Interesting facts about pet turtles

Turtles are beginning to gain popularity as pets and can be ideal for busy people who want a low maintenance animal to admire and appreciate — but maybe without having to invest a lot of time in walking them and stroking their ego as is the case with cats and dogs.

These magnificent creatures vary in shape and size, but they all have a typical mellow temperament, which can help a kid with anxiety by calming him or her down. They can be therapeutic in a sense, which only adds to the extensive list of surprising facts about turtles.

It is a common misconception among pet owners and the general public that all turtles swim. That is not the case, as tortoises, which belong in a different category, live on land. Not even turtles are exclusive to water. Naturally, all need to drink water to survive, but some species can also thrive in a desert environment.

Also, many turtles are what we would call omnivores, meaning their diets consist of both plant and animal proteins. That’s why when you are buying a turtle as a pet, it is better to ask the vet what you should feed it and what species it belongs to so that you can accommodate its living space to the specific requirements.

This next fact is just as weird as it is interesting. Similarly to many pet birds (and not wild ones), turtles have the ability to lay eggs without a male turtle fertilizing them. The females can lay as many eggs as they wish, but unfortunately, these would be infertile and won’t hatch. And unlike their wild counterparts, pet turtles can lay eggs all year round, while the wild ones follow strict seasonal cycles.

Did you know turtles can remember their owners? It is a weird fact, which people most associated with mammals, and not reptiles until research showed the opposite. But, nevertheless, it is true. Turtles will start move and lift their head when the owner is approaching them, a thing that doesn’t happen with strangers that often.

A quirky fact that I came across while reading about these pets is that turtles don’t have ears, which is definitely peculiar. However, they’re not deaf. They actually have a complex sound transmitting system, which involves skin flaps, bones, vibrations, and low-frequency sounds.

Turtles can be extraordinary pets if you are ready to pay attention to their needs and requirements. They are gentle souls that just need a bit of water and some delicious food. A thorough bath is required once in a while. Also, do not forget to let these shelled beauties roam free around the house when you get to have a few minutes to supervise them.

 

How to care for a pet chameleon

 

Owning a pet is very rewarding but also a great responsibility, regardless of its size. Apart from constant care, each pet requires a clean and safe environment, fresh sources of food and water, as well as plenty of pampering and attention.

And, while most people prefer larger animals such as dogs or cats, some choose less popular and more exotic animals to look after. Chameleons are amazing creatures but will not make the best pets for everyone so, if you want a chameleon as a pet, you have to know how to properly look after it and how to provide a safe environment for it.

 

Chameleon personality characteristics

These cute yet extremely fragile creatures are quite pretentious to look after as they require specific living conditions. Unlike most other pets, chameleons are easily scared and are often stressed about everything they don’t know.

Although quite social in the presence of people, they don’t like to be held or pampered so they won’t make good pets for children or owners who require a lot of affection from their pets.

As we previously mentioned, they can get easily scared so it wouldn’t be good to keep them in loud environments such as frat houses or places with constant parties. Chameleons also don’t like interacting with other pets so, if you already own a cat, a dog or any other larger pet, you might want to refrain from making them best buddies.

 

Looking after your pet

Looking after your chameleon means you should make all the necessary arrangements prior to your pet’s arrival at its new home. You will need a proper cage, as well as lighting, heat, food, fresh water, and supplements. Setting the proper environment for your chameleon pet means it will live a long and happy life, away from all stress factors.

Getting something like the ExoTerra chameleon cage to host your chameleon is also a great idea. This cage features a unique dual ventilation system and dual front opening doors to provide easy access for you to add the food and maintain the cage clean. Keep in mind that chameleons will grow in size as they age so you first need to make sure the cage is large enough to host your chosen type of chameleon.

Also make sure to place the cage in a warm and well-lit environment, away from windows and cold temperatures during the winter. The interior decors of the cage should be as authentic and fun as possible for your pet. Decorate it with real and fake plants of different sizes, climbing limbs, and even flowers or small pebbles and rocks.

 

Feeding

Last but not least, keep in mind your pet’s nutrition. Chameleons usually feed on crickets which you can buy from your local pet store. Baby chameleons require smaller species of crickets but can also feed on fruit flies. You can also purchase flies, moths, worms or grasshoppers as snacks for your pet.

Your chameleon also needs water so try to spray the leaves of the plants inside its cage with plenty of water or buy a small waterfall from your local pet store.