Forget about small plastic containers with a palm tree in themiddle, that is completely inappropriate habitat for turtles as pets.
There are a few types of turtles that are pretty common and actually end up growing to be pretty big (relative to the turtles in the above list). Some rascally pet shop owners may try to pass one of these turtles off as a turtle that will stay small, but don’t be tricked. Many times they’ll try to pass red-eared sliders off as miniature turtles because they stay small for awhile. These turtles can actually reach up to 14 inches long depending on the gender. If the turtle is green with orange cheeks (nearly red) you’ll know it is a red-eared slider.
If you must have a pet turtle, start with a hardy species that stays relatively small. Some examples are red-eared sliders, cooters, and mud and musk turtles. But some other species may better fit your needs. Research is key to finding a turtle that you can handle — and hold onto for its entire life.
Types of Pet Turtles - Small Pets - LoveToKnow
The Best Small Turtle Pets for Reptile Enthusiasts with Limited Space
Even small turtles need plenty of living space. For aquatic turtles this means tanks. Buying a larger enclosure early will save you money. There are plenty of suitable alternatives to glass aquariums that will provide equally as much space (if not more) for a fraction of the price. The only sacrifice you make is the aesthetics of a glass aquarium. Believe it or not, solid and opaque walls are healthier for your turtles. Make sure you check out prices before purchasing that cute little turtle in the pet store. Just as important, make sure you have the room for a tank of the proper size. Enclosures for tortoises and terrestrial turtles can be less expensive than aquatic turtle habitats, however they do require a more hands-on approach. There are no great terrestrial habitats available commercially. A good terrestrial habitat can be made from things like bookshelves, or unused pieces of furniture that you remodel. Try googling a tortoise table!Before buying a pet, you always want to do your due diligence. Many a pet has wound up on Craigslist or donated to a different owner because their first owner was not properly prepared. Truly, some pets take much more work than others. Turtles make wonderful first pets and are relatively low maintenance — especially small turtles. A common occurrence with pet turtles is that owners will buy the wrong breed and they seemingly never stop growing! That means they have to upgrade to a massive tank or find a new home for their surprisingly big turtle that they may have grown attached to. In this post, I talk about the types of pet turtles that stay small and provide my readers with an overview of turtle breeds.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!Don’t think raising a turtle is a walk in the park though! A small turtle is just like any pet. They still want your love and attention. A pet turtle will need your care to grow up and stay healthy. Regular tank maintenance is required unless you want your poor turtle living in yucky and less than ideal conditions. You’ll want to clean your tank . Other than a tank, you may want a pet carrier or container as well for your little turtle. This will give you a place to put the turtle during cleaning session quarantines and trips to the vet. Turtles need to be fed about 4-5 times a week and their water source should always be as fresh as possible.