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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.
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.
The red-eared slider, available at Petco, makes a great pet! Visit your local Petco to meet your new friend.
Though you may assume a turtle’s only defense is hiding in their shell for protection, most turtles will bite to protect themselves if necessary.
Turtles are known to live longer than many other pets. Some turtles, like the red eared slider, have an average life span of 20 to 40 years.
Most people underestimate how much space their pet turtle will need. A tank that holds at least 40 gallons should give your turtle the room they need for a water source to swim and dry land to rest and bask in the sun. You’ll also need a basking and submersible heat source as well as an ultraviolet light. Browse this guide to learn more about what to buy your new pet turtle.
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