Turtles

How to keep a Mata Mata turtle

The Mata Mata turtle originates from Northern South America, throughout the Amazon including Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. They are an aquatic species favouring slower moving water sources such as streams, swamps or marshes. They are a fascinating species with a characterful look. Their most prominent features being the triangular head shape, 'snorkel' nose extension and...

MBD – Metabolic Bone Disease

You’ve heard about MBD. It’s bad. But what does it actually do to a reptile’s body, and how can you ensure you will never have to deal with it?MBD, Metabolic Bone Disease, is a disorder caused by the abnormalities of minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin D, which causes the bone structure to weaken as the calcium is released back into the bloodstream, to preven...

What to Consider when Getting a Pet Turtle

what to when getting a pet turtle

Turtles are becoming an increasingly popular pet to have in the UK and this is no surprise! They are amazing creatures and a wonderful pet to have. But before taking the plunge and committing to this fantastic animal, it is important to consider what impact they will have on your life and how you must care for them. Here are a few things you may want to think about: Size Your new pet turtle will...

Turtle and Tortoise Species Guide

tutle and tortoise species guide

So you've decided to get yourself a turtle or tortoise, now you have to decide which one and which species? There are many different types of pet turtle and tortoise you can get and all have different requirements which you need to consider including diet, lifespan and size. Here are a few which are very popular and some information to help you decide which one is best for you: African Aquatic Si...

Turtle shell mystery

Boffins studying the ancient ancestor of modern turtles have discovered how the turtle's shell came to evolve.This month experts say their finds have shed light on a 30-55 million year gap in the history of the reptilem based on studying an extinct ancestral turtle from South Africa called Eunotosaurus.Tyler Lyson of the Smithsonian and Yale said: "The turtle shell is a complex structure that ...