Turtles and tortoises belong in the wild, not as pets. The HSUS
For those who already own a small pet turtle, MHDC spokesperson Angela Minicuci offered this advice:
Mature pet turtles only need to be fed every other day or even only every third day. Remove any uneaten food from your turtle's habitat after 20 minutes, unless it is live like fish, crickets or earthworms. Fruits, vegetables and mice or fish that aren't live will decay, causing an unpleasant odor as well as creating a less than healthy environment for your turtle.
It's very important to do your research before getting a pet turtle or tortoise, as they are big commitments. You won't be able to stick a turtle in a 20 gallon tank and expect it to be happy and healthy, and when it comes to tortoises, fish tanks are one of the absolute worst that you can use to house one in.
I am going over a handful of incorrect ideas about turtles as pets.
, if you have a pet turtle, you are probably .
Turtles are wild animals that belong in the ocean, but turtles also make very good pets. Turtles need to be cared for just like every other pet. They need to have a good diet and plenty of room. Pet turtles are usually kept in a box with rocks and water, but you need to take them out and play with them at least once a day. Food for turtles include green vegetables such as broccoli leaves and cabbage, fruit, snails, chopped up earthworms, slugs, snails, shrimp with the shell, and chopped up fish (keep fish slightly frozen or thawed to get rid of parasites). A turtle may die very early in captivity, but with the proper care and diet, turtles can live for many decades. Unlike cats and dogs that require expensive procedures such as shots, operations, grooming products, medicine, etc. Turtles aren’t as complicated to have as a pet.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.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. The TRL loves turtles, but no agency could just simply take in all turtles that people declare they no longer want. TURTLES ARE THE MOST ABANDONED PET IN THE US. The problem is so bad in other countries, some have banned the importation of non-native turtles. Do not lose hope, there are always options and we can work with you. If you love your turtle, you will put in the effort to help it. There are several options for you, read on.