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What’s pleasant, easy to care for and lives a long life? Turtles! Some need more care than others. Here’s a list of some of the best to own.
Eastern Box Turtle
The Eastern Box Turtle are mostly found in the Eastern US. Depending on their environment they can eat anything from veggies,small fish and earthworms. They need lots of humidity and lots of UVB and space for basking and swimming.
Red Ear Slider Turtle
Known for the red ear patch on both sides of the head. The Red Slider is one of the popular breeds to own. They are larger turtles and also excellent swimmers. If you have a pond or a large enclosure, they are perfect to own. They love small vegetation and small fish to eat.
CB Cherry Head Footed Tortoise
These turtles are very, very pretty. Their heads and leg scales are normally a bright red or orange. They love vegetation and leafy greens (except spinach). FYI, they have a strong sense of smell.
Ornate Wood Turtle
These Wood Turtles are stunning to look at. They reach 8 inches in length and they are active. They need a spacious home for their health and overall well being. They also need bark and UVB light as they love their hiding spaces. They love crickets, snails, crayfish, prawns and minnow to eat.
US Born Greek Tortoises are some of the most popular turtles to own. They reach 8 inches and live quite a long life. In fact, some are known to have outlived their owners. They need lots of space and adequate lighting. The eat danelion, clover, plantains, wild strawberries and thistle.
CB Red Footed Tortoise
One of the easiest turtles to take care of, the red footed tortoise is adorable. They are curious in nature and love a humid climate. They can live up to age 50 if kept in great conditions. They also love to eat various fruits, veggies and flowers. They can also handle temps as low as 45 degrees at night and up to 100 (if there is shade) during the day.
These lovely tortoises love their grass. They can safely handle temps as low as 35 degrees during hiberation and as high as 110 in the summer if there is adequate shade. They love to eat leafy weeds, danelion, clover and other veggies.
The Painted turtles are among the most aquatic turtles to own. They breed primarily in spring and summer. They can live to age 50 and need enough space for basking and swimming. They eat a mix of animal and plant vegetation.
Caspian Pond Turtle
The caspian pond turtle can grow to up to 12 inches long. It’s an omnivore and also semi aquatic. So make sure you have a mix of land and enough water for them to swim in.
African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle
These adults are named for their folding neck. They are an aquatic turtle but do require a basking area. They are perfect for pre-teens aged 12 and up to own.