Feb 16, 2003 - Not all turtles make good pets for young children. Aquatic turtles, for instance, may need a spacious aquarium and specialized food to thrive.
Turtles add so much charm to a pond. They are like tiny submarines, poking their little head’s up like periscopes, gliding thru your pond. Adorable. But do they make good pond pets? And, what does it take to make them happy?
Turtles are not social animals. Unlike cats or dogs, a turtle will not suffer if you are not spending tremendous amounts of time with him/her. Turtles can be FANTASTIC pets for people with busy lives. Your friend may not even notice that you've been gone for a while, as long as he has a warm basking area, good food, and an interesting habitat to live within. Turtles may not snuggle, but you will find them to have complex personalities and almost no animal can beg for a treat like a turtle.
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Turtles are incredibly long-lived animals. Your average pet turtle or tortoise can live anywhere from 60-100 years, possibly more with good care. Your turtle is less of a pet and more of a family member. A child's turtle will become a family responsibility when they are away at college or in a first apartment which doesn't allow pets. It takes a family to keep a healthy turtle. Your friend will need care when the kids are away, and when you are old and gray. Always think ahead and make sure you have a plan. This means family and friends to provide care when things are tough and a will and estate planning to make sure your turtle's future will always be secure. Not all turtles make good pets for young children. Aquatic turtles, for instance, may need a spacious aquarium and specialized food to thrive. Some need special lights for basking, which keeps their shells strong. Land tortoises may need room to roam, or soft soil in which to dig. Every species has its special needs — and some live a long time, even dozens of years, so be prepared to be around for a while!A lot of times people will group musk and mud turtles together because of their similarities. Like the mud turtles, musk turtles will live to be around 50 years old. They grow to about 3 to 4 inches in length and stay that size forever. Musk turtles make great pets and are good for owners new to raising turtles. The Stinkpot Common Musk Turtle is actually one of the smallest turtles in the world. There are four main species of musk turtles: loggerhead, common, flattened, and razorback.When it comes to lizards, turtles and tortoises, a variety of commercially prepared diets are available. These are manufactured with the animals’ nutrition requirements in mind. Although they could be considered complete diets, it’s a good idea to vary your pet’s menu. For example, owners of bearded dragons could offer crickets one day, a salad the next and then a commercial diet.