Posted Sep 30, 2015
I'll start off by saying I love my turtle. However, turtles are not the best pet for everyone. I first acquired my turtle as a baby from a friend who couldn't care for it. Baby turtles are a bit of a challenge to take care of. As babies they have a more carnivorous diet and are thus less likely to eat immobile food. So I found live invertebrates to feed him from my pond every other day. Eventually he began eating pelleted food, which is what I feed him now. As a small turtle, he didn't need much room, but as he has grown larger I have had to buy bigger tanks so he has enough room to swim around it. Painted turtles are only partially aquatic though, and need basking time under and UVB light, which are a little expensive but absolutely necessary. Rupert basks for several hours a day. He is swimming the rest of the time. I don't handle him much, mostly I like to just watch him and have enjoyed learning about turtles and their life cycles through raising him. Turtles are not easy pets, but for someone who likes a good project and appreciates interesting organisms, they are great.