Small water turtles for sale
Aquatic Turtles can be kept with other turtles or in a habitat/pond with large fish (turtles may eat small fish). Larger habitats are required for multiple turtles.
(A) Use a 55-gallon, or larger aquarium.
(B) Screened lid, if not included with aquarium.
(C) Use an underwater or canister filter for water area.
Step 2Heating and Lighting
Adequate temperature and humidity levels are imperative to your turtle’s health.
(D) Habitats should be equipped with two thermometers (one aquarium thermometer to monitor water temperature and one to monitor the temperature near the basking site).
• Supplemental heat should be provided by placing a (E) heat bulb over one side of the habitat. The heat should be provided on the same side of the habitat as the land. Heat bulbs can be turned off at night to provide cooler nighttime temperatures if the temperature does not drop below 70°.
(F) Use an underwater heater as needed to maintain the temperatures in the water.
• Use a night-specific heat lamp as needed to maintain nighttime temperatures.
|Cool Side||75 - 85° F (24-29° C)|
|Basking Spot||90 - 95° F (32-35° C)|
|Water||72 - 77° F (22-25° C)|
|Night||65-75° F (18-24° C)|
• Aquatic Turtles are diurnal meaning they are most active during the day. Aquatic Turtles require 12 hours of (G) ultraviolet light per day.
• For night viewing, use a night-specific bulb to minimize visible light provided to your turtle.
Step 3Substrate and Decor
• Aquarium gravel may be used to create a sloped area for land.
• Vacuum gravel in the habitat to remove debris with each water change.
(H) Provide floating turtle landing dock if not providing land space by sloping the gravel.
(I) Provide branches for decor.
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for reptiles. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, ask a veterinarian familiar with reptiles to examine your pet.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Runny droppings for more than two days
• Eating or drinking less; weight loss
• Swollen joints
• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
• Shedding problems; discolored skin
• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding
If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.
The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.
• Specific standards for in-store pet care.
• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.
Use caution when handling reptiles. All pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Always handle your turtle by the mid section and not by the limbs. Supervise children around pets.