Turtle Deck

 

 

Pet Starship always looks for some of the most interesting pets that are easy to care for. We also look at how inexpensive they are because of this tight economy. So welcome to the world of pet Turtles. Here are some basic info to get started.

Let’s start out with the habitat of the turtle. This includes, of course, the pen it lives in. It should be 70-80 degrees and the tank should be no smaller then 30 gallons. One part should be water and the other gravel(land)Always keep a water heater and thermometer to make sure its never too cold or hot. The reason is too warm water prevents hibernation and too cold prevents a hearty appetite. Oh…make sure there is no mucky dirty water either. Turtles have to always be clean and have no bacteria or fungal infections.

Feeding the turtle is an essential part of taming your prized Turtle. Obviously make sure you know the species of the Turtle so you will know its diet. Some can be herbivorous, carnivorous and even omnivorous. A typical turtle diet is rich in protein, calcium, and vitamin D. That helps keep the shell healthy. Snails, small fish, vegetation, live crickets, earthworms are good meals for a turtle.

They also make a lot of waste so make sure you change the tank weekly. Placing an UV light on the tan is also good to help in the so called SUN and get vitamin D also. Most reptiles including Turtles carry Salmonella bacteria. To prevent human transfer, small children should not handle Turtles. Use proper hygiene practices all the time. The great thing about Turtles is they can live for decades and you can choose from 300 species!!.

Please note that turtles are not like other pets you can pick up and cuddle. They do not like to leave their habitat more than they have to. They are also cold blooded so make sure you do not place them directly in the sun either.

 So that is the basics. If you need more info just e mail us here at the pet starship.

 

     Red Necked Turtle 

 

TURTLE RACING IN CHICAGO

Well some times the crew on PS hears about certain rituals that go on for years at bars. Ladies night…..Kareoke…and some times…Turtle Races. What? Turtle  races? YES!. So we did our research and found out one is the longest running races of Turtles in theUS. One is Brennans in Marina Del Ray Ca…the other is Big Joes in Lincoln Square of Chicago. Big Joes has been doing this for over 10 yrs….and looks like it will not be stopping soon. Check out the funny video below and don’t forget to vote for your favorite…TURTLE.

 

 

 

Turtles don’t eat….sometimes.

Sometimes when you get a pet turtle you find out that sometimes they just don’t eat. You try everything…talking to them…picking them up and trying to make them feel guilty…nothing. So just think of these things next time. It’s just logical.

Is the temperature of the tank warm enough?

Yes ,turtles actually get cold. When they do they don’t eat as much and just start thinking of their long nap for winter.

Does your turtle like the food you are offering?

Some turtles can be like human, they become very picky eaters. They have their favorites foods and not. Just start off with their favorite foods first then slowly introduce other menu items.

Is your turtle under any stress? Are they being handled too much, traveling a lot, or do they possibly have new tank mates?

Many new animals often experience this stress and it may cause them to not eat properly. Just keep trying and have lots of patience. They may take several weeks before they eat again….so no worries.

*Your turtle not eating may also be a sign of illness. So make sure you take care of them soon.

 

     Turtle Habitat

Turtles and the great outdoors…

 We know most of the turtle owners like to keep them INDOORS…but many like to live OUTDOORS…so included is some quick info for that.

Make sure that there is a cage or enclosed box for your turtle. They are great climbers and diggers so make sure you create this accordingly. One crucial factor is to make the area is pesticide free.

You don’t need any extra lighting because the sun will provide heat and proper lighting. They will need places to hide though..so pots and maybe some boxes, grass clippings or hollow wood logs would be good to put around their places where they live.

 

What the hell is wrong with my Turtle??

Ever wonder what is wrong with your Turtle? You will come and want to play with it…and then it is just not feeling right. So here are a few things to look at before you get too worried.

1) Check its shell for cuts or lumps.

2)  When it eats,,, is it in the water and then walking around?

3) Check the weight of the turtle to know if it is losing weight. This happens if it has worms      One of the best ways of telling is the eating pattern. Normally they have the same pattern everyday.

4) If it has respiratory problems..it will gasp for breath with its mouth open. Scratches and    cuts that are superficial. Usually many of these can be treated with a home made first aid kit. This should have just a few things like chlorhexadine or Betadine solution, triple antibiotic ointment, cotton tipped applicators, surgical tape and gauze pads. If the wounds are to large or deep, take it to a local vet.

a) If there are insects or fly eggs on the skin, take them away with tweezers and use dissenfectant. Mites can be washed off with soapy water. Take it to a vet if maggots are eating away at the flesh.

b) Irregular shell growth can be MBD (Metablic bone disease). You can see this on long nails and overgrown beak.

These are just a few quick pointers. Best thing to do just check what its eating(protein and fat, minerals and vitamins)…how much sunlight..change in diet.

 

 

Turtle First aid

Turtle Care…knowing they are sick.

Most people know that having a pet turtle is a great thing, especially if it is for kids. But what happens if they get sick? Well here are some quick pointers in case they do.

The easiest indicator of an ailing Turtle is its physical appearance. Usually the turtles shell says a lot about how the turtle is feeling and how ailing it is. Normally a slight change in color or deformity will show its deficiency in vitamin or calcium intake.

Rashes or even a slight scratch is an injury. Its ok for some animals….not a turtle.

Sick turtles also get runny noses and swollen eyes. Just like people. They sneeze, cough and gasp for air. If you see these signs along with your turtles sluggishness, it means it has bacterial and respiratory infection. This normally occurs because the habitat is contaminated. Just make sure the tank and the turtles surrounding are clean and they have a balanced diet.