Buy turtles | All about the turtle for the pond
Chris van der Velde
Turtles, they are interesting aquatic animals that can add a lot to your pond. But be sure to read up before you buy a turtle, because the animals have some requirements and can get very old. Read on and learn all about turtles.
All about turtles
- Why is it better not to touch a turtle?
- What does a turtle do in a day?
- Can turtles hibernate in the pond?
- Which pond plants are suitable for aquatic turtles?
Why is it better not to touch a turtle?
Be careful when you see a turtle and avoid touching or picking it up, as turtles are capable of inflicting powerful bites. In particular, the biting turtle, as its name suggests, can bite severely.
What does a turtle do in a day?
A turtle can be an interesting and fun addition to the pond. Turtles are active animals and can help maintain a healthy pond ecosystem, but of course you must first properly decorate your pond setup before choosing a turtle. It is important to make sure the pond is large enough for the turtle to swim and sunbathe and that there are plenty of hiding places, such as aquatic plants, to prevent the turtle from becoming stressed. It is also important to know that some turtles grow larger than others and require different types of food. Make sure you are well informed about your turtle's specific needs and that you are providing the proper care and nutrition to keep the turtle healthy and happy.
Aquatic plants that fit a turtle's diet
aquatic plants are the diet of your herbivorous turtle, but choose aquatic plants that are soft so that the turtle will not suffer injuries while eating. - Simon
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Can turtles hibernate in the pond?
It is possible to keep a water turtle in the pond during the winter, but there are some important things to consider. First, the turtle must have a suitable place to hibernate. This could include a deeper part of the pond where the turtle can sink to the bottom and stay in the mud. It is important that the temperature at that depth does not drop below 4 degrees Celsius, otherwise the turtle may freeze. In addition, you need to make sure that the turtle has eaten enough food before winter begins, because it will not eat during hibernation. It is also important to check the water quality and water values of the pond and make regular water changes to ensure that enough oxygen remains in the water. If the winter is too severe, it may be wiser to bring the turtle indoors and let it hibernate there in a suitable enclosure with a constant temperature and adequate light. It is important to be well informed about the specific needs of the aquatic turtle and the conditions in which it thrives best before deciding to keep it in the pond for the winter.
Which pond plants are suitable for aquatic turtles?
Aquatic turtles have a unique diet and behavior compared to other pond inhabitants, therefore it is important to consider when selecting pond plants consider their needs. Some turtle species are primarily herbivorous and feed on aquatic plants, while others are more omnivorous and also eat small fish. So it is important to choose plants that are suitable for their diet. Examples of plants suitable for aquatic turtles are water lilies, hornwort and waterweed. It is also important to consider that aquatic turtles like to climb in and out of the water and rest on the plants. Therefore, it is important to choose plants that are strong enough to support the turtle's weight without breaking. It is also advisable to choose plants with dense and wide leaves, as these provide shelter for the turtles and also serve as hiding places for the pond fish in the pond. Finally, it is important to avoid plants that are toxic to aquatic turtles. So before planting new aquatic plants, it is important to check that they are suitable and safe for your aquatic turtles.
Frequently asked questions about turtles
Aquatic turtles can live as long as 30 to 40 years.
On the shell of a turtle are diamond-shaped patterns that show growth rings. These notches are created during the turtle's winter rest. In turtles in the wild, it is reliable to count these rings, much like counting the rings of a tree.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.