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7 Reasons why Turtle Makes a Good Pet

Updated on October 12, 2008

A turtle is a Man/Woman's best friend

People say that a dog is a man's best friend. I say that a turtle too can be a person's best friend.

Here are 7 reasons why turtles makes good pet, especially for children.

1. Small

Turtles are small and suitable in a confined house. Unlike monkeys and dogs, they don outgrow their size.

2. Cute

Turtles have a personality. They are shy creatures and do not like to be disturbed or manhandled. They hid inside their shell when they are frightened just like kids hid beneath their blanket. They can recognise their owner. They know when it is feeding time. They are better than a robot.

3. Cheap

Compared to other pets, they are affordable even for a kid. They are easy to find. You can buy them in most pet shops.

4. Harmless

Turtles are harmless. They don't bite unless you feed your fingers. They are pretty happy being alone as a single pet.

5. Easy to maintain

They are easy to maintain and simple to care. Just feed them, give them space to move around and leave them alone. They don't like to be disturbed. You don't need to dress them out the way most people dress their poodles. They live long life - as long as 25 years to 100 years. They can even outlive their owners.

You don't have to bring them for their daily evening walk or clean their poop in public. They have less health problems than cats and dogs.

6. Mobile

Turtles are light. Children can bring it with them to school, to show off to their friends.

7. Life Lesson

Turtles are ideal for childre. Children learn at early age how to care for others and love God's creatures. They learn about responsibility - changing the water, cleaning the tank and feeding the turtle. They learn about science, the eco-system and care for the environment.

Turtle provides you a lifetime of companionship

Here is the bonus reason. Your girlfriend can come and go, but a turtle is your companion for life. If you don't have a date, get yourself a turtle! A turtle is a man's best friend.


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      vovo 2 weeks ago

      I like turtles!!!!!!!!!! :)

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      Caleb 21 months ago

      I have a turtle and I don't know what to do because my parents don't want her . I don't understand why they didn't want her because I was too upset to even listen to their stupid excuse. I just got her today and I don't even have a name for her. :,(

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      Sunaina 2 years ago

      Greetings! I had a indian tent turtle since i was 2 years opd but now i will be 13 after 2 days.. My turtle died today he was with me for 11 years, he stayed with me in my bad times and whenever i wasnt well he used to awaken, i had many pets, all of them left me but my turtle never left but today is the worst day of my life because my turtle died today while i was in a birthday party.. My turtle's name was johny and i loved him more than anything even more than my parents... I cried like hell today.. My parents said that everyone have to die, sooner or later but everyone have to die, my parents will get me another turtle soon, but i will never forget johny, i will remember him forever... R.I.P dear johny...

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      persn 3 years ago

      i love turtles

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      j,money$$$ 3 years ago

      Turtles are the best I got one

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      erika 3 years ago

      I love turtles ! If i had a turtle id name it bob

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      JM 4 years ago

      You omitted to say that all turtles carry salmonella and are dangerous for children, putting them at risk of a disease which can kill!

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      David 5 years ago

      Mississippi map turtles don't get too big and have cute yellow eyes.

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      tushar 5 years ago

      guys please please do enough research before buying a turtle as a pet can Google it...and if you feel like that you cannot take care of the turtle which you're planning to buy than don't purchase it...

      please have some mercy on these lovely creatures

      they are not easy to take care of.

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      tushar 5 years ago

      Hey bella

      turtles can live for 60 years

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      tushar 5 years ago

      hello Everyone

      i just want to make something clear hear...i totally agree that yes turtles are very lovely and cute creatures and one can instantly fall in love with their innocence...but please don't have this misconception that they do not require any care

      they need a lot of care and attention which everybody cannot provide

      first of all it is totally wrong that they can live in small spaces... the truth is they need a large tank to live because they love swimming and they also grow VERY FAST so you need to have a big tank even if you are buying a baby turtle because it will grow within no time...also the correct temperature of water in which they live should be maintained,correct lighting should be provided to them,their diet should vary and a lot more

      also they carry a disease which can be harmful to every member of your family...they also grow very faster and after a year they do not remain that much cute so you might wanna get rid of them

      hence i beg all of you...please don't buy a pet turtle until and unless you've done enough research about kind of turtle which you're going to buy...i love these creatures and i have done a lot of research about them and i am a successful owner of a turtle since 3 years.

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      Daniela Palencia 5 years ago

      Turtles are very good pets.In fact, I have a baby turtle myself.His name is Franklin.He's easy to care.He's five c.m and one i.n LONG!!!I think every one must have at least one turtle because there easy to care.:)

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      Thamara 5 years ago

      Turtles live for a very long time and they grow to be really big. Then they are not small any more, or cheap (tank get bigger, more food, ...), and kids (and adults) end up deciding to give them away, or worse, "release them in the wild", when they have been hand fed since born. A terrible thing to do to a turtle. Also, depending on where you live, your native turtles may be species at risk. It is illegal to have a species at risk in captivity without a permit. Chances are that what you're buying at the pet store is Red Ear Slider, which is an invasive species.

      So in summary, having a turtle as a pet is a very bad idea. Get a cat instead.

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      bela1324 6 years ago

      how long is a turtles life spane ???

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      mariekbloch 6 years ago

      I like your enthusiasm about turtles, but I have to disagree with your first reason unless you were talking about a specific adult turtle. If a person buys a baby and puts it in a 20 gal tank, they will eventually need to upgrade. Some turtles get so big, it's challenging to keep them while providing adequate space. I also disagree with reason 5. A lot of reptiles need UVB radiation or sunlight and need specific nutrition and a very clean environment. I don't mean to be a wet blanket, I just care a lot about turtles and keeping them is not as easy as you're making it sound. All the best.

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      andy 6 years ago

      i might be getting a turtle im gonna name him Mr.Turtle lol thx for the facts bye the way :D

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      payal minhas 7 years ago

      i want to hav a turtle ... bt dont know why they r banned in india ...

      please tell me what to do??

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      SydneyP. 7 years ago

      I like turtles. Can you play with them??? If you can that wuld be so cool! :p

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      angel 7 years ago

      I don't have a turtle but my 3 year old wants one. N of course I would take care of it but I'm still not sure. N as fare as dogs they are stupid, piss n shit n the house,n like jumping on kids. Dogs r out!

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      Gracie 7 years ago

      Are they playful? I really want one but my parents disagree!!

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      dina to 7 years ago

      TURTLES ARE SO! cute! i have one his name is popy

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      kaynas 7 years ago

      dogs are way more interesting. who can play with a turtle ? how boring if u want a fun interesting pet get a bog !! plus turtles are UGLY !!!!!!!!!

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      steph_sutcliff 7 years ago

      I don't know if it's just me, but turtles have a different kind of vibe from a dog.... that's why I like them so much. It looks so wise sometimes

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      Googoo gaga 7 years ago

      My sister is 8 and have been asking for a tortoise for a while, is it ideal for her and her 13 year old brother?

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      animal luver 7 years ago

      Are turtles good pets????

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      Nat 7 years ago

      Cool man... COOOOOOOOL

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      solar.power 7 years ago from Brisbane

      intersting article

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      jacob 7 years ago

      i have a pet turtle and hes a beaast i love him

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      samchoo 7 years ago from Singapore

      I agree with Cathleen. Thanks for the enlightenment. Living things need tender loving care and if the owners don't know how to care for animals or get bored easily, get a stuffed turtle toy instead.

      Don't buy an animal from the wild.

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      cathleen 7 years ago

      Turtles are not ideal pets for children. Both turtles and tortoises have special care needs and can carry salmonela which can infect children. Also, many turtle and tortoise species are taken illegally from the wild. Please reconsider recommending these animals as pets.

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      samchoo 8 years ago from Singapore

      I am flattered. I know nuts about turtles. Yet with a little research, I can write well enough to convince a skeptic to adopt a turtle. Thanks to God for the gift of a good brain.

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      Kallee 8 years ago

      Thanks I was about to not get a turtle, but when I saw that article, my mind was changed!

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      samchoo 9 years ago from Singapore

      I don't have a pet turtle although I used to have a cat. I love animals. As a freelance writer, I can write on almost any subjects. I learn as I research on the subject. That's the fun part of a writer. The more I write, the more I learn.

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      Ryan Hupfer 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Thanks for answering my Request! Do you have a pet turtle?