Oh no, the dreaded “Billy brought home a turtle” situation. You have no idea how to care for a turtle, you don’t even know what it eats! Fear no longer. In a new article written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, caring for this turtle won’t be as complicated as you thought. Not only does this article highlight the basics such as needing clean water and plenty of light, she also includes information on what the habitat should look like, additional hygiene details and even a few telltale warnings signs to signal upcoming danger.
- Do not keep a turtle that you have found in the wild because it should stay in its natural habitat.
- Turtles need a habitat with a combination of water and land, or a tank full of water if it is an aquatic turtle.
- Pet turtles need an appropriate diet that is close to what they would normally eat if they lived in the wild.
“Organizations such as American Tortoise Rescue1 specialize in turtle rescues, such as those recently found suffering from hypothermia on Cape Cod.2 If you are thinking about taking on a turtle as a pet, below are several ways to keep your pet turtle healthy, and your family, too.”