Q: What special chores are required in owning a pet turtle

home wild turtles do not understand the care that goes into owning a pet turtle.
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The best beginner turtle for a new turtle owner would be a common musk turtle (sternotherus odoratus). It is a member of the family . The musk turtle is an aquatic turtle. They are a hardy type of turtle and make great pets. Musk turtles usually have a dark brown or black body with yellow markings.
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I personally would never keep a wild turtle as a forever pet. Wild turtles deserve to be free at some point. Pet turtles on the other hand are bred in captivity and are never meant to be returned to the wild, as they can wreck havoc on the ecosystem. I would not mix a pet store turtle with a wild turtle. Pet turtles are known for carrying diseases that wild turtles never come across, and vice versa. One or both turtles have the potential of getting sick. Also, once you put a pet turtle in with a wild turtle, you can never release that turtle back in the wild, and maybe one day you will want to do that. That's my advice. Thanks for commenting. Owning a pet turtle can be both a rewarding and time-consuming venture
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Your turtle will live in water and that water will get very dirty. This is where a fish aquarium filter comes in to save you. Instead of having to change that water all the time, you use the filter to do the dirty work for you. Turtles are dirty pets so the bigger the filter the better. Warning- these can sometimes be expensive.. but save a lot of time down the road and help keep your water clean.When you are looking at that $20 pet turtle at the store, hopefully now you can see the costs that aren't shown initially. Your pet turtle doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive, but it certainly isn't a simple, cheap, or dare we say, disposable pet. Yes, it will cost a little bit of money to set up your turtle, but if done wisely, a lot of these costs should be one time only and will help to make turtle ownership the rewarding experience that it should be. Most towns have plenty of dog and cat vets, but you may need to travel to get to your closest turtle specific vet. Reptiles have different care requirements than traditional pets and medications that work fine for your cats may in fact be toxic to a turtle. Small animal vets may not recognize disorders that reptiles are susceptible to. Turtles are incredibly hardy and a well cared for turtle may never get sick. However, if your turtle does get sick, you do not want to waste precious time searching for a vet. Be prepared!The Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is probably the most popular pet aquatic turtle. They are semi-aquatic turtles (they like to leave the water to bask in the sun), native to the warmer southern United States. They are found in calm, quiet, warm fresh water, like ponds, lakes and creeks or streams, where they have access to large flat rocks or logs that they use for basking for hours in the sun. They are excellent swimmers and shy away from predators and humans by quickly sliding back into the water (hence the name Red-eared Slider). In captivity they usually accommodate to their humans and will come to the top of the water or side of the tank inquisitively. Wild Red-eared Sliders often bask in groups, but are fine on their own in captivity. If you keep more than one, they should have plenty of swimming room and should be of similar size to avoid bullying. Monitor for fighting or injuries.Research what your species of turtle feeds on in natural habitat and then resemble that for your cage. It’s important that you force your turtle to eat actual food designed for them because it is full of vitamins they need. It is the with other treats and such. Try to also research nutrition to help make sure your reptile has proper health. General pet stores and even walmart sell turtle food that is getting better everyday. They have dried up worms that work descent but I suggest looking into some more natural foods. Live fish can’t be beat and it’s really not that hard to do. Most turtle owners keep live fish in their tank because they survive just fine. You will find that most turtles love live fish and having that natural protein available really benefits your turtle.Due to concerns regarding Salmonella (see the Turtles-Aquatic-Problems handout), it is illegal in every state in the United States to sell turtles under 4 inches long. Check your local laws regarding turtle ownership. Salmonella is a bacterium often implicated in human "food poisoning". While the disease rarely causes anything more serious than mild vomiting and diarrhea in adults, young children, the elderly and people with lowered immune systems can easily develop a fatal form of disease. Turtles are certainly not the only pet or reptile that can carry Salmonella. Since RES's are a common family pet, the danger of infection is very real. Most turtles carry the infection asymptomatically, which means that they are not sick. You can imagine how easily the disease, which involves contact with infected feces, could be spread if young children were placing soiled hands or the turtles itself in their mouths! Common sense and good hygiene are essential in preventing this disease. After handling any pet, its excrement or its bedding and toys, THOROUGHLY WASH YOUR HANDS.