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Turtles

These are only very basic instructions, please consult an experienced reptile carer for more detailed information.


Basic Initial Care

Check the shell for damage or infection. If the shell is soft it can indicate a lack of calcium.

If you have no facilities when the turtle first arrives, it can be put in the bath or a large plastic tub with just enough unchlorinated water to cover it. Put a rock or large stone in the bath or container for it to get out of the water if it wants. Put a towel under the rock so it doesn’t scratch the surface of the bath or container.

Make sure they can get out of the water if they want by providing a rock or something they can climb on to.

Keep the (unchlorinated) water clean at all times. A calcium block should be supplied.

Tortoises will only eat under water. They can be fed on turtle pellets, blackworms, freeze dried white shrimp, turtle dinner, chopped up heart, beef or liver. Most of these foods can been bought from reptile shops.

Feed the turtle the amount of food comparable to the size of its head. Feed larger amounts during their more active period, eg. summer and less during colder months due to their metabolism slowing down. Watch your turtle and if it appears to be losing weight increase food volume, if putting on too much weight decrease food.

Turtles will eat a variety of foods including; insects, mice, white meat e.g. chicken, fruits vegetables, water plants like duckweed etc. Remember turtles must always be fed in water.

 

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