Turtles as Pets: Care & Information | PetSmart

to research their turtle's species in order to give their pet the best life possible.
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a pet is not a pet...they are animals, friends, companions. Tortoises included. However, never hug or cuddle them! one turning them up straight could scare them...and then you've got the problem of they do carry diseases and pathogens only fine to be mixed with their own species...not others. its always best to wash handds have handling them. Tortoises shouldn't really be cuddled anyway.
Best turtle species as pets:
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If you have never had a turtle as a pet, it would be best for you to keep something fairly easy, such as a painted turtle or even a snapping turtle. Box turtles are much more difficult to keep and are likely to go on a hunger strike when you try to get them to eat. Eventually you may lose it or have to take it to the vet. So start with a turtle that will be easy to feed and work your way to more challenging species as you gain experience and expertise.
Several turtle species make good pets, but the best captives share several key traits
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While turtles are often kept as pets, they are definitely still wild animals. Some species are more docile than others, but it is important to know that unlike cats and dogs, turtles don't always appreciate being handled. They may snap or attempt to hide or defend themselves, and in that case, it may be best to leave them to themselves and appreciate them from afar.Young hobbyists starting out in reptiles should be given the best chance of success, and captive-bred animals provide just that. Many species described in this article are widely bred in captivity, so buying a captive-bred pet should not be difficult. Captive-bred animals are already acclimated to captivity. They won’t stress out as much as a wild reptile that’s been captured and shipped. Many of these can become fine pets, but others harbor illnesses that might not be apparent at first. Such health issues are less likely in captive-bred reptiles.Of more than 250 turtle species in the world, only a few remain smaller than a foot long in adulthood. Smaller turtles are often thought to make better pets because of their size and corresponding environmental requirements -- but even small turtles sometimes have special needs that keep them from being the best choices for pets. The padlopers, for example, are not great captives because of their special food requirements.
This is the downfall of having a pet turtle. Just because you can’t put a turtle in a small box as a cage and walk away. They need room to move around and especially if they are past their youth age. Aquarium size requirements start at 40 gallon breeder tank. The 40 gallon breeder is said to be the bare minimum size that a person needs to house ONE turtle. If you want more than one turtle than you should probably get a 55 gallon and even then that will still be crowded. They make lots of unique styles of “breeder” series of tanks that are more short and spread out which is best for turtles. It makes no sense to have a high or tall aquarium when the turtle can’t even utilize that space.Other species of wild turtles and tortoises have even longer lifespans than pet turtles. Some tortoises can reach or surpass 100 years in terms of their longevity, with sea tortoises approaching similar numbers. Dr. Mitchell has worked with sea turtles in the past, and he points out that estimating how long sea turtles live is as good an estimation as that of pet turtles’ lifespans. True estimates are hypothetical at best.This guide will remain the definitive solution for finding the best small turtle breeds, the smallest turtle species as well as the top pet tortoise species that stay small. Keep some of these top species in mind if you are considering the purchase of one of these small turtles and you want a relatively low maintenance pet that you can enjoy over many years to come. In the next part of the guide you can read more about some of the best tiny turtle species that are available in the world right now.