How to Take Care of Water Turtles

Take care of your reptile companions by keeping them happy with the right space, the right food, and regular maintenance.

You will need

  • Turtles
  • Container
  • Food

Step 1 Choose a suitable container Choose a suitable container for your turtles. You can use a glass aquarium, plastic container, stock watering tank, or an outdoor pond.

Step 2 Find a suitable location Place the container in a location where the turtles will get 2 to 4 hours of sunlight each day.

Step 3 Maintain a suitable temperature Maintain the container at a temperature that causes the turtles to eat well but doesn’t cause them to be overactive. Turtles are most comfortable between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4 Feed the turtles Feed the turtles in the water, 3 or 4 times a week. Most turtles eat three-quarters meat and one-quarter vegetable-matter.

Step 5 Change the water frequently Change the water in the container frequently. Be sure to change it completely — a partial change will not be adequate. Keep your turtles content, and you’ll have a pet that will be with you for years to come.