Turtles & Tortoises
Turtles and Tortoises for Sale at Petco
Browse online and shop in store to find your new pet turtle or tortoise. Once you determine the perfect pet for you, you’ll need a number of reptile supplies to help them live a happy and healthy life. Shop a selection of turtle food, substrates like mulch and sand, decor, and basking platforms to complete your new friend’s habitat. And like all reptiles, turtles and tortoises need access to heating elements to keep them at a healthy temperature. There is a lot to consider when buying a turtle or tortoise. Check with a store partner at Petco for resources and additional tips for raising your reptile.
Choosing Between a Pet Turtle and Tortoise
While seemingly identical, you’ll find there are quite a few distinctions between tortoises and turtles. Turtles, like the red-eared slider available at Petco, prefer a more aquatic environment. Their home should reflect their natural habitat. They enjoy a larger tank - at least 40 gallons - partially filled with water for swimming. They’ll also need a dry area to warm up and relax. It’s important to keep in mind that most don’t enjoy being handled.
If you’re looking to maintain a dry habitat, Petco offers a selection of live tortoises for sale in store. Unlike the red-eared slider, these land lovers only require enough water to drink and for a shallow soak. Their habitat should include an edible substrate deep enough to encourage natural digging and burrowing behavior. Tortoises are an ideal choice for pet parents looking to handle their reptile. Tortoises can become tame with gentle handling and time. Most importantly, tortoises can live for decades. Before purchasing a tortoise as a companion, ensure you’re prepared for the maintenance and upkeep of this long-lived pet.