Turtle Care 101: How to Take Care of Pet Turtles | petMD
Here are some commonly asked questions about getting a pet turtle and some key points on how to care for them.
I've kept turtles for years, box, RES, and now a Red Footed Tortoise. I had the 3 toed box turtles for 12 years before putting them up for adoption. I must have had the environment right for the Red eared sliders, because they grew at an alarming rate. I could not keep up with aquarium upgrades. The pair ended up with the lady from the pet store. (the RES were given to us by someone unable to care for them)
GJg, is it debilitating the turtle? Is it hindering it in anyway or is the turtle behaving differently? I could be skin as reptiles shed skin which will eventually fall off. Or it could be a kind of fungus and they may sell something at a pet store or online to remedy that but be careful fungicides can be dangerous. If it is really harming your turtle I'd take him into the vet pronto.
Turtles as Pets: Care & Information | PetSmart
I can no longer care for my pet turtle - Turtle Rescue League
Turtles, being reptiles, have very different needs from more traditional pets. Overlooking some of these needs can lead to health conditions and shorter lives. Let's explore what it will take to keep a turtle happy and healthy in your care. Turtles are incredibly long-lived animals. Your average pet turtle or tortoise can live anywhere from 60-100 years, possibly more with good care. Your turtle is less of a pet and more of a family member. A child's turtle will become a family responsibility when they are away at college or in a first apartment which doesn't allow pets. It takes a family to keep a healthy turtle. Your friend will need care when the kids are away, and when you are old and gray. Always think ahead and make sure you have a plan. This means family and friends to provide care when things are tough and a will and estate planning to make sure your turtle's future will always be secure. 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!This is a site about keeping turtles. It's intended for people who like aquatic turtles (turtles who live near and spend a lot of time in the water), and who want to learn how to keep them as pets or as a hobby. I have tried to keep the language and tone simple and lively, while still providing good, useful information about aquatic turtle care.