Should You Get A Turtle?

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A Great Pet For Some, But Not Everyone

If you are looking for an interactive, friendly, funny, curious and interesting companion to keep you company, look no further than turtle. Turtles can be an incredible pet that may be free depending on your area or a lot of money. That all depends upon the breed that you choose. Red Eared Sliders are usually very affordable ones that have loads of personality and curiosity. They are very nosy pets that like to look at every single thing around them. If you allow the turtle out, he will be wandering around trying to get in trouble.

Laws on Turtle Ownership

If you are planning on getting one on make sure you research the laws involving having one as a pet. There is a minimum size standard that you can have a baby turtle ass. A lot of the times they are sold illegally and too small to survive with many people putting them in fish tanks with other fish or with other reptiles in established tanks.

What Do They Eat?

Turtles are both vegetarians and carnivores or known as omnivores.. They love to snack on fresh vegetables but also will eat bugs and when they enter the tank. They also really like to snack on those baby shrimp that are given to aquarium fish.They need a balance of the staple container of basic turtle food plus fresh vegetables and other snacks. Variety is what is most important. Check online to see if something is safe before giving them your food. Obviously dumping the crust of your pepperoni pizza in the tank is not something you want to do so always check first with legitimate reptile advice websites.

Turtles and Kids

If you have babies or toddlers, keep them away from the turtle. Children at those ages are too young to know enough to handle a reptile properly as well as washing their hands afterwards to prevent salmonella and other diseases. It is important to teach kids proper handling of all pets but especially reptiles as the diseases are easy to catch simply by touching them. They are better as pets for teenagers and adults.

Tank Size

If you get a turtle at the smallest legal size, you can start out with a 10 or 15 gallon tank but be warned you will be having to keep buying new tanks. They get bigger and eventually will require a very large one of over 75 gallons to be comfortable and able to swim around freely and bask in the sun or the heat lamps. They may get so big that a pond may need to be built in order to house your pet.

Fun Activity With Your Turtle

If you can be sure you can properly sanitize and clean up afterwards, there is fun activities that you can do with your turtle such as making the sink a temporary housing spot. You put some very large rocks in the kitchen or bathroom sink and turn the water on low to create a very light waterfall like flow. Fill it up to about 6 inches and spread the rocks out. They will swim around and bask on the rocks enjoying it like a water park. They love it, just be sure to clean up thoroughly afterwards. Your health depends on it. When the turtle gets large enough, some walk them on leashes and take them on short trips. You can build a bond with a turtle as they do have personalities all of their own. Some enjoy their shells even being scratched or petted. Like with any pet do your research and you may just get the perfect pet for you!

1. Should You Get a Turtle

A Great Pet For Some, But Not Everyone If you are looking for an interactive, friendly, funny, curious and interesting companion to keep you company, look no further than turtle. Turtles can be an incredible pet that may be free depending on your area or a lot of money. That all depends upon the breed that you choose. Red Eared Sliders are usually very affordable ones that have loads of personality and curiosity. They are very nosy pets that like to look at every single thing around them. If you allow the turtle out, he will be wandering around trying to get in trouble. Laws on Turtle Ownership If you are planning on getting one on make sure you research the laws involving having one as a pet. There is a minimum size standard that you can have a baby turtle ass. A lot of the times they are sold illegally and too small to survive with many people putting them in fish tanks with other fish or with other reptiles in established tanks. What Do They Eat? Turtles are both vegetarians and carnivores or known as omnivores.. They love to snack on fresh vegetables but also will eat bugs and when they enter the tank. They also really like to snack on those baby shrimp that are given to aquarium fish.They need a balance of the staple container of basic turtle food plus fresh vegetables and other snacks. Variety is what is most important. Check online to see if something is safe before giving them your food. Obviously dumping the crust of your pepperoni pizza in the tank is not something you want to do so always check first with legitimate reptile advice websites. Turtles and Kids If you have babies or toddlers, keep them away from the turtle. Children at those ages are too young to know enough to handle a reptile properly as well as washing their hands afterwards to prevent salmonella and other diseases. It is important to teach kids proper handling of all pets but especially reptiles as the diseases are easy to catch simply by touching them. They are better as pets for teenagers and adults. Tank Size If you get a turtle at the smallest legal size, you can start out with a 10 or 15 gallon tank but be warned you will be having to keep buying new tanks. They get bigger and eventually will require a very large one of over 75 gallons to be comfortable and able to swim around freely and bask in the sun or the heat lamps. They may get so big that a pond may need to be built in order to house your pet. Fun Activity With Your Turtle If you can be sure you can properly sanitize and clean up afterwards, there is fun activities that you can do with your turtle such as making the sink a temporary housing spot. You put some very large rocks in the kitchen or bathroom sink and turn the water on low to create a very light waterfall like flow. Fill it up to about 6 inches and spread the rocks out. They will swim around and bask on the rocks enjoying it like a water park. They love it, just be sure to clean up thoroughly afterwards. Your health depends on it. When the turtle gets large enough, some walk them on leashes and take them on short trips. You can build a bond with a turtle as they do have personalities all of their own. Some enjoy their shells even being scratched or petted. Like with any pet do your research and you may just get the perfect pet for you!

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2. Can You Go Back to Being Just Friends?

Can you maintain a friendship with your ex? We have all had it happen. We had that great friendship with the opposite sex that defied all logic. You could discuss anything, share your deepest secrets and do fun things together. It was great, no weird feelings or drama between you. The perfect platonic male/female friendship. It was great. Then you decided that you get along so well that you should date and it all changed. You slept with the person, fell in love and had a relationship. There were fights, massive drama and eventually it didn't work out and you broke up. You just did not fit well together in a romantic relationship. Now you are feeling the emptiness of not having them in your life anymore. Can you go back to being just friends? Who Dumped Who and Why? A big factor in whether you can go back to being friends with this person is how the relationship ended. If one of you cheated on the other then it may be harder to get over. If you did the dumping then it may seem easy to you to just go back to being best pals but to the wounded, it's not so easy. They have to grieve the end of this form of the relationship as do you. It may feel like they failed in some way and feel awkward around you for awhile. They may be in love with you and being around you is too hard, or they may resent you for ending the relationship for awhile. It depends on the individual situation. If you are the one who was dumped then it's up to you how long it will take to be able to see them as your friend again. Running Into Each Other Are you still in social situations where you will be running into each other frequently? If so it may push the process forward quicker rather than one having to contact the other to talk. If you are in the same class or have the same job then you will be forced to interact and it may get the awkwardness out of the way much quicker. If you don't have any other ties to each other but each other then you will have to make the contact if they are not. When to Contact Them If you broke up with them then check in after a few days with just a quick “how you doin” message. This will open up communication that shows that you do care. After that wait a few days and see if they talk to you. It will most likely be very small awkward conversations about the weather for about a month then you can try to see if they want to hang out “like you used to” you want to add that in so they know this isn't a romantic visit. Being clear without being rude is a must. You don't have to use the “friends” word, telling them you want to hang out like you used to should get the message clearly across. If they broke up with you, and you decide to make the initial contact to hang out then you have made a big step in restoring the friendship. You can even let them know that you miss being friends and want to go back to being how you were. This will relieve them as it's likely that they have been feeling terrible about hurting your feelings. Being the one to initiate contact in this case will make transitioning back to best buds much easier. Good Luck It can be hard to cross back over that bridge once you have dated but it's not impossible. A true friendship will recognize that old familiar feeling quickly enough, or it may have been a friendship that was always going to lead to romance and so it may not have been as much about friendship as you had thought. Either way if you want the friendship back then you will need to make the moves to make it happen

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