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Maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle
|The maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle was already reviewed briefly by the Country of councils in material "How to look after a fresh-water turtle?". Today Infoadvisor.net suggests you to get acquainted closer with a krasnoukhy turtle and to learn the basic rules of the maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle in house conditions. |
The Krasnoukhy turtle is one of species of the American fresh-water turtles. In the nature she lives in small lakes, ponds. Prefers or to float slowly in search of food, or to be heated on the sun, lying ashore.
The krasnoukhy turtle received the name for oblong red spots behind eyes, is valid something the reminding ears. The carapace, i.e. back part of a tortoise shell, carries at first a green shade when the turtle still small, then becomes olive or yellow-brown. The carapace is decorated with yellow strips. The plastron – the lower part – oval, dark color and also is decorated with yellow strips and a fringing on edge.
Krasnoukhy turtles can be supported as one by one, and groups. It is undesirable to keep in one aquarium / terrarium of the turtles very different by the sizes, and also some males – they will fight.
The maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle in house conditions demands an aquarium, to be exact an akvaterrarium, not less than 100-150 l for an adult individual. The matter is that krasnoukhy turtles can grow in length up to 30 cm, so, they need a lot of place.
At an aquarium with a turtle there has to be surely a land – not less than 25% of the area. As sushi gravel or the earth will approach. It is desirable to make the coast inclined, soil should not be poured in water. Waters need to be poured so much that its level was not less than width of a tortoise shell – otherwise the turtle will not be able to turn over if unintentionally it appears on a back.
Water for the maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle has to be rather pure and warm – from 20 to 26°С. It is necessary to replace water time or two in a week. If to equip an aquarium for a krasnoukhy turtle with the filter and an electric pomp, water will remain more long pure and it can be replaced once a month.
As it was already mentioned, water for the maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle has to be warm. For this purpose it is necessary to establish a heater which will maintain the necessary water temperature in an aquarium, or it is possible to put an aquarium with a turtle in a warm place.
In the nature krasnoukhy turtles like to be basked in the sun is their main "entertainment". In house conditions it is necessary to recreate "sun" for your krasnoukhy turtle. The ordinary glow lamp plus a source of the dosed ultraviolet will be suitable for this purpose.
Ultraviolet rays are necessary for krasnoukhy turtles for the normal growth and development of an armor. The ultra-violet lamp for radiation of a turtle has to be obligatory for the low-power – medical will not approach.
It is recommended to establish a lamp at distance about a half a meter on a terrarium (avariumy) with a turtle. It is necessary to begin radiation from 1-2 times a week for 5 minutes, gradually increasing duration before half an hour in day.
Feeding in the maintenance of krasnoukhy turtles plays, of course, an important role. From that, and various the diet of your pet will be how nutritious, his life and health depends. Turtles generally need food of an animal origin, however with age they increase need for vegetable sterns.
The krasnoukhy turtle can eat crustaceans, shrimps, worms, insects, tadpoles, small fresh-water snails, both in dried and in the live or frozen look. On sale there are special forages for krasnoukhy turtles, however they not always cover all needs of turtles for nutrients and vitamins.
It is best of all to prepare independently fodder mix for the krasnoukhy turtle. It is made on the basis of edible gelatin or an agar agar. Here, for example, one of popular recipes of such forage:
Fill in gelatin with hot water and let's it bulk up. Then warm up on a water bath before full dissolution of gelatin. Mix the food ingredients crushed in the meat grinder with the shaken-up eggs and milk, add hot solution of gelatin. When temperature of mix cools down approximately to 30°С, enter the crushed tablets glitserofosfat calcium and a vitamin supplement. Mix a forage and put in the refrigerator for hardening.
Such amount of mix will be enough for an adult krasnoukhy turtle for 10 times. It is necessary to give a forage warmed up to room temperature. In need of such forage it is easy to add drugs.
At the maintenance of krasnoukhy turtles it is necessary to feed with age till two years them daily, and at the maintenance of more senior turtles 2-3 times a week are enough to feed of them.
At the correct leaving the maintenance of a krasnoukhy turtle – business not difficult, however it is always necessary to estimate the opportunities really. Krasnoukhy turtles can live in bondage till 30-40 years, so if you are not going to throw out a turtle on the street, in advance think, whether you are ready to look after the turtle well.
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