We have recently acquired a pet turtle and would like to know what environment they like to live in. That is, what would be a suitable house for a turtle as apparently they need to be able to swim in water and walk on dry surfaces? Also, what foods do they like?
provided by Dr Paddy Batch BVSc
Turtles live for 70 years. So called "penny turtles" were babies that lived only a few years and stayed small due to malnutrition. There are now complete turtle foods to ensure mistakes of the past are not repeated. A great home would be a fish tank - perhaps a small sized tank (about one metre) now that you can replace with a larger tank (about 2 metres) in years to come. Make a beach at one end and basking logs at the other end and a pond for swimming. Also essential is an ultra-violet light and if your pet is to be active all year, you will need to heat the water.