Mini turtles are easier to keep as small pets than large turtles

The common musk turtle does not get very large and can make a hardy pet for ..
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Why turtles live so long also tends to be somewhat of a mystery. One element that seems to play a large role, however, is turtles’ relatively slow , which helps them process things like diseases and aging at a different rate from birds or other domestic pets. It also helps them live for extended periods without food or water.
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Size becomes an especially significant issue if you bring home a baby turtle. You’ll need to estimate the approximate size of your pet and go from there. Remember, too that females tend to be much larger than males and will therefore need more room. If you’re unsure about what size to buy for your growing reptilian pal, it’s best to opt for a larger enclosure than a smaller one. Back when I was a newbie to having pet turtles, the  large corner ramp was one of the first pet turtle basking areas I purchased.
Photo provided by FlickrDec 22, 2016 - Buy a large turtle terrarium, available at your local pet store
Photo provided by FlickrApr 3, 2017 - If you're looking to get a pet turtle, consider a red-eared slider turtle. This easily adaptable pet prefers warm habitats, but can thrive in a large tank.
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Most people keep their pet turtles in aquariums but that doesn’t mean you have to. Anything that holds a lot of water will work. Large tubs, plastic pond liners, and anything you can think of. Aquariums are the most popular because you can watch your pet turtles through the tank inside your house and they are easy to buy and setup.The problem many pet turtle owners face however is that when their little chelonian grows much bigger, many of those same previously acceptable docks, simply cannot accommodate larger animals.Even small turtles need plenty of living space. For aquatic turtles this means tanks. Buying a larger enclosure early will save you money. There are plenty of suitable alternatives to glass aquariums that will provide equally as much space (if not more) for a fraction of the price. The only sacrifice you make is the aesthetics of a glass aquarium. Believe it or not, solid and opaque walls are healthier for your turtles. Make sure you check out prices before purchasing that cute little turtle in the pet store. Just as important, make sure you have the room for a tank of the proper size. Enclosures for tortoises and terrestrial turtles can be less expensive than aquatic turtle habitats, however they do require a more hands-on approach. There are no great terrestrial habitats available commercially. A good terrestrial habitat can be made from things like bookshelves, or unused pieces of furniture that you remodel. Try googling a tortoise table! The red-eared slider has a long history in the pet trade, and it has been kept for many years by a wide variety of hobbyists, both beginners and veterans. For years they were sold in dime stores, and unfortunately many died due to a lack of knowledge of the children who begged their parents to buy them for them. Luckily, now that reptile enthusiasts are better educated, the red-eared slider has a better chance of survival in captivity, but it is a large turtle and should be kept only by people who are prepared to provide the proper care for it.Why am I telling you this? Because slider turtles make great pets -- but only if you're able to provide them with the care and space they need. So please don't choose a slider unless you have the room (and the money) for a big tank or a pond, along with all the filters and everything else needed to properly take care of a large turtle. If you can do all that, then sliders are a great choice as your first turtle.Terrapin turtles are actually one of the oldest animals on planet earth. While probably not the best for inexperienced turtle owners, diamond back terrapins to make great pets. They are prone to some fungal infections and carapace diseases so they require a bit more care to stay healthy. They do need a larger tank ~70 gallons preferably.