Turtles are considered one of the most nonchalant animals to exist. They will not bother you unless provoked, and it is very little they do to cause much ruckus or chaos in the surroundings. They do not require too much effort from their owners either. Unlike dogs or even cats, sometimes, who do require attention from their owners, turtles simply do not care enough to be upset by the lack of attention or affection from a human. They are a good company if you want a pet that does not take too much of your time.
However, it is always important to understand that there are some basic requirements that you will have to fulfill to make sure that the turtle is well taken care of and does not fall short of any needs. This is in terms of habitats as well. Turtles are amphibians, which means that they are capable of surviving on land and water. Going into the water at some points of the day is quite necessary for the turtle. When you prepare to get an aquarium, you may have to pay extra attention to that aspect.
You will have to go to an aquarium where the turtle will have enough to sit on the dry land and go for a swim now and then. Swimming is important for the turtle because their body needs moisture; it needs moisture to stay healthy. You need to keep in mind that the aquarium should also be large enough to be able to fit the turtle quite comfortably. The turtle should not feel confined, or else it will begin to feel quite suffocated. This can be very bad for the turtle, and it may cause the turtle to take much longer to get comfortable in its new surroundings.
Apart from that, the aquarium should also be the right size for you to be able to keep it in a place that is relatively secluded from the rest of the house and the chaos that it is at risk of. Turtles tend to need spaces that are much calmer and quieter to be allowed to get comfortable. If it is not given these things, sooner or later, the turtle will start to get distorted in one way or another. This may also mean that it will take the turtle much longer to adapt and get used to everything.
Taking care of your turtle’s diet
The biggest requirement that you will have to consider is the diet of the animal. You simply can not bring an animal into your house that you have no familiarity with without doing some research. You need to have enough knowledge regarding the diet of the turtle to not make a blunder that may cost the turtle its life. If you feel that you are not prepared enough, it is always much better to wait. These can not be impulse decisions because of what is considered to be at stake in a certain situation.
It is important to note that turtles are omnivores. This means that they are capable of eating both meat-based foods and plant-based foods. They are capable of digesting them, and it is quite good for them to eat both kinds of foods for nutrition purposes.
Turtles do not get their proteins from the same places that we get our proteins from. Their sources are slightly different from ours because they can not digest the kinds of meats that we tend to eat. Their proteins come from insects and bugs, smaller foods that they can chew and digest much easily.
Can turtles eat snails?
When it comes to snails, we have the same idea. Turtles can eat snails, and it is quite easy for them to do so if you put the snails inside their aquariums. Unless the snails are too fast or unnecessarily fast, the turtles will catch them and devour them in no time at all. Snails can be an easy and good source of protein for turtles. If the turtle is new to the snail, allow it to get used to the idea of the creature. It will usually follow its animal instinct and eat it, but if it avoids that and does not want to eat it, forcing it can lead to something worse, so it is much better to avoid doing so.
What you also have to understand is that there are some side effects of giving your turtle a snail to eat. Usually, snails roam around on the ground, and because of their slimy and sticky exterior, they tend to attract a lot of bacteria. When your turtle eats these snails, usually, that bacteria goes inside the turtle as well, making it quite sick. It may create digestive problems that you may not be aware of until it is too late, mainly because of turtles’ nonchalant nature.
Also, many people tend to cook snails before giving them to their pets. It may be a good idea to do so because it manages to get rid of the bacteria to a certain extent; this can further make sure that the turtle does not get sick because of a snail. However, it is not ethical to put spices in while you are cooking it for the turtle. This is because spices can cause harm that you may not even know of; it is always better to stay on the safe side.
It is always better to research before giving your pet a new kind of food that it is not used to, and you have never given it before. This may alarm the turtle, but it may have some negative effect on the turtle’s body. It is important to understand that before you buy a pet, researching in any way is imperative to make sure you are not harming the living creature. If you are still unsure after doing your research online, try to consult a professional. They may be able to guide you better.