A turtle that get 5 inches surrounded by its entire existence?
i have a 20 gallon wide tank its the size of a 30 gallon everyday tank its relly wide and long and i want to put a turtle that gets more or less 5 inches in its entire life so wht type of turtle can i put in it
20 or 30 gallon is still to small for even the smallest turtle.
check out 'austinsturtlepage.com' for adjectives info on thee smallest and all turtles.
Sliders, cooters , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied all are vitally the same and require the same basic safekeeping,Total Body length: 5-8" average for males, up to 12 inches max for females. Life span: 15-25+ years
Males have the longer front nails and are used in mate. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till just about 3” across.
Aquatic are a life long commitment.
I wish you luck. I have be a mom to Two 36 yr old females for 36 long yrs.( plus an 8,5 and 2 yr old males for the last 7 yrs now)
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle.
I hold used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and now a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at all.
Sliders, cooters , midland, painted, map, pale bellied all are basically the same and require alike basic care.
They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows surrounded by the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! The more they guzzle the healthier the turtle. When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we have in back then be goldfish to feed so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they carry exercise also!
TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve existing slow and if they eat it that’s fine!!
They can have garden worms, collation worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they call for at least 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash.
.**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking within Vitamin A. Which we all need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables beside Vitamin A.
Did you know that they need to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a morning for the vitamin D that they need to grow.
They need a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 76 to 78 degree always.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
They will bite terrifically very hard.
Under 4" they carry a disease call 'salmonella'. So you must wash after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if within is not enough room and food. Two BABY turtles (not over 3” a piece) should have a 55 gallon tank to start. TO START ! Cause whether they live you’ll need 100 gallons soon.
And my pictures don't lie. All ages and all sizes get hold of along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat!
Their water needs to be verbs otherwise they get sick easily from dirty water exact they poop allot. You need a good filter system!
Gravel larger than they can swallow.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your container to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
You probably already know that they get sick effortlessly, shell rot, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, vomiting, blowing bubbles from their nose. Fungus white cotton patches on their skin, treat by adding a 1/4 of a cup of aquarium brackish per 5 gallons to irritate and hopefully kill fungus. The addition of sulfa drugs such as those sold at pet stores under the identify "Dr. Turtle" also should help kill fungus. Here is one source that sells Dr. Turtle. They also presently sell a Sulfa dip by Zoo Med to treat bacteria and/or fungus.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state or country..