Caring for Pet Painted Turtles
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Caring for Pet Painted Turtles

Painted turtles make great pets for some people. Painted turtles are not hard to care for. They do require a large home with UV lighting. They must have a basking area. Their home must have an area with water as they spend much of their time in water. All turtles are very messy so it does require some time and work to keep their home clean.

Painted turtles make great pets for some people.  There are four different species of painted turtles and they are the Southern Painted Turtles, Western Painted Turtles, Eastern Painted Turtles and Midland Painted Turtles.  The Western Painted Turtle is that the largest.  Some people think the Southern Painted Turtle is the best-painted turtle for beginners to keep as a pet.

Painted turtle care can be easy if you follow a few guidelines.  All painted turtles spend most of their time in the water so their home must have a suitable area with water.  An aquarium will make a great home for your painted turtle.

Be sure you get an aquarium that will be large enough for the turtle when he is grown.  A 20 to 30 gallon aquarium will work for a young turtle but a full-grown turtle will need a 55-gallon aquarium.

After you get your aquarium, you will have to put a substrate on the floor of the aquarium.  Turtles must have a substrate on the floor because they love to dig.  The substrate must be cleaned when it gets dirty.

Painted turtles must have an area of the aquarium that has water in it.  The water area must be large enough and deep enough for the turtle to swim in.  The water should be twice as deep as the turtle is wide. If your turtle is 3 inches wide, the water should be 6 inches deep.  Your painted turtle’s water should be kept between 76 and 80 degrees.  You should get a submersible aquarium heater as they work very well.  You must put the heater where the turtle cannot get to it, as turtles can be very destructive at times.

Turtles are very messy when they eat and they defecate a lot.  You should use a filter to help keep the water clean.  A canister filter works very well for this.  You will still have to change half of the water twice a week.

Your painted turtle must have a land area where he can get out and bask under a UV lamp.  To make a basking area for your turtle you can put in a stack of rocks.  Make sure the area is easy for your turtle to climb on and make sure the rocks do not have sharp edges or the turtle will injure himself.

You must provide your turtle with UV lighting.  Your turtles basking area should be between 85 and 95 degrees.  Mercury vapor reptile bulbs work well in the basking area.

Your painted turtle will love it if you decorate his home.  Painted turtles are very inquisitive, they love to explore, and they will bite, chew and try to climb anything they have in their home.  You can use wood objects, rocks and plants to decorate your turtle’s home.  You can acquire many decorative items at the pet store that are suitable for your turtle’s home.

You must feed your turtle a good quality food and you will be able to get his food at any pet store.  You can give your turtle fruit and vegetables as a treat.  Be sure to remove any uneaten food from your turtle’s home.

If you take good care, of your painted turtle, you will keep him healthy and happy he will live over 20 years. 

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