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I would like to get a turtle/tortoise?

I would like to get a turtle/tortoise? Topic: I would like to get a turtle/tortoise?
June 26, 2019 / By Val
Question: This weekend, I found a baby alligator snapping turtle. She/He had literally just hatched from his/her egg a matter of days ago, so I knew that keeping him/her would be wrong because he/she wasn't from a domesticated blood line. Plus, it would be highly illegal. But the idea has stuck with me, and I would like to look into getting a turtle/tortoise. I know that alligator snapping turtles get big and last a life time, possibly a lifetime and a half. I am still in high school, so I would be able to care for him/her for a long time, and my Dad wants to get in on it with me, so during my college years and before I settle down, it would have a place to stay. I think it would be cool to have a turtle/tortoise that gets huge, but as it is now, we only have accommodations to care for one that gets as big as 10 inches (roughly). I live in a place where it snows 9 months out of the year, so an outdoor accommodation would be out of the question. I have read that most turtles don't like being kept in a glass tank. Any suggestions for housing, diet,or any sort of care would be welcome. Right now, I'm trying to figure out of I am capable of taking care of this pet (with help) at all, and also what specific kind. If any turtle/tortoise owners out there would like to give me tips, and/or suggestions of a turtle/tortoise (especially one that will live for generations), I would love the input. Thank you very much. I would like to put out there, that I spend a lot of time daily with all of my pets, and it wouldn't be sitting there neglected. I take the responsibility that comes with a pet seriously, and my Dad loves reptiles (he owned an alligator (not an alligator snapping turtle, but an alligator) when he was a young adult) so he will help me until I know how to take care of him entirely on my own.
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Scholastica Scholastica | 7 days ago
you could get a sulcata tortoise. they get pretty big and about the caging they could live in a screen/wire cage. they do need UVB lighting the diet like most tortoises is of course herbivore. Look online to see what else they can eat. Oh and I read somewhere that they eat anything that is brightly colored if possible. I hope this Helped! good luck finding the right tortoise for you!
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Scholastica Originally Answered: How do I keep a turtle/tortoise as a pet ?
I preferably dont want to have water in my tank so are there any mini tortoises that would suit it ? That would have to be tortoise for you since turtles need water to swim in for sure whereas tortoise requires dry land to survive. Mini tortoise as in tortoise that does not grow big? Star tortoise, greek tortoise or russian tortoise are those which does not grow big, compared to sulcata tortoise, and leopard tortoise. Do turtles need water ? Yes, thats for sure. They are considered to be semi-aquatic creatures which means water is crucial in order for them to survive. whats the deal there do tortoises need lights ? To bask their shell, yes. If you dont want to have to have lights, place them near the window, balcony or somewhere outdoor where the sun could reach them in the day so that they could bask in the uv light for the benefit of their shell. what they need to eat? They eats greens, grass, weeds, flowers and leaves such as dandelion greens, grape leaves, mulberry leaves, bermuda greens, clover rose pedals, watercress which are high in fibre and is needed to prevent shell pyramiding from occuring. Avoid greens that is high in water content such as cucumber and celery, as well as fruits which is high in sugar level. what UV stuff they need? For indoor enclosure, a basking lamp will do where temp of 85 - 90 degrees F is provided. Otherwise, uv ray from the sun is another alternative for them. if they need a water bowl? Yes, a small plate of water in it in which its depth is no deeper than the turtle, just enough to cover the sides of its shell, and at the same time large enough for it to soak in. This enables the tortoise to soak itself and most importantly, drink it occasionally should it be thirsty. if they do or do not like to be handled? Sure, why not? Handling is not encouraged in turtles out of their tank though as this might add stress to them. However, for tortoise it would be absolutely alright. I carry my tortoise all the time and they seem to have fun with me. In fact, i would encourage you to handle it from young and hand-feed it frequently such that it got used to it, handling should not be any problem as time goes by. I bet you will be surprise at how active, friendly and outgoing they are when you spend time with them. But remember, no rough handling though. what size? I would suggest to you keep them from hatchling. As this could build you and your tortoise's bond, getting it used to you, and knowing that you are the one who will never hurt it and care for it always like a mum or dad! Dont worry! I would advice you to have tortoise instead as they are much more fun and enjoy handling and petting. I can assure you that they will NEVER bite unlike turtles, and thus you could have a safe and fun time with them. Have fun trying out some tortoises as pets and i bet you will be ever happier to be with these creatures. Hope this helps! =)

Nydia Nydia
Here's a couple of reliable guides for you to look through (to type out everything you'd need to know would take far too long): http://herp-info.webs.com/tortoise.htm http://www.chelonia.org/care.htm (This site contains info about many tortoise and turtle species.) Building a "turtle table" would be the best way to house a tortoise indoors. Here's instructions to build one: http://www.unc.edu/~dtkirkpa/stuff/table... Just be sure to read up, extensively, on whatever species you eventually choose, and get the enclosure set up before purchasing the reptile. Maintaining constant good husbandry practices will ensure that your tortoise/turtle lives a very long time.
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Madalyn Madalyn
truthfully, while you're gonna get a reptile. do no longer anticipate to have the means to deal with it lots. A bearded dragon is with regard to the only reptile that enjoys human coping with. Torts and turtles are difficult. The extra consumer-friendly ones tend to get very super and neither rather go with to be dealt with.
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Kenda Kenda
Sulcattas are really awesome but common snapping turtles are my favourite :) i have 1 his names chompy
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Kenda Originally Answered: I would like to get a turtle/tortoise?
you could get a sulcata tortoise. they get pretty big and about the caging they could live in a screen/wire cage. they do need UVB lighting the diet like most tortoises is of course herbivore. Look online to see what else they can eat. Oh and I read somewhere that they eat anything that is brightly colored if possible. I hope this Helped! good luck finding the right tortoise for you!

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