Aquatic turtles are often considered easy to maintain and cheap pets. That is not really the case with these little animals.
Time consuming or not
Aquatic turtles are great pets for people that do not like to interact with animals too much but still want to have a pet. They do not need you to train them or spend any time with they.
The turtle itself is not very expensive but the costs of tank and its accessories goes very well over several hundreds of dollars.
Still, this is only the initial cost. The maintenance of the pet is not too expensive and should not exceed 50 US dollars a month.
If you decide on turtle as pet, invest some money at the beginning in buying a large tank so you do not have to do that once the turtle grows.
Keeping a pet turtle will not take away your time except for cleaning it. This can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Turtles will not make a mess around your apartment but the tank can get pretty messy. To prolong the time between tank cleaning, invest in a good water filter.
To completely clean the tank you will need to remove decorations, filter, pump, basking platform and what ever you might have in it. You will need to clean all that separately and than set up the tank again.
Wild animal or not
If you are thinking if you should get a wild or a bred-in-captivity turtle, please do not take a wild one. It is never a good choice to separate a wild animal from its habitat.
Small pets are considered a good solution for small apartments but an aquatic turtle will need a fairly large tank once it is an adult so make sure you have enough space for it.
Are they good pets for kids?
Probably not. If the kid wants a pet to play with do not get a turtle. Also, take in consideration that a kid cannot take care of it so you will have to.
The last thing to consider about kids and aquatic turtles as pets is – salmonella. Turtles can be carriers of this illness and kids often put their hands in their mouth. If you have a turtle, make sure that your kid washes hands every time it is in contact with the pet.
So, are aquatic turtles as pets good or bad? Bottom line – setup costs money but the upkeep price is low, you do not need time to socialize with it but you will need time to clean the tank, turtles are silent and will not interrupt your daily routine.