Spotted turtles are small, attractive turtles that make great pets for those who are interested in reptile ownership. These turtles are known for their striking black and yellow spots that cover their shell and skin.
However, owning a spotted turtle comes with responsibilities. In this article, we will discuss how to care for pet spotted turtles, from their diet to their habitat and everything in between.
Spotted turtles need adequate space to swim, bask, and roam around. A spacious aquarium or a turtle tank with a water depth of 10-12 inches and a dry basking area should suffice.
The water temperature should be kept between 72-78°F and the basking area should be heated to 85-90°F using a heat lamp.
Spotted turtles are omnivorous and should be fed a varied diet that includes both animal protein and plant matter. Commercial turtle food pellets, earthworms, mealworms, crickets,
and feeder fish are all good sources of protein. Offer vegetables such as kale, spinach, carrots, and squash to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Spotted turtles require clean, chlorine-free water to live in. You will need to invest in a good quality water filter to keep the water clean and healthy for your turtle. Change the water partially every week and completely every month.
Spotted turtles need exposure to UVB lighting for 10-12 hours a day to aid in their metabolism and overall health. A fluorescent UVB light should be placed above the basking area to provide the required amount of UVB light.
Spotted turtles are generally hardy creatures, but they can fall ill due to stress, improper diet, or habitat conditions.
Signs of illness in spotted turtles include lethargy, lack of appetite, abnormal feces, and respiratory distress. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is recommended to take your turtle to a reptile veterinarian.
Spotted turtles are not particularly fond of being handled and can get stressed easily. Always wash your hands before handling your turtle and avoid grabbing it by its limbs or tail.