Learn how to care for aquatic turtles available at Petco. Care Sheets provide you with essential info on how to best take care of these interesting pets.
History: Aquatic turtles are one of the most common types of turtles in the world. Aquatic turtles are native to nearly every country and climate, except areas of great extremes such as the Mojave desert in the United States or in northern Canada or Russia. Aquatic turtles are the most popular type of turtle sold in pet stores in North America and enjoy moderate popularity as pets throughout much of the rest of the world.
Your turtle will live in water and that water will get very dirty. This is where a fish aquarium filter comes in to save you. Instead of having to change that water all the time, you use the filter to do the dirty work for you. Turtles are dirty pets so the bigger the filter the better. Warning- these can sometimes be expensive.. but save a lot of time down the road and help keep your water clean.
The only legal aquatic turtle pets are freshwater turtles
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There are many different species of aquatic turtles that can be kept as pets or as a hobby, and choosing the right one is an important decision. In fact, you really need to be sure that you want to have a turtle at all. Turtles can live a very long time, so the turtle you choose will likely be your for many years. You don't want to get bored with your turtle (or for your turtle to get bored with you!).I would advise getting some live plants for your tank just because it really adds to the ecosystem setup of the tank. Waste from food and turtle in the water which decreases the oxygen levels in the water. Live plants consume carbon monoxide and turn it into pure oxygen. Your pets in the water aquarium will be much happier then they would with fake plants.The best beginner turtle for a new turtle owner would be a common musk turtle (sternotherus odoratus). It is a member of the family . The musk turtle is an aquatic turtle. They are a hardy type of turtle and make great pets. Musk turtles usually have a dark brown or black body with yellow markings.Aquatic turtles rarely enjoy being handled; in fact, most have a well-developed flight instinct. For these turtles, anything that moves is a potential predator, and they view your hand reaching into the aquarium as a predator attacking. Therefore, aquatic turtles should be viewed as decorative pets, much like tropical fish.Simply put, turtles are dirty. A turtle’s life is an endless circle of food going in and waste coming out—often at the same time. So, it’s important that your turtle’s environment be kept clean. Most of the turtles for sale as pets require both aquatic and terrestrial environments within their tank, and special attention needs to be paid to water quality.Some aquatic turtles aren’t good pets. Common snapping turtles alligator snapping turtles and big-headed turtles are all unsuitable pets because they bite — and bite hard! The big-headed turtle is also quite an escape artist and an accomplished climber. And alligator snapping turtles can get quite large, making it difficult for even experienced keepers to maintain a clean environment.