2 Good Turtle Species For Beginners


If you really want a pet, but furry, fuzzy, or feathered isn't for you, you might want to check out a reptile. While your first thought about reptiles might be snakes, there are a lot more animals that are classified as reptiles than just snakes. That means that if you aren't a huge fan of snakes, you could go with something like a turtle instead. If you are going to go with a turtle, you want to make sure that you get one that is good for beginners. So, what are some good turtles to get started with? It's important to note that you should never go pick a turtle up from the wild but should buy from a pet store or breeder. You should also be aware that turtles do have a long life span, and you will have to upgrade their enclosures as they get older and bigger. 

Red-Eared Sliders

These turtles are native to most of the southeastern US and can be found in parts of the Midwest as well. They start out as small as a quarter but can grow to be about 13 inches in diameter. That is not the average, though. The average red-eared turtle will end up being about seven inches. These turtles can live for up to 30 years, so they are going to be quite a commitment. Their diet is fairly easy because they will eat commercial turtle pellets, freeze-dried shrimp, and leafy greens. Adult turtles will also eat minnows and other small fish. These turtles need to have water to swim in as well as somewhere they can sit and bask. They will also need to have a heat lamp to provide them the warmth that they need.

Painted Turtle

The painted turtle is another common species in the US. They are found just about everywhere in North America. These turtles can grow up to ten inches in diameter and can live for up to 50 years. You can feed these turtles commercial food, but they would also really like dandelion greens, lettuce, and parsley. As they get older, they will search out things like crickets and worms. Even as adults, they can do well in a smaller tank, like a 20-gallon tank, but if you are going to have more than one, you will have to add at least 10 additional gallons to the tank. 

If you want a pet but you have limited options, you might want to consider going with a turtle. If you're considering getting a turtle, check out reptiles for sale online or in your area.


26 March 2021

Meeting Your Pet's Needs

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