To conclude, I am also glad the author discussed unethical capture and release in the wild. Preserving our natural species is very important, , not only for the individual species but also for it's natural biome. Please be responsible and protect our nature. Do not capture wild animals for pets or release pets into the wild, it is amazing how much is effected by one small act that may seem meaningless or of good intent.
I was 11 when I got my first turtle and managed to keep him alive for a year and a half I kept him in a small tank and changed his water 4 times a week and feed him your just a bad owner if an 11 year old can manage to take care of a turtle and keep it alive for that long with just a small tank a few rocks for its tank while changing the water frequently and feeding it u can to ur just a very shitty owner and shouldn't ever purchase a turtle or any type of animal/reptile again
I normally order another food from this company but decided to give this a try. I will not purchase this again. My turtles liked the food, but my issue is that it did not float for long. Most often as soon as the food was dropped into the aquarium it would sink to the bottom. I Would have to then scoop it all out which is difficult due to my turtle condo. If I missed any it would the. Pollute my tank and make it dirty which adds more time trying to get it balanced and clear.
My turtle likes it. She has been a pet for over 40 years. This is more balanced and less fattening than cooked ground beef (her favorite after earthworms). My turtle is not a big fan of veggies, so a balanced food is needed. Since she used to be overweight (could not pull her legs or head completely into her shell, foods like this have helped to keep her more fit. Also, because this food is hard it helps to keep her beak from needing to be trimmed as often.
As with most reptiles, it is important to be mindful of rules and regulations surrounding turtles. This will vary from location to location. For example, as one of our readers pointed out, box turtles are a common pet turtle species. However they are protected and endangered in many places where their range is native. Furthermore, many types of turtles are illegal to posses without the appropriate license in the areas where they are considered native. We suggest finding a turtle species you are interested in, then doing research in regards to whether it is acceptable to have as a pet in your specific area.
I stumbled upon this article while researching whether or not *I* would be a good candidate for tortoise owner. This gave me a lot to think about although I am not entirely surprised. As the former owner of large, exotic birds I know all too well how blindly some people go into exotic pet ownership. Parrot rescues are absolutely overflowing with physically and emotionally stunted birds. It's rare to find someone that truly has the time, space and knowledge needed in order to keep an exotic pet healthy and happy.
Box turtles are native to North America. The widest distributed species is the common box turtle which is found in the United States (subspecies carolina, major, bauri, triunguis; south-central, eastern, and southeastern parts) and Mexico (subspecies yukatana and mexicana; Yucatán peninsula and northeastern parts). The ornate box turtle is endemic to the south-central and southwestern parts of the U.S. (and adjacent Mexico) while the spotted box turtle is endemic to northwestern Mexico only. The Coahuilan box turtle is only found in Cuatro Ciénegas Basin (Coahuila, Mexico).
Wasabi’s species is common in the pet trade, but buyers rarely realize what they’re in for. "When you get them, they’re tiny — about the size of an egg,"Chicarellasays. She got Wasabi as an adolescent weighing about 12 pounds, and now, seven years later, she tips the scales at more than 40 pounds and is very active and strong — with little respect for human property.
But a rock or log will work just fine, too. If you use something from nature, make sure to boil it first to kill any algae, germs, or harmful microorganisms. And always avoid anything with sharp edges in a turtle habitat. Your turtle could seriously hurt itself. Another option is an above-tank basking platform, which will let you fill your tank closer to the top to give the turtles more room to swim. You can buy them ready-made or build one yourself like I did. I made it from wood, Plexiglas, and a piece of "egg-crate" light diffuser. You can't see it in most of pictures on the site because they were taken before I built it, but you can see a picture of it here.
In Wyoming, the sub-species S. u. elongatus, the northern plateau lizard is found in rock outcrops and canyon walls in sagebrush communities. The sub-species S. u. erythrocheilus, the Red-lipped Plateau lizard is restricted to rock cliffs and large areas of boulders along the hogback on the east edge of the Laramie Range in Laramie, Platte, and Converse counties. The sub-species S. u. garmani, the Northern Prairie lizard is found in sandy areas with low shrubs in grassland communities, or sandstone and limestone outcrops in scarp woodland communities.
Most turtles that are up for adoption are turtles whose owners couldn't care for them anymore. They're usually adult or near-adult turtles, so you probably won't get to watch them grow. But probably the life they were living wasn't very good, and maybe you can give them a better, happier one. So if raising your turtle from a hatchling is not that important to you, consider adopting a turtle and giving it a new, better home.
Some people I've met can keep these pets alive, but few can keep a turtle or tortoise and have them thrive. If you're thinking about getting one, for the sake of these beautiful creatures, please read this list first and sleep on your decision. If you truly think you have the requirements to purchase a pet turtle or tortoise then by all means move forward, but only then!