Terrapins and Turtles
A large glass fish tank at least 3ft x 2ft x 2ft is best for a young turtle although if more space can be given then this is even better. when they are adult and if you have a pair 5ft x 2ft x 2ft is necessary a land area should be available to them in the form of a floating dock
Water heaters should be kept at 22 to 24oC for youngsters and 20oC for adults, the majority of turtles will reduce their feeding if the water temperature falls below 16oC for too long. UVB lighting this should be ubove the tank fitted to the hood, is essential for them, repace the bulb every 6 months.
Terripins are best to be fed as varied a diet as possible , suitable foods include complete pellets that can be bought in most pet shops, earthworms, crickets, locusts,(not too often they are hard to digest), waxworms, mealworms snails, pond weeds, water cress, and other leafy greans, dandelions, prawns (preferably with shells on), Most youngsters start off as being carnivorous leading onto a more omnivorous diet as adults.
Turtles and terrapins often live in excess of 25-30 years.
They can be smelly, and need regular cleaning out to keep your turtles healthy and happy. Filter water with a submersible canister type filter. They come is various brands and sizes designed for different sized tanks. clean filters once every three to four days and use a product to keep the water fresher you can get this in good petshops you’ll see that you can go longer between full water changes, remembering the risks of salmonella, wash your hands with a good quality anti-bacterial soap after any contact
A Quick note about Salmonella
Salmonella infection, contrary to popular belief, is not a “Turtle Disease”. It’s transmitted by any polluted water, regardless of the animal involved. If you keep your tank clean, Salmonella is not something you should worry about (unless you have a weakened immune system due to HIV, Lyme disease or any other disorders that may affect the immune system). Turtles do, however, have a tendency to void their bladders upon being picked up, so you might want to wash your hands after handling anyway. The most effective way to avoid the possible transmission of Salmonella from a turtle is to clean their tank away from areas where food is prepared.