One piece of décor is essential to most turtle habitats: a basking spot. This can be a carefully placed rock, a piece of driftwood or one of the ready-made basking platforms available at local pet stores. I highly recommend above-tank basking platforms for most aquatic turtles. Whatever type of basking spot you pick, select one large enough to allow the turtle to climb out of the water completely, and place it securely under the basking light.
* Whenever possible, buy captive-bred turtles. They are already adapted to captivity, there is less of a chance for disease or parasites, and they are accustomed to commercial turtle foods. Whether purchasing your turtle from a local pet store, breeder or online, ask whether they are captive bred or wild caught. Another option is to adopt from a local turtle rescue organization. They might have a turtle just right for you.
The Mississippi map turtle is a popular pet in the United States.
Pet turtles need a light source for 3 reason:
There are many species of turtles that are commonly kept as pets. With a proper set-up, a good diet, and a loving home, many turtles can live anywhere from 60-100 years! Unfortunately, many people get a turtle as a pet without understanding the full care requirements. This leads many people to give up their beloved pets. You may be surprised to know that Red-eared sliders, a very common pet turtle, are actually the most abandoned pet in the country. And of course, this is simply the initial purchase price. The overall costs of owning a pet turtle often greatly exceed the purchase price of your turtle. Check out our article on how much it will cost to own a turtle.At the Turtle Rescue League, we like to try to help people find ways to keep their pets. As a rescue, we have many simple and cost-effective methods of upgrading habitats and providing great care. Whether you have a turtle already or are , please be sure to do your research first. Turtles can make amazing pets, but poor care can have devastating results.Turtles in pet stores are often not native to this area or even this part of the country. The Red-Eared Slider (one of the most common in petstores) is a southern species and wouldn't last long in New England.The painted turtle is one of the most common pet turtles in the United States, and around the world. In fact, with the exception of the red-eared slider, it probably is the most common pet turtle.So your pet was once a wild turtle? While it may seem like you could release the turtle back to where you found it, there are many issues that complicate this. To avoid risking the life of your turtle or spreading diseases to wildlife, or your local wildlife rehabilitator. They can direct you what to do with a native pet.