Keep turtles in the garden - important preliminary considerations & instructions on how to behave properly


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Turtles are among the oldest living animals in the world. No wonder that more and more these fascinating animals want to keep in the garden. There are, however, a lot to note.

Tortoise in the garden

Although they have been populating the earth for over 200 million years, they have been pushed further and further by humans, and many species are now threatened with extinction and strict protection. In the last century, however, it has begun to accustom European tortoises and keep them as pets. However, this should always be considered carefully.

Considerations before the purchase

In pet ownership, turtles are becoming increasingly popular. They are nevertheless exotic among the pets and like all wild animals are very sensitive. So the attitude is quite demanding and should be well considered. The animals can eventually become very old. Accordingly, they must also be cared for and properly housed. In this case, individual husbandry is fundamentally to be rejected in its entirety, as otherwise behavioral disturbances can occur in the animals. If you decide on the attitude, it is best to create at least two animals.

A little hint:

Turtles fall into a winter stare. That's why purchasing in spring is recommended when they wake up again.

Accommodation of the young in the terrarium

Once you have decided to keep turtles, you still have to worry about their accommodation. After all, the turtle's attitude is only suitable for the outdoors when outdoors. Only very young animals belong for some time in a terrarium. This should then be equipped as follows:

First of all, the terrarium should be as large as possible and open at the top. In order to equip it perfectly for the animals, it is best to use garden soil for the soil, which will always keep you moist. Of course, in the terrarium but also a few hiding places in the form of roots, grass or stones and a heat lamp should not be missing.

This is what the outdoor enclosure should look like

➤ Location:

While the boys spend their first few weeks in the warm terrarium, you can start building and equipping the outdoor enclosure. Since the animals need a lot of heat, it's best to choose a sunny spot on the property.

➤ Size & Substrate:

If the animals have then exceeded the weight of 200 grams, they may move freely in the outdoor enclosure. For the outdoor enclosure one counts for a turtle with at least 10 square meters. Each additional animal requires five square meters in addition. Even though turtles move slowly, they need a lot of space.

However, an open lawn is never suitable for the outdoor enclosure. It has to be well structured and diversified. Grass is not suitable anyway as underground in the whole enclosure. Ideal are gravel and stone surfaces.

You may not believe it, but turtles can climb very well. You should consider this with the height of the border and its design.

➤ Equipment:

For kittens weighing up to 200 grams, it is important to remember a shelter in the enclosure, because for them, the freewheel, as far as predators are concerned, is still too large and dangerous. In warm, dry weather, however, you can leave the roof open. Important: You must always illuminate and heat the shelter like the terrarium. For the protection of adult animals, however, you can provide cold frames or a small, heated greenhouse.

The outdoor enclosure also includes numerous hiding places. In addition, both sun and shade places must be available. In addition to a feeding and drinking place, the turtles also need covered areas with heat lamps, where the animals can warm up.

A planting in the enclosure is useful. In addition to all kinds of wild herbs, you can, for example also place shrubs as natural shade donors.

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