What do I need for keeping a pet turtle?
To start out really all you need is a place for your turtle and some food.
A small baby turtle doesn't need a lot of space. As long as it has some water and an elevation or object where they can get out of the water they will be happy!
What does a pet turtle eat?
A pet turtle eat's a lot of different things from small fish, insects, vegetables and even fruits. However it's best to stick to basics when your pet turtle is still young. You can give them a little cabbage but mainly you should be eating them nutrition from pet stores which contains everything your pet turtle needs. If you decide to give your pet turtle room to grow you can eventually when they start to get bigger feed them some other vegetables and pieces of fruits.
Where should I put a turtle?
A turtle should have access to natural light from a window. This is important for their biorhythm. Ideally they should get some sunlight however when it's very hot outside it's actually better to put your turtle in the shadow at the hottest times of the day so they don't get overheated.
Do turtles go into hibernation?
Yes, usually at the end of fall when days start to get darker and colder your turtle will go into hibernation to wake up again early spring. It's possible that this goes in phases and that you find your turtle awake for some hours, days or even weeks in between sleeping. It's always good to throw in some food when that happens although most likely the turtle will not eat if it it"s still in it's hibernation cycle. But if their biorhythm is a bit messed up or if your turtle is getting out of hibernation they'll want to get some food.
Why doesn't my turtle eat?
If it's late spring and your turtle is starting to get out of hibernation as well as when it's starting to go into it late fall it"s very likely your turtle will not be eating anymore. This is completely normal as they don't eat while in their hibernation cycle. However if your pet turtle is not eating while it's mid summer or in general when it's not in hibernation and it's not cold you might want to keep a close eye on it. If you start to worry it's always a good idea to get it checked out by a vet in case your pet turtle might have gotten sick.
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