If the basking platform is unstable, I recommend getting a commercially produced turtle platform. These are easy to find and can be purchased at most pet shops that sell turtles and other reptiles. If you think the commercially produced platforms aren’t good enough, you can easily make a basking platform yourself.
Central American Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni) is a turtle species of which a number of species and subspecies come from Central America, with a distribution range from Mexico to Northern Ecuador and Northern Brazil. It lives on the savannahs, in forests and on riverbanks.
The big headed turtle is akin to the Platysternidae family and native to Southeast Asia and Southern China. As obvious by its name, it’s famous for its large head. When translated from Greek, its name suggests that it has a big head and a flat chest.
The mata-mata is an interesting-looking freshwater turtle endemic to South America. It can specifically be found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. While not as popular as several other freshwater turtles, such as red-eared sliders, this turtle is fancied by many turtle enthusiasts for its unique appearance and interesting mannerisms.
The Texas map turtle is one of the more popular turtle species kept as pets. They are quite easy to breed and make excellent turtles for beginners. As strong swimmers, the Texas map turtle needs an aquatic setup and a platform to bask on. As their name suggests, they are endemic to Texas and are a map turtle species. As with other map turtles, the Texas map turtle has a keeled and serrated shell.
The Ouachita map turtle is one of the less popular map turtles. However, these turtles are easy to care for and have needs which are quite similar to other North American turtles. They are hardy and lively. This turtle also has the contour lines which gives it its common name. In terms of size, the Ouachita map turtle is medium to large. They belong to the family Emydidae and make excellent first pets.
Scorpion mud turtles, unlike African mud turtles are native to the Americas. While this aquatic turtle may not be the most popular pet choice, scorpion mud turtles are wonderful pets to keep. They are hardy, inquisitive and playful – all characteristics of great pets.
The yellow belly turtle, also known as the yellow bellied turtle, or yellow belly terrapin is a perfect beginners pet turtle, though compared to map turtles they can get considerably large. As long as that isn’t an issue for you they do make for some great display pets though.
For most reptiles, it is essential that they bask. Turtles are not the only reptiles that need to bask. There are many reasons why your turtle is not basking. There are some species such as softshells that hardly bask. Also, the turtle may be gravid or unwell. It could also be possible that the turtle is scared or stressed.
Turtles like any other animal need to rest. Most pet turtles are diurnal and as such sleep at night. To ensure the turtle sleeps well, turn the lights off during the evening. Try and maintain a day-night cycle. This means that the lights in the turtle’s aquarium need to be on for 10-12 hours each day and off for 10-12 hours each day.
though Vitamin K is slightly less talked about than Vitamins D, ,A and C – it is every bit as essential! For turtlesthey must getet a healthy amount in their diet, otherwise Vitamin K, deficiency (also known as Avitaminosis K) may occur. Vitamins play an essential role in turtle diets because they support a variety of biological functions and maintain tissues. Vitamin intake supports things like bone and shell strength, skin health and eyes,ight.
Turtles Like Any Other Animal Need To Rest. Most Pet Turtles Are Diurnal And As Such Sleep At Night. To Ensure The Turtle Sleeps Well, Turn The Lights Off During The Evening. Try And Maintain A Day-night Cycle. This Means That The Lights In The Turtle’s Aquarium Need To Be On For 10-12 Hours Each Day And Off For 10-12 Hours Each Day.