Turtles are cold-blooded, meaning they rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. So while it may look like a turtle is just chilling out on a rock, basking actually helps them warm up, which is key to maintaining healthy body functions.
That means it’s up to you to make sure your pet’s habitat has a convenient, cozy turtle basking platform to keep them happy and healthy. At Petco, we’re here to help. From heating and lighting elements to basking accessories, Petco has everything you need to create a customized turtle basking area that’s perfect for your pet.
To encourage basking, you’ll want to create a habitat that mimics your turtle’s natural environment, complete with easy access to dry, warm basking areas.
For aquatic turtles, that could mean a piece of driftwood, a stable rock or a commercial turtle dock. Consider building a sloped water exit area nearby out of substrate like large, smooth, aquarium gravel. Terrestrial turtles simply require something that’s elevated and easy to climb, such as a stepped basking platform. Also install a special incandescent basking bulb to warm the area so your turtle can keep their body temperature within a healthy range. Don’t forget a thermometer, to help you monitor and maintain the optimal temperature for your pet.
Yes, turtles are cold-blooded, which means they rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. Basking in a warm, dry area gives turtles the body heat they need to support key bodily functions, like digestion.
Healthy turtles are generally active and alert. If your turtle is basking for longer than usual and you notice signs of lethargy, contact your veterinarian to make sure they’re not suffering from a more serious health issue.