Your turtle is not a typical pet, so the experience will be unique. You should never bring home a wild turtle and try to keep it at home just as you should never release a pet turtle into the wild because many problems can occur, such as injury to your pet or environmental damage. Taking care of your little pet means regular trips for checkups at the exotic turtle vet too.
Turtle care tips
Buy a heat and ultraviolet light , do not block the light by placing on the outside of the enclosure glass, but place on top of the tank screen
Provide deep enough water for the turtle to dive and swim from end to end and side to side
Put in a rock or wood dock above the water for your turtle to dry off and bask
Mimic the natural habitat in a way that will keep your turtle safe
Feed appropriate foods like aquatic turtle pellets and greens such as Kale, collard greens, broccoli rabe, and dandelion leaves
Keep the temperature between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit in the water
Air temperature should be between 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit
Put gravel bigger than the turtle can swallow in the bottom of the tank or leave the glass at the bottom
Check animal habitat daily to make sure lights work, and everything is in place
If outdoors, then provide a shady area in the enclosure and protect area from predators
Benefits of scheduling regular visits to your turtle vet
Your turtle may live 20 to 30 years with the right care. An annual physical exam and check for blood work are necessary for the best health. Preventative turtle vet care is cheaper and can provide better outcomes than emergency treatment too.
Why you should choose Long Island Bird & Exotics Veterinary Clinic
On-site laboratory, diagnostic equipment, anesthetic and surgical personnel
Highly advanced technologies
Years of experience treating exotic animals
Specialty equipment for your turtle
Follow our turtle care tips and be sure to schedule your turtle vet exam by calling LIBEVC at 516-482-1101.