Those two go everywhere together.
Hi! I have turtles in a 40 gallon tank and I feel like it's, boring. They have river rocks, tear up all the plants I put in there, 2 filters, a basking platform, heat and uvb lamps, but really not much else. I want the tank to be more, enriched (?), but I don't know how in a way that they won't destroy (one of them is blind but will bite most of what he feels when he's hungry). Is there anything I can do?
Hmmm. Well it partially depends on what kind of turtles you have. I’m going to assume you have basking turtles (which includes sliders, painteds, maps, cooters, etc) since those are the most common pet turtle.
The best enrichment you can ever give a turtle (and yourself in terms of heaving more fun watching them) is more space or deeper water. The general rule is that a turtle should have 10 gallons of swimming space for every inch of shell length, and even if your tank is already that big turtles are very active animals and will use as much space as you give them.
Of course a larger enclosure is not something everyone can do due to cost and space issues, so here are some other options. Plastic plants can be a great alternative if your turtles rip up real plants. I like to pull plastic plants out of their weighted bases and let them float at the top so the turtle has a thicket of floating plants to hide/rest in. If the main concern is that your turtles dig live plants out of the substrate you could try live plants that float like anacharis, water sprite, or duckweed.
Sand can be a really enriching substrate, though it can be somewhat messy to add to an already full tank. My turtles love digging in their sand and kicking it up onto their shells and then rubbing underneath driftwood to get itch themselves. Speaking of driftwood, adding more tank furniture (I especially love natural textures like driftwood) can be a great way to make a tank look more interesting. Many types of driftwood will leach tannins into your water, which will give it a tea-tinted look (which can actually be good for your turtles’ health).
Unfortunately turtles are pretty destructive tank inhabitants and some of them will find a way to re-do any decorations you put in their tank. Sometimes you’ve just got to try different things and see what your turtle will tolerate.
Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles Hatch in Lucknow!
We are excited to announce the hatching of 220 Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles (Chitra indica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (KGTRC).
Resuming the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department’s Endangered Species
Project’s conservation program for this species, and with the assistance
of our TSA India Program,
eggs were translocated to the KGTRC from two vulnerable nests along the
Yamuna and Ghaghra rivers, respectively. Here, they could incubate
safely and naturally in a sand hatchery.
A habitat specialist,
the first winter is crucial for the survival of newly emerged hatchlings
of this endangered species. To give them a better chance of survival,
the hatchlings are being head started under the care of the Endangered
Species Project at the KGTRC. Here, they will grow in habitats featuring
solar-powered warm, running water, and fed live fish fingerlings. After
being head started to a size of 1000 grams, most of the juveniles will
be released into the Ganga River where the Government of India is
carrying out a rejuvenation initiative. With high hopes, the release of
these turtles will help the wild population rebound there.
Indian Narrow-headed Softshell is a large riverine species growing as
large as 75 inches (192 cm) in shell length, and up to 551 pounds (250
kg). Harvesting for meat, pollution, and destruction of sand bar habitat
has significantly reduced the numbers of this species.
conservation program for the Indian Narrow-headed Softshell is supported
by Namami Gange, the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ganga River
Rejuvenation, and with technical support provided by our TSA-India
Photo credits: Arunima Singh and Abu Arshad Khan
#India #Delhi #wildlife #nature #turtle #water #bird #animal #outdoorark #grass #wood #wild #tortoise #reptile #wildphotos #pool #cute #swamp #park #wild (at Ranthambore National Park)
Zoya has decided to give pokemon sword and shield a try. She heard there were shiny torts like her in the game!
This looks familiar lol #DrEvanAntin
The #Tortoise and the #Hare…MEME THIS!
While tortoise and rabbits have many differences (mammal vs reptile; fast vs slow; high alert vs relatively “chill”; fuzzy vs scaly+shell), they have something very much in common!
And that’s their #gastrointestinal tract and they’re both #herbivores !
Both tortoises and rabbits are “Hind Gut Fermenters.” The hind gut, in reference to their large intestines, is extremely important because billions of bacterial colonies, essential to their daily livelihood, actually ferment all that grass and hay and plant material they ingest (aka consume aka eat). Grass and hay innately have very little nutritional value yet tortoises and rabbits still need the exact same macronutrient building blocks that we as humans (as well as our pet dogs) need for daily metabolic function: Proteins, Carbohydrates, & Fats.
It’s this valuable fermentation process that converts low-nutritional value plants to digestible proteins/carbs/fats and the bacteria doing the fermenting need “food” everyday to maintain proper health and function. Hence rabbits and tortoises eating CONSTANTLY.
FYI for this same reason, many antibiotics that are ok for carnivores and omnivores are in fact fatal for hind-gut fermenters because they can kill off the “good” bacteria in their guts (ie penicillins, cephalosporins, most macrolides). Isn’t gastrointestinal physiology just fascinating!? Another FYI, “turtles” ARE NOT hind gut fermenters because they’re omnivores or carnivores so “turtle” is NOT synonymous with “tortoise.”
Last FYI, horses and guinea pigs are also hind-gut fermenters!
#nerd #GI #health #digestion #vet #veterinary #tortoiseandthehare #exotics #didwelearnsomethingtoday #dontjudgemynerdlevel #itsbadsometimes #🤓
amazing footage. We gotta keep these babies thriving!