Aquatic Turtle 101
LIFESPAN: Approximately 25-50 years
SIZE: Up to 12” (30 cm) long
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: BEGINNER
Socialization & General Care
- Be certain to handle your turtle by the mid-section and not by the tail or limbs.
- Reptiles may transmit disease to humans; make certain to wash your hands after cleaning your pet’s habitat or after handling.
DID YOU KNOW?
Turtles live on all continents except Antarctica.
- Partial water changes (10-20%) should be done weekly.
- Water de-chlorinator should be added during water changes.
- Aquatic turtles are omnivores, meaning that their diet consists of vegetables and meat.
- Insects, fish or a commercial diet should be fed daily in addition to vegetables.
- Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
- Fresh vegetables should be offered daily. Acceptable choices are dandelion greens, collard greens and romaine lettuce.
- Fruits can be offered sparingly (once a week). Acceptable choices are grapes and banana.
Health Issues to Watch For
- Swollen joints and limbs
- Eating less
- Runny stool
- Soft shell
- Discharge from nose, eyes or mouth
- Discoloured skin
- Eyes swollen shut
- Seek veterinary care if you notice any of the above signs.
Fun Aquatic Turtle Facts
- The red ear slider is the most common type of aquatic turtle sold in pet stores and is actually semi-aquatic.
- Although semi-aquatic turtles can stay underwater for long periods of time, they cannot hold their breath underwater.
- Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years.
- Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years old.