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How To Look After A Pet Terrapin

Terrapins may be simple but looking after the pet terrapin is no doubt expensive as well as time consuming. Hence, you should proceed with the plan of keeping a pet terrapin, only if you think you can spend enough time, energy, and money for it. Remember they have a long life span.

So, if you get tired of the daily chore for your terrapin, dont throw it into the river or pond nearby. That can pose danger for the environment as well as the terrapin too. Watching them is a great fun.

Here are a few points which may help you to look after your terrapins-

Buy healthy terrapins to avoid unwanted sickness. It should have clear and bright eyes without any mucous secretion. The shell should not be soft or cracked and the skin should also look healthy, moist and without any wounds.
Keep the hatchlings in clear and spacious glass tank. Increase the tank size as the terrapins grow bigger. Dirty tank water can cause a number of serious diseases.
Never let them fall from your grip.

Observe your terrapin carefully to find any of the following changes:

a) Soft, rubbery, and deformed shell: This indicates deficiency of calcium, Vitamin D3 and UV light (from unfiltered sun rays) and protein. Provide balanced diet, inject calcium and vitamin D from time to time, and let it bask in the sun or fix an UV lamp outside the tank.

b) Swollen and red eyes with mucous secretions: This is the indication of vitamin A deficiency or bacterial infection. Balanced diet, antibiotics, and vitamin A supplements can reduce the complication.

c) Breathing trouble: In case your terrapin is showing any discharge from nose, eye inflammation, coughing, sneezing, breathing with open mouth, wheezing, getting tilted on one side, not moving freely and very weak, then take it to the vet doctor immediately and start giving antibiotic and other medicines.

d) Shell rot: Check out for the rotting shell because of bacteria, fungus, or algal infection. Give appropriate medicine prescribed by the doctor.

e) Mouth rot: If you notice over-salivation along with redness of oral cavity, pus accumulation and intolerable stink, then it may indicate the mouth rot, a serious disease due to bacterial infection and malnutrition. Go for immediate medical support.

f) Hibernation: It is better to keep the pet terrapin away from hibernation. It may sometimes be fatal.

Look after your terrapin with love and affection. After all it is your pet.


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