Pet Turtle Behaviors Tell You About Turtles Health

Your pet turtle can’t talk. You knew that. 😉 However, a pet turtle’s behavior can give clues about it’s health and well being. So watch out for interesting or new behaviors – your pet turtle could be trying to tell you something! Here are some of the common activities or behaviors to watch for:

Turtle eats lots of gravel or sand
If your turtle keeps trying to eat gravel or sand in large quantities then it suggests either you are not feeding it enough or it has a lack of mineral content in it’s diet.

Replace sand and gravel with larger stones that are too large to fit inside your turtles mouth. Provide vitamins, calcium and trace elements in your turtles diet, ensure you are feeding your turtle the correct amount.

Turtle swims constantly back and forth
If your turtle is constantly swimming back and forth along the side of its enclosure, or if it is regularly trying to climb out of its enclosure your turtle may not be happy in its surroundings.

Is the water and air temperature correct? Is the amount of water and land space right? Is the current in the water too strong or too weak? These are all questions you need to ask yourself.

If your turtle has just been placed in to a new environment it may swim back and forth as it explores its new home. After a day or two it should have calmed down. Swimming back and forth can also be a sign that your female turtle is ready to lay her eggs and is searching for a suitable egg deposit site.

Turtle Stands Tall With Legs Extended and Head Held High
When your turtle is standing tall with its legs extender and head held high it is assuming a posture so that it can take a good look around. On land this position also makes it easier for your turtle to empty its bowels and in water it may be reaching its head out of the water to breathe. This is perfectly normal behavior.

Turtle Burrows into the Ground
If your aquarium pet turtle burrows in to a hiding spot and has also stopped eating it may be showing signs it is ready to start hibernating. This happens in autumn when the days are shorter and sun is low in the sky. At other times in the year this behavior can indicate a problem with the turtles health and you will need to take it to the veterinarian for a check-up.

If you found this information interesting you will love my full guide. With more behavior explanations like this as well as sections on how to feed the right amount, provide the right living space, hibernating and breeding your turtle, and curing illnesses and injuries it is your complete turtle care guide.

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Pet Turtle Behaviors Tell You About Turtles Health

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