Different Types Of Turtles

Different Types Of Turtles

There was a time when the word pet would bring to mind the picture of a cat or a dog. However, in today’s world one sees the rarest of animals as pets in the homes of animal lovers. If you are looking for a combination of an exceptional animal and an economical pet, then a turtle may be one of the best options.

This indoor animal will certainly make your home look more attractive. The chicken turtle is found in the south eastern regions of the US. Amongst its unique features are its long and striped neck, a yellow colored stripe on its fore and rear legs and a pear shaped olive or dark brown carapace.

These omnivorous creatures feed on fish, insects, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, fruits and aquatic plant matter. The Painted turtle obtains its name from the distinct design naturally painted at its bottom. These aquatic reptiles can be seen in the lakes, marshes, ponds and slow moving rivers of North America. This is a carnivorous species and has a lifespan of about 30 years.

The Graptemys, also referred to as the Map Turtle or Saw Back Turtle, is another aquatic variety, seen in eastern parts of the US and southern parts of Canada. The reptile takes its name from the yellow or cream colored marks on its head, neck and legs that seem to resemble a road map. The Red Eared Slider or Trachemys is a turtle belonging to the semi-aquatic variety.

These omnivorous turtles make good option for a pet. They have a unique characteristic of their appetite increasing with temperature. Anything below a 50 degrees Fahrenheit kills their appetite completely, while when the temperature ranges between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit the reptile may require food 3 times in a day. The Big Bend Sliders found in Texas and New Mexico are commonly seen in the waters of the Rio Conchos and the Rio Grandes river systems.

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Different Types Of Turtles