Last Updated on April 26, 2020 by John B. Nelson
It is almost a decade since I started to keep turtles as pets. During this time, I have had three different turtles. I still have them to this very day and that’s the best part. But how have I done it?
It takes much more than just feeding a turtle to get them going. And don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that feeding isn’t important. What I mean is this. Apart from feeding, you must find many other ways on how to make a turtle happy.
Thankfully, these things that turtles require to have a great lifestyle are rampant and easy to find. In this post, I will highlight the most vital ones so that you can easily keep your turtle happy when you finally get one.
Different Ways to Make a Turtle Happy
Here are the simple tips that any turtle keeper can engage in if they want to keep their turtle happy.
Give them Enough Space
A spacious tank is an awesome place for the turtles. Turtles love where they are free to move around and to explore. Enough space will do exactly that. It will also give them enough room to grow. With lots of space, the turtle can easily do the following:
NOTE: Turtles love a place where they can submerge in water. They also need an area that they can jump out of the water and dry off. Buy a tank that is big. A bigger tank makes the turtle very happy.
Bring a Beach Home
You must know by now that turtles love both water and land. It is, therefore, important that you create an environment that allows them to have the best of both worlds. Creating such an awesome habitat will easily maximize the health and longevity of your turtle. Here are a few tricks that will help you to do that.
- Keep the side of the water deeper than the turtle’s shell
- Create a slope from the land to the water for easy movement
- Have a basking platform that is adorned with a plants
- Bring in the right types of heat for your turtle
NOTE: It is not uncommon to find turtles out of the water for up to twelve hours. Turtles can easily bask for half a day without going back into the water. That’s why it is important that you create a great platform for basking.
Maintain The Hygiene
Turtles can be very messy. They can poop, eat, and leave food scraps behind. What this means is the aquarium will be very dirty after a short while. So, in case, you don’t clean it, what happens next?
Leaving the turtle’s tank to get dirt will create a breading space for bacteria. The bacterial buildup can be very harmful especially if they get under the turtle’s shell. When this happens, the turtle can get ill and dull.
In addition to that, your turtle and its environment will give a bad smell. The waste can also cause higher levels of nitrates and ammonia. This can also be quite dangerous. Here are tips that will help in maintaining high standards of hygiene.
- Have a weekly cleaning routine for your aquarium
- Separate the feeding area and the swimming area
- Use a soft brush to clean your turtle’s shell
- Always clean your hands before and after you handle the turtles
NOTE: When you clean your hands before and after you handle the turtle, you won’t transfer any bacteria or germs to your turtle or to your loved ones. You will also prevent the transfer of any diseases such as salmonella.
Give a Balanced Diet
Proper feeding is one of the best ways to make a turtle happy. Your turtle feeds on plants – and they love to feed. Nonetheless, they require a balanced diet just like you. It is, therefore, very important that you provide a variety of plants.
A variety will mean different mineral and vitamins. You can buy prepared foods for turtles. You can also bring in vegetables and insects. If your turtle loves flowers and fruits, you can also give them.
NOTE: Do not feed your turtles on any dairy product. Dairy products are full of lactose which a turtle’s stomach cannot easily digest. Also, avoid processed foods.
Let Them Work Out
Turtles love to swim around and to work out. It helps them to remove stiffness and to stretch a bit. To help turtles to stretch, the best thing to do is to provide them with live food in the form of a snack. This enables the turtle to get into a chase that keeps them fit.
Some of the live foods that you can feed turtles on include these:
- Live fish
Buy Them Toys
There are some turtles that love to play. You can buy for their toys. However, you should touch your turtles frequently. Make sure that you keep handling to a minimum. If you don’t limit this turtles will get stressed and withdrawn.
Bring In Proper Lighting
Finally, you should bring proper lighting for the turtles to bask under. Pet turtles will require both the UVA and UVB light spectrum. This will help them to maintain better health. You can buy these bulbs from the pet store.
Just inquire to find if the store has the type of bulbs that you need. With a proper bulb, your turtle will be able to bask throughout the day. These unique lighting also helps to kill germs and bacteria.
The truth is this. Turtles often feel lonely. If this happens, it will affect the health of the turtle. They could wane off or die. They might fail to eat or reproduce. That’s why many marine experts will advise that you should find ways on how to make a turtle happy if you have one as a pet.
To make your turtle happy, you must make them comfortable. You must also feed them well. Above all that, you should ensure that the turtle has a befitting environment for them to always live in.
Hi, This is John B. Nelson and the author of this website. As a cute pet, I love the turtle very much. Based on my experience with the turtle, I am sharing my opinion about the turtle care and habitat tips on this blog. I think these tips will be helpful to those peoples who have eager to turtle and want to start a journey with the turtle. Find me on Twitter. Happy reading!