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Turtle and Tortoise Care in a Nutshell

Did you know that turtles and tortoises have been on the earth for more than 200 million years? That means the distant relative of that cute little shelled reptile you're considering adding to your family walked the earth at the very same time as dinosaurs! Along with their interesting history, turtles and tortoises have excellent eyesight and a keen sense of smell. They're fun to care for and fascinating to watch, making them popular pets for families and hobbyists alike.

If you're considering adding a turtle or tortoise to your family or are just bringing one home for the first time, the PetSmart turtle and tortoise guide has the information you need to help you and your pet start off on the right foot with tips on how to house, care and feed your new friend.

Choosing the right turtle/tortoise

Choosing the right
turtle/tortoise

  • Which species is right for you?
  • TLC all turtles & tortoises need
  • Welcoming home your turtle or tortoise

Live pet

Habitat

Habitat

  • The right turtle tank/tortoise habitat
  • Lighting & heating
  • DĂ©cor

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Upkeep & maintenance

Upkeep & maintenance

  • Keeping your tank/habitat clean
  • Water care

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Nutrition

Nutrition

  • What they eat
  • How often to feed them
  • Supplements

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