration system. A canister filter is the best because turtles are dirty and excrete ammonia in their waste. Whatever size tank you get, you want to double if not triple it to decide which filter. So, for example, if you get a 30-gallon tank, you should get a 90-gallon capacity filter.

They need to have a basking space with the temperatures between 85-95 degrees (F) with the temperature of the water being about between 10 and 15 degrees cooler than the basking temperature (I've read that it's best around 78). You need to have both UVA and UVB lights.

You can check out this link regarding diet that way I don't list everything we feed ours. We also have a few cuttle bones out for calcium and other minerals. We give them things like mollies, guppies, worms, krill, snail, ect as well as kale, dandelion leaves, romaine lettuce (never iceberg!)
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