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Some tips for choosing and caring for your shell reptile.
The adoption of a land turtle commits the host household because it will need to be cared for for many years.
Buy your turtle from a reputable pet store. Avoid purchases between individuals or on the Internet.
Purchase of a land turtle
Make sure the animal is healthy and alive. If he doesn't try to escape or fit into his shell, that's a bad sign! The shell must not show any wounds, redness, parasites or spots (mycosis). The turtle's breathing should be quiet and not wheezing. His eyes should be sharp and his nose should not run.
Take advantage of your purchase to get a vivarium and the necessary food. Infra red lamps will be appreciated if your home is poorly heated. The turtle likes to take a warm nap after the meal to digest it well.
Feeding a land turtle
Land turtles are herbivores. They feed less in summer than in spring. In the fall, they make a stock for hibernation. You can feed them dandelion greens, radish tops, wild chicory, dried nettle, beets, romaine, etc. But never lettuce, cabbage, garlic, onion, artichoke, potato, bread, croquettes or milk.
Land turtles must consume 5% of their weight daily (for adults, 10% for young). Their food intake should contain twice as much calcium as phosphorus. You can get balanced preparations enriched with vitamins, minerals and amino acids in pet stores. Make sure they don't contain artificial colors or flavors.
> Plan one diet day per week.
Consider giving them fresh water every day. The ideal being a saucer for a planter that will also allow baths.
Pierrick le Loua
Credits: Gervanio (photo1) Gibrann (photo2)