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Great for beginners
posted 5 years ago
The Zoo-Med Turtle Docks can be a godsend for turtle novices. The biggest mistake turtle keepers make is not providing a large enough habitat. The average adult red eared slider (the most common aquatic turtle in the pet trade) maxes out at fifteen inches long (sometimes up to 20") and requires more than a hundred gallons of water to swim in. Yet the pet stores all sell 20 gallon tanks set up as "turtle tanks." Twenty four inches long and twelve inches wide... for a turtle that can get twenty inches long and ten to fourteen inches wide? It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
The average turtle for sale in pet stores is four inches long. Assuming the new turtle owner is decieved into buying one of these 20 gallon tanks, they are already buying a habitat that is woefully undersized. Now, try putting a large rock or a land mass in the tank to provide a basking spot... that shrinks the tank further. The Turtle Docks by Zoo-Med help in that regard. Sticking to the side of the tank on a slide aparatus (so it can ride up and down with changing water levels), the dock takes up several inches of surface area, but the turtle can swim under and around it, not losing any swimming space.
Pros: helps maximize small habitats
Cons: even the largest model can be too small for a large RES
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