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Choosing a pet: turtle



You decide to purchase a pet and went to the pet store. But people often do not know who would like to have as a "home friend." They hope to sort this out on the spot. And possibly the seller something sensible advise.


Before something to advise, it is necessary to decide which animal you would like to see at home? Exotic with special needs or picky, but interesting to look at? If so, then the best option will be the conventional turtle. After all the special care they do not need Yes, and they live a long time (from 10-15 up to 50 years). If the family has small children, you should choose a turtle, as it is the most harmless animal.


Turtle Species

And now you must choose. Which turtle to choose? Because of about 300 species of turtles. However, the shop is not such a wide choice. Usually they include only land and sea turtles.


Let's look at a sea turtle. Oddly enough, she is very agile, not that the other types. She is quite active and is growing quickly: in literally 5 years it grows to 30 inches. These animals live only in the aquarium, and it is necessary that it was large (at least 100 litres). Therefore, to contain this pet can only people who have apartment big enough to put the aquarium.


If you want to make this a land turtle, you will be offered the Central Asian land turtle. This reptile moves slowly and grows slowly. She's not as independent as a water turtle.


Grooming

Carefully clean a cage, especially a bird feeder, otherwise the food will go bad. The fact that turtles love to dig, so they often throw food or litter for the aquarium.


Swimming

Do not think that the land-turtle are not required water treatment. By the way, any turtle is not against swimming. But only do it once a week and in any case not to dip the animal into the water with his head.


Bathe a turtle in a small Cup. Keep a separate sponge and carefully wipe the carapace and legs. If the turtle is aquatic, you can pour it in a tub of lukewarm water and let her swim. Aquatic reptiles also need rest, so you need to leave them in the aquarium island so they can go out there and relax.



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