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| How to support an overland turtle in house conditions and how to look after her? Will tell Infoadvisor.net about bases of the correct care of overland turtles. |
Many, deciding to get an overland turtle, consider her as very favorable and "convenient" domestic pet. And what? Eats a little, lives in a cardboard box. However to make stay of a turtle in your house rather comfortable and safe, you need to allocate her a certain space.
Usually for the maintenance of an overland turtle (any kind) terrariums of horizontal type are used. The size of a terrarium pays off proceeding from the sizes of the turtle. Two individuals up to 15-20 cm in size will require a terrarium not less than 0,5 sq.m, and for 20-30 cm – not less than one meter. The terrarium has to be wider, than the largest turtle in it, at least, by 2-3 times – that the animal could move freely.
In a terrarium surely there has to be a layer of earth 3-10 cm thick. Best of all small pebble without keen edges is suitable for this purpose. Also overland turtle needs shelter as which the turned box, for example can serve. In a box there has to be an opening for an entrance of such sizes that through it freely there passed the largest turtle of a terrarium.
Temperature condition in a terrarium should be supported same, as well as in habitual habitat of the species of a turtle chosen by you. On average it 20-35°С.
Overland turtles love water, and those types which in the nature live in damp rainforests, also very much like to lie long in water. Therefore the terrarium should be equipped with a drinking bowl and the pallet for bathing. Best of all to drown these adaptations a little in soil, and also to provide to a turtle a convenient exit from the pallet, if it deep.
Water for bathing of a turtle has to be room temperature, surely otstoyanny. Approximately once a week needs to be washed a turtle. For this purpose in a tray or a basin pour a little water (30°С) that it covered a turtle only on a third. Accurately wipe a turtle water with soap, watching closely that soap water did not get to eyes to an animal. After bathing wipe a turtle a towel and at will oil an armor the olive – for strengthening.
Clean a terrarium once a month, and also every week change water in a drinking bowl and partially – soil. Monthly it is necessary to change a laying and to wash terrarium walls with soap. It is also possible to process a terrarium a special disinfecting preparation.
Overland turtles – herbivores therefore as the main food for them vegetables and fruit, stalks and leaves of plants serve. It is impossible to give to a turtle the spoiled products. If a forage firm, grate it or crush a knife. Add once a week to a forage of a turtle of a little ground beef. Also it is possible to add to a forage in the small portions mineral top dressing, sea cabbage.
For turtles it is very important to receive enough an ultraviolet therefore in the summer a turtle it is possible and it is necessary to walk on the sun, however watch closely its safety, after all the animal can easily be run over by a car. If there is an opportunity, you can make for the overland turtle a special zagonchik in the fresh air. In the winter surely irradiate a turtle with a special ultra-violet lamp.
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