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Housing terrapins indoors | what to get
Terrapins make great aquatic pets. They are closely related to the terrestrial tortoise that lives on land, but their habits and care requirements are very different.
There are many different species of turtle and terrapin, and all have slightly different environmental, nutritional and behavioural needs. For all captive animals, it is ideal to provide a home as similar to the animal’s natural environment as possible. This guide gives an overview of the things to consider before buying a terrapin or tortoise.
PEXELS | Ekaterina Bolovtsova
Glass tanks are great for displaying aquatic animals. They provide the opportunity to view tortoises below the water line which is fascinating. However, many species grow relatively large, especially when compared to fish, so you do need a lot of space.
Plus, you need to remember that unlike a fish tank, tanks for tortoises aren’t filled to the brim with water. So, you’ll need a tank capable of holding a greater volume than your tortoise needs.
tubs for smaller tortoises
For smaller tortoises, plastic storage containers work well. They are lightweight, easy to clean and they come in pretty large sizes. For ventilation, cutting down the sides or drilling holes are options to modify them.
land area in tanks and tubs
At some point, all tortoises and terrapins will need to venture onto land which is an area predominantly used as a place to bask in the sun’s rays but is also used for laying eggs.
Land areas in tanks and tubs can be created using logs, rocks, soils, sands and barks. Do ensure that anything leached back into the water isn’t harmful to your turtle.
PEXELS | Ekaterina Bolovtsova
heating and lighting
A basking light or lights should be positioned above the enclosure. These lights are doing the job of the sun and provides heat, UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays are essential for turtles as it enables their bodies to manufacture vitamin D3. This in turn enables turtles to absorb calcium, which they need to maintain healthy bones and shell.
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