Pawesome is no stranger to the discussion of awesome pet homes but we haven’t tackled turtle turf yet, so I thought it only fair to ask, what is the right kind of home for a pet turtle?
First, indoor turtles live in an aquarium and although it’s similar to a fish tank, it’s not quite the same. Unlike fish, our turtle friends are reptiles which means that they need both land and water in their habitat.
When buying turtle tank accessories, make sure that the welfare and safety of your turtle is always priority number one! Never place any rough stones in the aquarium as they may potentially injure your pets. I mean, you wouldn’t purchase a recliner outfitted in jagged rocks, now would you? Same idea. Go for the smooth stones/rocks! And stones which are found outside need to be sterilized before placing them inside the tank. All other store-bought accessories (like that sunken skeleton or bubbling googly eyed oyster you’ve been eyeing at the pet store) should be cleaned every seven to ten days. One handy tip for sticking to your cleaning schedule is to take out and disinfect the accessories when you change your tank water.
In the wild, turtles love to bask in the sun. In your home, you will need to set up a dry area in the turtle tank for this purpose. Most people use a rock or a piece of wood that the turtle can climb onto. Whatever platform you choose, it should be one that protrudes out of the water, so your turtle can remain high and dry while on it. One of the easiest ways to create an elevated basking place is by piling smooth rocks on one side of the turtle tank. Another material often used to enhance a basking area is floating cork, which slow pokes love to use as a raft.