The size of a turtle’s
home is probably THE most misunderstood part of turtle keeping.
Many people think they can keep them in what many hobbyists call
“death bowls”. As turtle
owners, we are suppose to simulate their natural home as much as possible
and with that, it is necessary to supply them with a large home.
To guarantee that they have a big enough home, I suggest that, for
every inch of the turtle’s shell, there be 10 gallons of water and then
add 10%. Also, the more turtles
you have in one tank, the more space you will have to have for them.
I suggest then for any additional turtles, divide the shell length in
half and multiply by 10. So,
for example, if you have a 2 inch turtle in a tank, you need to have 22
gallons of water. However, if
you add another 2 inch turtle into the tank, you’ll need about 35 gallons
Also, to guarantee that a turtle has enough space, I suggest multiplying the length of the turtle by 5 to get the length of the aquarium and, for the height, multiply the adult length by 2.5. The width of the tank should be enough that the turtle can turn around, so about twice as long as the turtle.
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