Spotted turtle is one of the smallest semi-aquatic turtles there is. This small, eye catching surely an ideal pet as it is low maintenance and can even live outdoor. All it need from you is a lot of care to keep them healthy and most likely will accompany you until old age since some of spotted turtle can reach 100 years old.
Spotted Turtles is considered one of the smallest turtles in the United States. They are primarily found in the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States, as well as along the eastern seaboard. This little fellow prefers shallow bodies of water, such as marshes, sedge meadows, swamps, bogs, woodland brooks and streams, and seasonal and permanent ponds. They will go on land when they travel between wetlands, and also when they need to use for nesting and hibernation.
The Spotted Turtle can be kept indoor as well as outdoor. They should not kept in a tank or enclosure with deep water because they are not a good swimmers. Hatchlings are primarily aquatic, and only leave the water to bask. As they mature, you may notice they don’t spend as much time in the water.
Because they do spend a lot of time in the water, often even feeding in there, you must ensure the water is kept clean. Dirty tanks and ponds can lead to a variety of health problems for your turtle. Using a suitable water filtration system, compatible with shallow water conditions. is often recommended. This means you will have to clean the water manually less often, making things less time consuming for you and less stressful for the turtles.
It is important to keep your Spotted Turtle comfortable and warm. Ideal water temperature will be around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their basking areas should be warm enough, ideally with a temperature of around 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature drops too low, this can induce hibernation in your turtle.
Turtles need sufficient amount of vitamins to help them metabolize calcium properly. Without this, they can suffer from a number of health conditions. Providing UVB-emitting lamp above basking spots, particularly in an indoor tank, where your turtle will not be exposed to natural sunlight.
Spotted Turtles are primarily carnivorous, and providing them with a varied diet will help to keep their health in check. They mostly like shrimps, worms, crickets, and other instincts. You can also add in some commercial turtle pellets if these are enjoyed. These pellets often contain Vitamin D3 supplemented calcium which can be beneficial for indoor turtles.
These turtles feature a hinge less plastron and you can differentiate the males from the females easily because the males will have a slightly concave plastron, while the females will feature a flat plastron. Male turtles will have a thicker and longer tail than female turtles.
The most distinguishing feature is its shell, which features yellow spots that increase in number as the animal ages. There could sometimes be over 125 spots scattered across the face and shell of a Spotted Turtle, while a younger turtle will only have a few spots. Next, they are usually only between four to six inches in size when fully mature. Even though they are a semi-aquatic species, they are not known for their swimming skills and frequently stick to the shallows.
However, Spotted Turtles are a curious, alert and active species. As with most aquatic turtles, they can become stressed by over-handling. They are best observed without too much interference.
- Length: 4 to 6 inches
- Type: Semi-aquatic
- Color: Brownish-black carapace with yellow colored spots.
Spotted Turtle often carry salmonella and other pathogens that can spread to humans. Wash your hands after handling them is a must. It is best to look for a turtle at a reputable breeder or rescue group that can give you details on the animal history and health. There are other symptoms that you need to watch out to keep them in good condition. Such as:
- Gastrointestinal parasites: Poor appetite and abnormal feces
- Respiratory infections: Habitat too cold
- Shell rot or Ulcers: Unsanitary habitat or Improper diet
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