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Turtle As a Petor

Turtle As a Petor

Turtle As a Pet

Turtles are a common pet animal, with around 385 million turtles across the entire globe. They are often kept for their impressive size, their long life span, and their relatively low cost to keep. Other reasons for keeping turtles are to show off to friends and help children learn about nature.

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The Mississippi Map Turtle is a small animal that can live up to about 30 years old, which is actually a little shorter than most other types of turtles. These little turtles are timid and tend to be afraid of loud people and commotion. Their shelter should be in a peaceful place where there isn’t much action going on. Without getting stressed, these hardy turtles are quite healthy and aren’t prone to many health problems.

Oliver (Ollie) Jones - A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master's degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types. (Source: petkeen.com)

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Oliver (Ollie) Jones – A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master’s degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.

Turtles are very popular pets and can be terrific for people who want a fascinating animal to look at and appreciate — but maybe not necessarily to cuddle with. Turtles can be great for families with elementary school-age children and older, but not ideal for families with very young kids who might drop them, forget to feed them or forget to wash their hands after handling them (there is a very important reason why — keep reading!). If you are thinking of getting a turtle as a pet, here are some interesting facts about them that you may not know. (Source: www.vetstreet.com)

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Never release a pet turtle into the wild. Turtles kept in captivity may not have the important nutrients they need to survive through the cold winter. In addition, your turtle may not be native to your area and should not interbreed with wild turtles. Captive turtles may also carry diseases or parasites that could harm the local population. For these reasons, it is very important that if you no longer want a pet turtle and do not know where it was captured, you should try to find a capable new owner. For help, contact a local herpetology society, zoo or wildlife rehabber. Your state’s department of wildlife web page is a usually a great place to find lists of certified rehabbers.

In general, males have a more concave plastron than females. This concavity allows for easier mounting of the male on the female for mating. Males are also slightly larger than females. Having a male and female next to each other makes the comparison easier. Males also usually have longer and thicker tails, which once again facilitates easier maneuvering during mating. Also, the distance between the vent and the back edge of the shell is greater in males. Finally, males have red irises, while females have yellow-brown irises. (Source: vcahospitals.com)

 

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