The attractive red belly turtle is a popular breed for those who want to bring the turtle into their family. Red belly turtles have three distinctive species and all are characterised by broad, red stripes on the carapace with variable black and red patterning on the plastron. The head has streaks of yellow, one of which is centred between the eyes, ending near the nose to form an arrow. These turtles make nice pets.
The red belly turtles are bit shy, but get over it pretty quickly and become comfortable in their enclosure and around people that they are familiar with. These turtles get quite large, so you need to be certain that you have enough space for this breed to survive, whether you choose to set up your pet enclosure inside your home or outside in the garden. The red-bellied turtles require special care. While habitat and nutrition are important factors to consider but when it comes to caring for your turtles, keep in mind that they also require preventive health care. Handling the turtle is also a matter of concern since they are still capable of spreading diseases.
To set up the enclosure for your turtle inside the house, an aquarium of 10 to 20 gallons will do, gravel, large rock, UVA and UVB aquarium lamp, thermostat, water neutralising drops and commercial turtle food are required. Rinse aquarium and place a thin layer of gravel at the bottom with an increasing amount leaning towards one of the corners. This needs to be done to imitate a pool, then place the large rock securely over the gravel mound, this will serve as a basking rock. Pour lukewarm water in the aquarium, then add in the neutralising drops to eliminate any chemicals. Attach the thermostat on outside of the aquarium. The water should be at a temperature between 70-75 Fahrenheit. Now attach the lamp on the top edge of the tank above basking rock. Allow the aquarium to sit for few days to get regulated before placing the turtle in its new environment.
Turtles are herbivore in the wild, so they enjoy feeding on a variety of non-toxic aquatic plants. To keep the pets healthy and happy, feed them commercial pelleted food, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and aquatic plants. Take care of their hygiene by brushing the back gently with an old soft toothbrush to keep the shell clean.
If you are deciding to build an enclosure for your turtle outside in the garden, you need to keep it safe from predators and itself (so that it does not escape and get run over by a car). If you are not sure how to go about it, then you can hire personnel who are expert in this job, just contact labour hire in Melbourne and they will send in the experts to build an enclosure for your pet. Labour hire firms have a database of people looking for a job so it is easier for them to find one according to your needs.