How To Take Care Of Your Turtle

How To Take Care Of Your Turtle

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The first most important thing to know if you are new at caring for a turtle is to always keep watch on your turtle as they are delicate animals, and, a life form that needs to be treated with care. I have a red eared slider and a tortoise. I once had 2 red eared sliders, because of my lack of care and checkups at the vet; one of the turtles had a skin infection and passed away unfortunately. The other one is now suffering from shell rot, shell rounding and discolouration. These diseases and problems can be prevented by ensuring proper sunlight. If strong sunlight is not available, I would advise using a UVB Reptile Light. Now, I only have one turtle and hope to make it thrive for 20+ years. I mainly feed my baby turtles a diet of pellets. Once they get older, they can eat fish, meat and vegetables. You can talk to your vet and ask them if your turtle needs any supplements. My vet advised me to give my turtle calcium supplements. Do NOT give your turtle medication without approval from your vet. With proper care, your turtle will live a long, happy life. Happy Turtle Care!

Pls Note: Turtles, tortoises and other exotic animals and reptiles have a very high maintenance bill. Without proper care your exotic animal won’t survive for long. You will also need a license to own these exotic animals, as per the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. This is a necessity as owning these exotic animals are illegal without a license, although many keep these animals and reptiles in captivity without a license, it is best to have a license on you if you ever get interrogated on why that animal is in your captivity. A good tip; Let your animals roam free and get proper sunlight. you may take them to a garden when they are mature, otherwise if they immature and young an eagle or some other bird may attack it.

Arjun Dugar

Hi I am Arjun Dugar, a proud owner of a turtle, tortoise and dog. all cute in their own ways. turtles and tortoises are magnificent things. and the dog... a mans best friend!! i have trained my dog to not bark or try to eat my turtle and tortoise. i have a license to own these exotic animal, not the dog. you need a license, otherwise owning a turtle or a tortoise would be illegal.


  1. Hi Sir, who is your vet. I want to know cause I’m also thinking about a turtle. I would want to talk the vet first. Thanks In Advanced, Sahil

    1. Hi Sahil, my vet is located in bandra. She is one of the best. (turtles are high maintenance animals!), the bills might add up.
      Dr Rina Dev’s Animal & Bird Clinic,
      143, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

      1. Sir, your vet very expensive. Give cheap good one pls

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