Care for the land tortoise at home
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- Construction of housing
Many mistaken, believing tortoise unpretentious animals. At the same time care for the turtle will not be burdensome for the owner’s burden, if he is responsiblecome to this. In general, care of the land turtle “rests” on three key areas: health, arrangement of habitat and feeding. Before buying a pet, it is necessary to examine the data points in order to avoid problems in the future.
Construction of housing
Contrary to popular belief, let the turtle in the “free floating” in the apartment can not. Pet can get to a secluded place from which will not be able to get out, get under the feet to someone from the household or to catch a cold. In this connection, it is advisable to keep the animal in the cage.
The optimal solution would be terrarium with transparent walls of 50 cm in length and 30 cm in width. Can be a viable alternative to lodge, in which all walls (except the front) are made of opaque material – plastic or painted wood. The main thing is that the material is well washed: it is easier to care for. Such a terrarium, you can create your own hands.
Over the terrarium should be hung two lamps. The first – with the usual lamp power up to 60 W, the second – from the ultraviolet. The UV lamp must from time to time (once a year and a half) is replaced by a new one. Ultraviolet vital for turtles: it facilitates the absorption of calcium and, hence, provides strength to the inner and outer skeleton.
Terrarium be practical to lay artificial turf. Some owners use for this natural materials: hay, sawdust and coarse gravel. With regard to the layer, then ideally the thickness should be about 3 cm.
Terrarium should contain a “shelter” – a house, in which the turtle can hide from prying eyes. To make such a house can be independently, with their own hands. It is desirable that the shelter was made of washable materials – make it easier to care for.
Before staying in a pet cage, make sure that you take care of the purchase of feeders and waterers. Optimal – wide trough circular shape, made of a heavy material.
As for the drinkers, then it can become a container of ceramics or special troughs. Installing it is necessary to directly under the lamp, so that the liquid in the container was always warm. And feeder and drinker should have low edges, or be almost flat.
Properly equipped terrarium – the key to a long and happy life of the pet.
Caring for a turtle at home impossible without care. Bathe these exotic animals need: they doted in the “bath” procedures.
Bathe your turtle must be as follows:
- Fill a container with warm water (about 36.6 degrees Celsius). The water level is calculated from the growth turtle (1/3 must be above the water and under water 2/3).
- Seat the animal in a container. Gently wipe the paws and muzzle pitomitsy shell. To do this, use your own hand or a soft sponge. If there is serious contamination you can bathe with soap and water turtle. The main thing – carefully wash off with warm water facilities.
- Wipe it dry and place the animal in the cage darling.
Bathe tortoises preferably every 7 days; juveniles under the age of two years – once in three days.
Need to care for the pet and claws – life at home does not allow them to grind the natural way. The claws can be shortened as regrowth at home. To do this, apply the nail scissors or clippers. Cut light fragment claw receptacles are located in a dark area, which can not be hurt.
Do not forget to take care of the turtles dwelling. Terrarium must be periodically washed with soap, soda or other easily washed off with detergent.
The extent of pollution need to change vehicle. Artificial turf or gravel wash when dirty and put back in the cage. Take care to feeding, watering and house turtles were always clean. Timely remove the remnants of half-eaten food and drinking water change.
Contents turtles at home – that’s fine. But sometimes you need to let pitomitsy walk in the fresh air. Make outings in nature can only when the air temperature rises above 25 degrees, and the sun warms the earth well. Before releasing an animal from the hands, make sure that the field is not inedible grass. Watch out for a favorite: the turtle can hide in the tall grass, and you will lose it forever.
Many people have no idea what to feed a land turtle. Some people prefer to feed pets bought-in feed, but food for turtles actually cook their own hands at home.
Typical feed is a mixture of finely chopped vegetables, fruits, herbs with added vitamins and minerals. Contain the animal in the summer, simply feed it greens (Clover, Plantain, mother-and-stepmother, dandelion leaves), berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) and vegetables.
During the winter diet should consist of vegetables and herbs (70%), fruit (25%) of vitamins and minerals (5%). Really cook mineral supplement with their own hands, using bone meal or thoroughly washed eggshells. Products are best suited for feeding turtles are: carrots, cabbage / lettuce, apples.
To properly care for your pet, not enough to know what they eat tortoise. It is important to understand what kind of food they eat, you should not. For such foods include bread, food for other pets, milk, foods with human table, citrus peel, poisonous plants, bones of berries and fruits, meat, insects, and fish.
The content of tortoises in home conditions is a challenge for the unprepared person. However, reading the recommendations in this article, you will find that caring for a turtle to easily and extremely exciting.