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Housecleaning: The Art of Maintaining a Clean Environment for Your Turtle

Yuk! This was probably the worst thing about keeping my turtles, but if you plan on making sure that your herp lives a good life, you’d better take some time to clean their living area.

Keeping their environment as clean as possible is a very important part to caring for your herp, because they can be particularly susceptible to infection and disease.

How often you clean, disinfect, and sterilize depends on the type of herp you have – for example, terrestrial, aquatic, or semiaquatic. Here’s what you need to know:

For aquatic or semiaquatic turtles – Every two weeks, change between 30 and 60 percent of the water; a sponge filter will help keep the water clean. Once a month, disinfect the tank and change the water completely. To remove algae, scrub the aquarium walls with a brush. Do not use any cleaning agents to clean the tank as that will infect their water.

For terrestrial turtles – Clean their cage once a week, changing the substrate and disinfecting the terrarium. Provide a water dish large enough for him to soak in but shallow enough to allow for an easy exit. Be sure to change the water daily.

3 Responses to “Housecleaning: The Art of Maintaining a Clean Environment for Your Turtle”

  1. Andrew said on March 14th, 2008 at 1:39 pm:

    I bought my red eared slider a couple of months ago and he dives back into the water every time i come to feed them(I have 2). Just wondering if anybody could help.

    Thanks!

  2. admin said on July 31st, 2009 at 2:46 pm:

    Andrew –

    It just takes time for them to get to know you. :)

  3. Melissa Schmidt said on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm:

    This is for Andrew who asked about the spooked RES, they feed in the water so that is why they jumped into the water cause that is where they eat at.