When we mention pets, the very first thing that comes to mind is a dog or a cat, possibly a parrot. However, there is another species that quietly claims to be a charming addition to the household. Here's a hint: they lived in the Jurassic period and preceded some of the most ancient reptiles: crocodiles and snakes .
A leisurely, gentle turtle is what we are talking about. When thinking of a pet, a turtle is an interesting choice. Not everyone has reptiles at home, which only increases the coolness factor of the owner of the terrarium. The second reason is that the pleasant nature of turtles allows even children to take care of them.
The turtle has a unique wide red or orange (rarely yellow) stripe behind each eye. Wide vertical stripes (when viewed from the side) are present on the shell, the yellow plastron has round dark spots or none at all, and narrow yellow stripes adorn the front surface of the forepaws.
Trionics Chinese or Far Eastern
The color is olive-gray or greenish-brown with numerous yellow or yellowish dots on a black background in young individuals. Yellow spots disappear with age. Adult turtles do not have a uniform olive carapace pattern.
Carapace from olive to black, often with yellow / cream shields. The dorsal keel is most noticeable in young animals, with no notches along the edge. Plastron has a notch in the back, black-yellow markings, yellow-reddish or brown spots.
The main color of the wide oval shell with a high dome is olive-black, olive-gray or olive-horn. The plastron in the turtle is small. The seams of the shield are darker than the surrounding shell. The carapace of elderly animals can be pockmarked.
This species needs two types of habitat: aquatic and terrestrial. These turtles eat only in water, therefore they are completely dependent on water bodies. Turtles live in small and large ponds (50-5000 m2) with flooded and floating vegetation.
Types of small turtles
A small turtle, the color of the shell is brown or black, depends on the specimen. The body is gray or brown. The head is dark green, with stripes of pale beige lines. These are omnivorous turtles, but as they grow they love more and more plants in the diet.
Small turtles (5-12 cm) with dark brown or black shells, have stripes or spots. There are two distinct bands on the head and antennae on the chin and throat. They live in shallow reservoirs with a weak current, plentiful aquatic vegetation and a soft bottom.
Turtles are small 9-11.5 cm, black with yellow spots. Cubs usually have one spot on the shell; patterns in adults vary. The shell is flattened, an orange or yellow color appears on the head, neck and forelegs.
The tortoise shell is a little rectangular. The shell has three keels that run along its entire length. They become less pronounced as the turtle grows older and the keels wear out over time. The female plastron is slightly convex or flat, and the male plastron is concave.
This species is almost completely aquatic, but turtles sometimes come out of the water to warm themselves. They have a convex, large head and a long neck. They also have a noticeable sharp beak, short legs. And these turtles have a sharp keel, which runs along the center and the entire length of the shell.
Reddish Silt Turtle
Turtles live in ponds, in ponds with and without vegetation, although they prefer ponds with large vegetation. They live in streams in nature, preferring clean, oxygenated water. They prefer sandy and dirty bottoms, as they hibernate, hiding in the mud.
Cute turtles are found in quiet waters with a soft bottom. Their bodies are long and narrow, their shells are dark brown, their head color is white or yellow. They completely close inside their shells. They only need a small area for swimming, and it is not always used.
A relatively small, dark, flat tortoise with a shell only 145-200 mm long. The flattened carapace has a wide median groove or depression bordered by two raised rollers (keels), and a wide plastron of pigmented black or dark brown color.
Types of land turtles
The color of the shell varies from light brown and yellow-green to olive, often with brown or black marks on large shields. Plastron is covered with a brown or black spot on each shield, and in some cases is pure black.
Star or Indian
The color of the shell is light cream or dark yellowish brown. Females are rounded and have less tail than males. Other dimorphic features: the male has a concave plastron, the female is completely flat. In females, the gap between the anal and supracaudal plates is greater.
The turtle has a small spur on each thigh and a single supracaudal plate. On the front of the front legs are rather coarse scales. The color of the shell is yellow, orange, brown or black, and, like the length of the shell, depends on the subspecies.
Shell color is gray, ivory or saturated golden, the body of the tortoise is usually pale yellow. The shell has dark brown or black marks on the front and sides of each shield. This dark pigment fades with age to a lighter shade.
The arched rounded shell has an intense yellow pattern on a dark background. Plastron is decorated with two black stripes along the central seam. The color of the head is olive or yellowish with dark spots. Most turtles also have characteristic yellow spots near the mouth.
Turtles are kept as pets, and choosing the right kind is an important decision. Make sure you want the reptile. They live long, so the tortoise you choose is likely to be a pet for years to come.
Another way to look at a hobby: for example, a teenager is 16 years old, and he was presented with a young turtle. If he takes good care of her, then time will pass, he will have a family and children, or maybe even grandchildren, and a witness to all this is a turtle! This is a great responsibility and a long-term commitment, so be sure that this is exactly what you want before you buy a turtle.