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Care Sheet for Turtles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.80    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 02/17/2004

Main Category:

Aquatic/Land

Sub Category:

Turtles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Pew2004

Years Experience:

5 to 10 Years

Species:

The painted turtle

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Red eared sliders

Sexing and Characteristics:

The Male will have a concave on the bottom of itís shell

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

The water should be clean and there should be gravle at the bottom. It can be as deep as 8 inches.

Lighting and UVB:

There should be a UVB light on it.Also a heating light
about 75 watts

Temperatures and Humidity:

The water can be around 75 degreese F. The air should be about the same

Heating and Equipment:

You should have an under tank heater if your house tempurature is low.

Caging Provided:

30 gallon tank for a painted turtle that is 4.5 inches. For a full grown Painted turtle, you should have a 40 gallon tank. For babyís ,a 20 gallon tank. Gravel should be at the bottom. That is good because they like to crawl under water. If there wasnt any gravle. The turtle will not be able to get a grip and it will slip.A turtle dock basking area is good. There are different sizes in turtle docks .
(largest is best!) You should have a turtle filter. to keep the water clean!!!!!!

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

They will eat turtle pelets, they will also eat feeder fish. (Do a mix beetween turtle pellets and feeder fish.)They will eat frozen shrimp. They will also eat lettuce and corn. They are not picky eaters

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You can buy a turtle vitamin at petsmart. Just put it in the water.

Maintenance:

It is easy for them to catch a respiratory infection and they make noises when they have it, you should bring them to the vet if they hav respiratory infections. Dont put another turtle with them, they will fight with each other and they will knock each other off the basking area

Some Words on this Species:

This species will live up to 25 years. They are the only turtles that actually have a personality. They love peoples fingers and if you put your finger into the cage they will try to bite it. They will eat out of your hand. They are very cool turtles. Never hold turtles upside down or put them on their backs so they donít go anywhere.
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