Have you sometimes wished that you had some cute pets to call your own?
Then again, you have loved turtles all the time. Have you often wondered if there was a way to have turtles as pets and be able to have a fulfilling pet experience with them? You have!
There is some good news for you then!
Spotted turtles are beauty and cuteness personified. They are the small wonders that grow to a maximum of 5 inches only and are bright and colorful. If all this was not enough, they are also hardy as well as alert and so amiable that you will never want to be away from them!
Spotted turtles are sort after in the pet trade
There used to be a time that spotted turtles could be spotted (pun intended haha) everywhere. Nowadays, it is hard to come across as many spotted turtles in the wild. Captive-bred is a big hit with exotic pet collectors. The only downside that there will be is that you may be asked to cough up quite a significant sum of money to own these beauties.
But believe us you – once you bring home these shallow water turtles right inside your home and your heart, there is not going to be one single day in your life that you are going to repent having overpaid. Promise!
Why are they such a hit with amphibian enthusiasts?
- They are very easy to maintain and care for
- They do not require too much space to be housed
- Very friendly by nature
- Best for entry-level pet lovers
Where can you still find the spotted turtles in the wild?
The spotted turtle is a star turtle in North America. It is found in such vast expanses that there is no place left where you cannot find it. From Ontario to Quebec to Florida to Illinois, you will find them everywhere. Surprisingly there is no single place where you will find them in great numbers!
Where are you so sure that you will find them?
North America has rich aquatic resources. The spotted turtle will surely find you in the thickly vegetated marshes, and swamps of shallow wetlands and bogs dotted along with the country. While the hatchlings immediately take to the water as soon as they are born, the adults like to spend a lot of their lives on land.
Their numbers in the wild are fast dwindling owing to two reasons
- Poaching of spotted turtles is extensively done along with its habitat
- Clearing of marshes and reclaiming such lands has also led to it moving away from their homes.
Do we recommend that you carry home one from the wild?
You could if you wished to. However, we strongly recommend that you take home a captive bred one only. Why? Because firstly, an adopted wild pet that you take home as about zero chances of survival. Additionally, the law in various jurisdictions does not allow turtles less than 5 inches to be taken home because they are carriers of deadly Salmonella virus.
Does it have an active camouflage?
Like all tiny turtles, the spotted turtle has a lot of predators in the wild. Their dwindling numbers are a sad indication of the fact that there will be a day too soon when we may not come across even a single one in the wild.
Spotted turtles have very light yellow spots on its black color carapace that allows it to merge with its marshy habitat. This way, it steers away from its predators.
Say you finally did pay a handsome sum to get home one of the most exorbitant but cute looking turtles. Congratulations! Now your biggest challenge is to make a home for them that will allow this small but active turtle enough places to call an adventure.
Spotted turtles love to forage while exploring the habitat that they live in, so make sure you provide it enough space to go around. A 20 gallons rectangular aquarium is what is recommended for one adult turtle. But the extra room is always welcome.
Care chart for the beauteous spotted ones!
1. Water depth:
Maintain water depth only so much that allows the turtle to bob out of the water without the need to swim.
Spotted turtle hatchlings are excessively shy till they grow up. Make sure that you provide the, with adequate cover to hide.
3. Basking area:
Even though turtles will spend a lot of their time in the water, they do need to be provided with a basking site it they are caged indoors.
4. UVB radiations:
Using high-quality UV-B radiations light bulb is a requisite for turtles that are housed indoors. Fix the light, preferably on the top of the intended basking site. Follow a twelve-hour day and night pattern.
A heater is a welcome addition if the temperature in your area turns nippy towards the evening or in the nights.
6. Water filter
A powerful water filtration system is a must, especially for turtles. You can do with a fish tank filter in case you cannot manage to set up one for the turtles. Proper filtration will ensure that the plants in the aquarium also remain healthy. Some of the latest filters come with bacteria growth plates, which will give you a clear idea about the health of your aquarium.
The turtles will need a water temperature in the range of 65 to 80 F. The basking area with the UV B paraphernalia has to be in the minimum range of 80 to 90 F.
Pet turtles can be fed whole animals like minnows, earthworms, snails, and prawns. Live insects such as cricket and roaches are great too. You could consider supplementing their diet with commercial food also.
Avoid spinach and cabbages like the plague because it is generally linked to kidney and liver diseases in them. Goldfishes can be fed occasionally only, but cuttlefish can be given for its high calcium content.
Finally, handle your turtles with care and prudence and see them blossom in your care. They will give you enough company to last a lifetime!!