Owning a Pet TurtleReptiles
Several species of turtles are available for purchase as pets. By far the most common species is the popular box turtle, which will be the subject of this discussion. Check with your veterinarian about specific requirements for your pet if you happen to own another species of turtle.
The turtle is a popular reptile pet; the box turtle is probably the most common species of turtle kept as a pet. Due to the high incidence of Salmonella poisoning in the 1970's, laws were... Read More
Special Problems of Pet TurtlesReptiles
Turtles have several unique problems; understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care issues.
Commonly called bladder stones, these occur when minerals from the diet form crystals, which then form stones. Usually these are composed of uric acid, which usually results from a diet that contains too much protein (such as a diet high in dog food or cat food).
When people think of hibernation, most imagine bears in caves taking a long winter sleep. Did you know, however, that reptiles like Desert Tortoises and Red Eared Sliders, have a similar behavior called brumation? In the wild, these animals deal with cold temperatures by digging burrows or finding safe hiding places and slowing their metabolisms to a bare minimum.
Some aquatic species, like sliders, will even brumate underwater, only periodically coming up for a breath before dropping back to the bottom of a pond. Brumation is a survival technique for harsh conditions, and in some species, is involved in stimulating reproductive activity in the spring.
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