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Pet Turtle - Pseudemys concinna hieroglyphica

Updated on December 21, 2013

So you bought a pet turtle

The turtle is a great pet.

Its durable and can accompany you a large part of your live.

It requires some cares but it is easy to maintain and, unlike fishes it can bind to you. They live a long life, and keep growing, so you will find that it is a very valuable pet to have. You can accompany her growth as you age, and in time you can even make her like to be petted.

The pseudemys concinna hieroglyphica is one of the most common turtles in pet shops - now more than ever because the red-eared turtle was banned and turned illegal in most of the countries.

This lens will approach this specific lens and help you on your "Taking care of Turtles course" :D

Remember that this is a normal turtle so it wont make hydro pumps and water guns like squirtle and doesnt eat pizza like the Teenage Mutant varietys.

The Background Info about these turtles. - For the interested ones...

The Hieroglyphica comes from the U.S.A., where it can be found from South Indiana to the North of Mississipi. This little critter loves rivers with a medium strong corrent and lots of vegetation. Most time they are in the water, but they commonly get up on logs to sunbathe.

They are omnivorous creatures so they can survive well on their own, despite their vulnerable and lovable appearance. Its important they get sunlight so they can absorb calcium and its shell stays hard to resist predators.

Description - How to Identify a Hieroglyphica - Ok, so this is a turtle, which kind? :p

The Hieroglyphica has a dark shell, between brown and black with a yellow padron. Head, Tail and legs are also dark with yellow marks. Females are typically bigger than males.

This kind of turtle can live 40 years on average.

They can also achieve a respectable size - 25 to 30 cms (10 to 12 inches)

In the past, the most typical pet turtle was the red eared turtle. Be aware that in most countries this type of turtle became illegal, because it was endangering the native species and because it develops so well. It's an hazard to nature also because when they grow people discard them in the bush, where they will keep growing.

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How to care for your pet turtle - In easy to follow topics.


Usually in Pet Stores they give you Gammarus as a recomendation (those tiny shrimp like creatures). Gammarus dont give the required nutrients to your turtle. They should be fed food in pellets like nutrafin that have all the nutrients they need.

If you want to walk the extra mile and pamper your turtle give it fresh raw meat or fruits and vegetables - avoiding lettuce. Gammarus are a snack too.


The turtle needs more space than those tiny plastic containers they give you in the pet store. They need a large area good enough to swim around and dive a bit - enough water space for them to turn around if they fall belly up.

The main part must me water and a small part of firm ground so they can rest and bask at the sun.

Special Care:

As a special care buy an UV light so they can absorb sun light to produce vitamins and absorb calcium.

They need direct sun light, sun light trough a window or glass doesnt work.

You can also buy substances to clean tap water to make it good for turtles, simulating their habitats.

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    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Didn't cross my mind to have a turtle as a per, but the little one is so cute, great choice.

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      6 years ago

      I have a painted turtle that I found last year when it was only the size of a quarter!

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      6 years ago

      I like the looks of them.

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      6 years ago

      Turtles are among the few reptiles that are actually lovable. I'm constantly rescuing them from roads, railroad tracks, and the like.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      I used to have pet turtles straight from ponds and streams - too cute.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      6 years ago from Maryland

      Baby turtles are so cute! :)

    • JEMArtistry profile image


      6 years ago

      I would love to get turtle!


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