Those who raise reptiles as pets are routinely caring for pet reptiles. Like dogs or cats, you can not sleep or rub in the same bed, but reptiles also give people pleasure. But reptiles can cause unexpected problems.
In the United States, Salmonella has been found in reptiles from turtles that have been sold in at least 13 states.
Salmonella is bacteria associated with food poisoning. The bacterium is found mainly in turtle feces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can also be found on the back skin and skin of turtles. If a child is growing a turtle, the parent must ensure that the child does not touch the turtle with his bare hand or kiss the turtle.
Although bacteria are parasitic to turtles, it is humans that are affected by the bacteria. Turtles have nothing but salmonella. When a person is infected with a bacterium, it causes abdominal cramps, fever, headache, and diarrhea. People who are infected with Salmonella will recover when they receive treatment for about a week.
Other reptiles also have salmonella. According to the CDC, 70,000 of the salmonella-related diseases that occur every year are caused by reptiles. Therefore, reptile owners should be aware of how to manage the hygiene of pet reptiles.
Create a house
Turtles live in habitat of semen habitat. In other words, a water tank with water and land is needed to grow turtles. The depth of the water does not matter. Turtles are natural born swimmers. Instead, land, cradle, and stone, where turtles can dry their bodies, are essential. Also, put the filter in the water tank to suck the dirt of the turtle, and regularly clean the tank.
To properly control the habitat of the turtle, two thermostats, a heat lamp, and an underwater heater must be installed. One thermometer is installed to measure the temperature of the air in the water tank and the other to measure the temperature of water. Use a heat lamp so that the temperature of the water tank does not drop below 21 ° C at night or in the cold winter. The temperature of the water is maintained at 22 to 25 degrees.
Be careful not to electric shock the turtle due to heat lamp or water tank heater. If you can not expose turtles to natural sunlight, you should also provide UV lamps. Otherwise, the turtle can not produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. Calcium is a very important nutrient for turtles.
It is important to keep the water consistent when cleaning the water tank and changing the water. Therefore, the water in the tank should be changed little by little rather than at once. Otherwise, all the beneficial bacteria in the aquarium will disappear and the turtle habitat will be out of balance.
Take care of the turtle's health
If you have adopted a turtle, for the time being it gives the turtle time to adapt to the new habitat. If the turtle has any of the following symptoms, take it to the vet immediately.
1. I do not eat food or drink water well, so I lose weight.
2. Discharge from the eyes, nose, or mouth.
3. Do diarrhea.
When lifting a turtle, you must hold the middle part of the body. Do not lift the turtle head or leg. Before and after touching a pet turtle, be sure to wash your hands when you must. You should also wash your hands before and after touching the water tank.
Children under five years of age, people with weak immune systems should not be exposed to reptiles and amphibians. These animals are likely to have Salmonella.
Also, when cleaning a tortoise tank, wash it in a place other than a kitchen sink because other objects may be contaminated. It is good to clean turtle tank with exclusive disinfectant or disinfectant.
When you take a turtle out of the tank to take a walk, carpets and floors that have passed by the turtle can also become breeding grounds for bacteria, so you should work hard to avoid spreading unwanted disease at home.