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Terrapin Care

What is a terrapin?

A terrapin is generally used to define a smaller species of turtles that normally live in fresh or brackish water. There is normally not any difference between a turtle and a terrapin. However, the English language is the same for both. When someone owns a terrapin, questions regarding the care and health can arise. Read below where a few commonly asked questions have been answered by Experts.

How can an owner make sure that their terrapin is healthy?

When someone owns a terrapin, the environment in which the reptile lives needs to be right for them in order to maintain their health. In many cases, owners may need to make sure the terrapin has a large tank, the right temperature, water and access to plenty of food. The terrapin will also need to have a source of heat to make sure they maintain the proper body temperature.

How does someone take care of a baby slider terrapin?

When someone owns a baby sliding terrapin, they will need to make sure the baby has a 15 gallon tank. As the terrapin grows, the size of the tank will need to become larger. Owners may need to make sure the baby has an area in the take that has both dry land and water. Heat lamps will also be needed because most of these types of reptiles need to make sure they maintain proper body temperatures.

What does an owner need to do when their terrapin becomes sick?

When a terrapin is showing signs of sickness, the owner may need to take the reptile to a vet. If the terrapin is in fact sick, the owner will need to remove the reptile from the regular enclosure in order to place them in an environment where they can stay dry and rest. Once the vet has looked at the sick animal, the treatment can then be determined.

Is a UVB light important for a terrapin and what else should the owner do to make sure the terrapin is healthy?

In many cases, when someone owns a terrapin, the owner will need to make sure that this reptile has a UVB (ultraviolet b) light as well as calcium supplements. This will generally help the terrapin maintain the bones and shell. Owners may also need to make sure the terrapin has a balanced diet to make sure the reptile is healthy.

What should the terrapin tank temperature be?

When a person owns a terrapin, making sure the tank that the reptile lives in is the right temperature is generally important. The temperature that the tank will generally need to be is:
• Ambient air 28 degrees Celsius
• Under the basking light 32 degrees Celsius
• Water 22 degrees Celsius

What happens when the temperature in the terrapin tank is not warm enough and what should be done?

When the water or air is not warm enough, the terrapin may have some form of bacterial infection. When this occurs, the owner may need to make sure the temperature meets the needs of the terrapin as well as antibiotics to treat any infection.

Terrapins are a smaller form of a turtle. The health of the terrapin may also depend on how the terrapin is taken care of as well as the temperature in which the terrapin lives in. When a person owns a terrapin, questions regarding care and health may arise. When answers to these questions are needed, the owner may want to ask the Experts.

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