Breeding turtles at home - wild and domestic turtles

 Breeding turtles at home - wild and domestic turtles

Wild and pet turtles and raising them at home

Wild and pet turtles and raising them at home is one of the things in which we do not find any objection from the family because they consider that these creatures do not cause any anxiety, so they do not make sounds and nothing disturbs anyone in the house or the neighborhood, so that they often forget.
Turtles can adapt to the place specified for them, as they do not need a large place, even if they are placed in a small tank, they will adapt to it, and the food designated for turtles is vegetables and there is nothing specific to them in the diet. 

The gentle being

One of the reasons for the family's objection to adopting and raising an animal is the negative impact on the budget, but turtles have no income in this field.
Instinctively, children are planted in them as the first hobby is animal husbandry, influencing kindergarten and primary school, studying scientific awakening and other factors, and they find the easiest animal that can be approved at home, garden, or even a small tank is the turtle.
If the idea of parents to fulfill the desire of a small child and agree to raise a turtle or anyone who stumbles in the wild or buys a turtle, this article is very important to him.
But knowing that the turtle is native to the wild, and there are no domestic turtles except when you adopt or buy one, it will become home.
Here is an article that includes some tips for raising turtles at home.

Breeding and caring for turtles at home

Due to the turtle’s small size, its rare movement, and making it special to raise it at home, in addition to that it is an animal that does not tamper with the furniture of the house and does not hear any noise, and is characterized by its long life, as the average lifespan reaches 80 years, and according to the size of the turtle, the average lifespan is greater, which makes it a permanent companion with the family.
But despite the calmness of this gentle creature, the breeder must provide the appropriate environment for his pet and the appropriate climate for him to enjoy living.
Of the dangers of raising pets in general and turtles in particular, given the topic of the article, it is inhumane and opposed to all animal welfare laws and is considered the first to endanger the lives of these gentle creatures.
In the specialization of the article, and as we previously considered the danger of cage-breeding for turtles, the breeder must know that this creature loves freedom, creation of the wilderness, and a lover of large spaces, even when it does not move in an area of one square meter per day.
It is preferable that the turtle’s place be well ventilated and reach the sun’s rays. “The sun’s rays are the first factor to kill germs and microbes and the first generator of vitamin D and others for the animal, taking care that these rays are in moderate degrees so that the animal’s body is exposed to it and times are not long, extending for hours.
Domestic turtles prefer rearing in the garden, planting basin or balcony for those who live in buildings, but care must be taken during bad weather and sheltering them away from rain, and it is preferable to bring them into the house in the winter.
The turtle is one of the animals that loves the outdoors for at least 14 hours a day, and it is important that it be exposed to the sun, but in the absence of these factors, the turtle is inside the house free, not in a place like a cage, the lights of home lighting and home air are enough.

Video how to build a turtle nesting box

Turtle feeding

When home rearing turtles, one of the most distinguishing things in contrast to movement and noise is the advantage of feeding, which affects the financial side of the family. The turtle's food is fresh fruits, if any, and leafy vegetables, such as:
  • spinach
  • the ring
  • cabbage
  • watercress
  • curry leaves
  • green mustard
  • Lettuce
  • turnip
  • beetroot leaves
  • for oregano
  • parsley
But for the knowledge of the breeder, turtles have different families, more than 300 types, in which different types of food are distinguished. The so-called home family is distinguished by its eating of herbs and leafy vegetables, and there are species that eat meat. But beware, and then beware of giving the turtle pulses. Turtles are considered to have a digestive system that is not able to digest the legumes, so avoiding the legumes from the breeder is a duty.

Symptoms of turtle diseases

When buying a tortoise, it must be carefully examined.
I advise everyone when there is one of these symptoms to buy a turtle, treat it and save it from the hands of a careless person.
  • Noticing cracking or a broken shell.
  • At the level of the nose you find mucus or secretions.
  • Panting means breathing and the mouth is open.
  • Discharge on the shell foul-smelling.
  • Soft shell, or underdeveloped shell of neonatal tortoises.
  • The eyelids and extremities have noticeable swelling.
  • Sagging or sluggish limbs, and when lifting them, their limbs fall easily, which is evidence of weak physical structure due to lack of nutrition.
  • You find secretions around the eyes...
One of the signs of good health is the appearance of activity and a quick reaction when caught by a stranger, because turtles in general tend to be lazy, and this is normal for a gentle and lazy creature like turtles.
But for example, you are a stranger to turtles and you insulted them and their reaction was not quick to enter their shell. This is evidence of their lack of safety and you must take them and take care of them and save them from the hands of a person who does not fear God in the animal or is unable to pay the veterinarian’s wages.
It is normal for tortoises to fear a stranger and react quickly by entering the shell.

Viral damage of neglected turtles to the breeder at home

Every animal has its advantages, and one of the fun and beautiful things is to raise an animal in the house, but there are risks towards the breeder and the turtles have a disease that is very dangerous for the residents in the house, especially small turtles, which is salmonella bacteria, which is very dangerous towards the breeder and the people around them in the house, and taking care of hygiene rules is one of the most important The rules imposed on the breeder to avoid the following:
Frequent and severe gastroenteritis, acute diarrhea, vomiting attacks, high body temperature of the tortoise, fits of fatigue, stomach pain.
Do you think now when you are not very interested in the rules of prevention, hygiene and proper nutrition? How will the turtle tell you the pain it inflicts?

Some names of different species of turtles, including land, sea and freshwater turtles

Red Eared Slider Turtle, African Sideneck Turtle, Eastern Box Turtle, Western Painted Turtle, Mississippi Map Turtle, Common Musk Turtle, Spotted Turtle Yellow-Bellied Slider, Reeve's Turtle, Wood Turtle, Egyptian Tortoise, Margina Ted Tortoise, Pancake Tortoise, Leopard Tortoise, Red-Footed Tortoise, Hermann's Tortoise Sulcata Tortoise, Greek Tortoise, Trionychidae.

Hibernation period for wild and domestic turtles

Winter hibernation is a mechanism of protection for many animals, and the periods of hibernation for turtles vary according to the surrounding natural climate. In the country where the turtle is located.
Even if they are from the same species of land turtles, the range varies according to the regions. The turtle that lives close to the equator by a thousand kilometers, the hibernation period is less than the turtles of the same species that live far on the equator by one thousand and five hundred kilometers.
So the breeder should know that turtles go through a period of hibernation depending on the geographical location.

Lots of people ask??

Why won't my turtle eat the food I gave her?
Why is my turtle not moving?
Many of the questions are relevant so these breeders should excuse that the tortoise is in a period of natural hibernation when the weather is cold.
It may reach a 12-month cycle in some tropical regions.

Breeding turtles at home - wild and domestic turtles

Feeding turtles before they go into hibernation

In the wild, turtles tend to eat rich in vitamin “A” and this vitamin is stored in the liver and tissues of turtles, with turtles eating foods that are very rich in carbohydrates such as apples, peaches, carrots, pumpkins, etc. The same foods contain vitamin “A” and turtles instinctively stop eating after knowing that they are The hibernation period can last up to 12 years before entering hibernation by days.


Raising turtles is not difficult and it is not financially expensive, but for all the animals that you decide to have in your home, you have to be the perfect breeder for them and give them love and affection.

achraf ben ammar

About the blogger: An expert in breeding and training dogs. He obtained his certificate in this specialty in 2012 from the Military School. He developed his field from the specialty of dogs to an expert in raising pets in general.

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