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Pet Turtle... Is the Sulcata Tortoise the right breed of reptile for me ?
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Overall, turtles can be challenging pets, but also very rewarding as well. As long as the owners understand the risks, the requirements, and don’t cut any corners, you can have an entertaining, docile, and curious pet for a very long time. And while they certainly should not be kept as pets for small children, older children can learn a lot for caring for the turtle or tortoise; after all, studies have shown that caring for a pet helps children develop empathy and learn to nurture and care for others, which are all positive and amazing traits for humans of any age. Turtles provide many benefits for their humans, and some extra work and research goes a long way to keep everybody happy.
♥ Pet Turtle ♥ Tortoise eating a Dandelion.
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Every pet has its challenges, and we're not claiming turtles are an exception to that rule. We are saying, though, that turtles may give you fewer headaches than some higher-maintenance animals. "Turtles and tortoises are good pets because most of them are relatively small; they are quiet and easy to care for if provided with the correct habitat and diet," said Nick Saint-Erne, DVM, CertAqV, and resident veterinarian. Pet Turtle... Is the Sulcata Tortoise the right breed of reptile for me ?
Photo provided by FlickrIf you have any questions about turtle or tortoise care or need to have yours seen, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (626) 287-PETS.
Photo provided by FlickrSomeone needs to change the pet catagory. Many people have tortoises as pets!!! Actually much easier than a turtle.
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When it comes to keeping reptiles as pets, turtles and tortoises are some of the most popular. Their innocuous, placid demeanor proves appealing to people who are skeptical about or even frightened of other reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, monitors, and so on. On the other hand, these animals are also misunderstood, with many owners being highly unaware of the actual requirements and needs to keep these animals content and healthy.Another thing to take into account is the impressive longevity of these animals. Some turtles and tortoises have been shown to be negligibly senescent, meaning that rates of death due to aging do not increase as the animal grows older, and in many cases, it will far outlive the owner. When you choose a turtle or tortoise as a pet, you are choosing an animal that will almost certainly succeed you in death. Unlike rodents and fish, these animals are a very long-term commitment.I volunteer at my local herpetological society, and I can tell you without a doubt that the number one animal surrendered to us are turtles. People are often unaware of the potential size and housing needs of these animals. Some of the most obtainable turtles are red-eared sliders, which are abundant at pet stores such as Petco and Petsmart; however, while these are typically purchased as small, young animals, they do typically reach sizes of around 12 inches- with some even exceeding this- and the typical rule of them as far as housing is that the turtle should have ten gallons of water for every inch of shell. Generally speaking, an adult red-eared slider should have a tank of no less than 120 gallons, in addition to having all that water and space, will also need a heated basking area for it to climb onto and warm up. And tortoises grow even larger-some species, such as the Sulcata tortoise, can grow to over 30 inches long and weigh more than 200 pounds. Like all reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded and need to thermoregulate to stay healthy.Now that I’ve named some disadvantages of turtles as pets, it’s also worthwhile to mention that there are many advantages to keeping these animals as well. It’s worth noting that they are silent animals and will not disturb your (or anybody else’s) peace. They are also very docile and tolerant animals (although they do have mouths, and it is important to remember that anything can bite). And as stated before, turtles and tortoises can be quite personal, and will approach humans to beg for food. They enjoy fruits, veggies, and even earthworms and other insects, and acclimated animals have been known to approach humans for some handouts.