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    Just 15 Things To Make Your Pet Turtle Happy

    These products will help your turtle come out of its shell and start living the good life.

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    1. A small turtle tank perfect for a baby turtle because it has it all: a swimming area, a ramp for your turtle to head to dry land, a basking platform, and two small built-in bowls for food.


    Promising review: "We got this for our baby turtle (Myrtle) and it's perfect! She is only about the size of a small tangerine so she has plenty of room to move around. We keep fresh greenery in the small space at the end and fill the other side with about an inch or so of water. Her food goes in the little bowls on the landing. My kids love that it's open so they can watch her easily. I bought a heat lamp that clips on the side so I have to keep it braced so that the tank doesn't turn over from the weight. Overall this was a great purchase." –Angela R. Neil

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A "floating island" that your turtle can climb on top of when they want to bask in their lamp's glow. Don't worry: it attaches to the side of the tank so your turtle will feel comfortable chilling out for hours.


    Promising review: "I guess I didn't know what to actually expect out of this, but it's a great product for any turtle setup. Fits perfectly on one of the sidewalls of a typical cheap aquarium. What I was surprised by was the fact the suction cups go on little rails that suction onto the glass. There are two holes through the platform that the rails go that way the platform can float freely on the surface and adjust based on water level. Awesome product and my turtle loves it!" –Joshie McLovemuffin

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    3. Or this sleek minimalist basking platform with a built-in ramp to help your favorite reptile onto the flat surface. It also has a small compartment to place your turtle's food in. Relaxing and snacking at the same time? Truly a turtle's dream.

    Promising review: "So far so good, very happy with this dock! Easy to install, functional, and Tango the turtle LOVES it. Within minutes he was on it basking happily with his eyes closed, leg out and soaking up the 'sun.' Great value so far, can't beat the price." –Faja

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in clear or white).

    4. A decorative plant to place in your turtle's tank so they feel like they're swimming around their natural habit.

    fake exo terra plant in a turtle tank

    Promising review: "This is very nice. It looks so real in my tank with turtles. It was a great price for the quality of the product. Bottom rock part is nice and heavy so it won't float around at all." –lola

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three plant styles)

    5. A bottle of sludge destroyer that breaks down waste and debris and keeps your turtle's tank clean, therefore helping them live a longer and healthier life.

    Promising review: "Before I used API turtle sludge destroyer aquarium cleaner, the water got clouded and started to get smelly by the fourth day and water had to be changed on the seventh day otherwise it would stink up the house. After I used this sludge destroyer aquarium cleaner for the first time, I didn't smell anything even I didn't change water for two full weeks. I purposely waited to see how long it can go though. I refilled the tank throughout these two weeks and I added one dose of the solution in between to keep the clearness up. I changed water on the two-week mark because the filter was full and to my surprise, the odor was so minor it was barely there! The rocks and turtle dock was way less dirty too even they were sitting in the tank for two full weeks." –Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76 (or Subscribe & Save for $6.42/month).

    6. A fluorescent tropical terrarium lightbulb with a high UVB output that helps your turtle produce vitamin D3.


    Promising review: "This light is great. I use it for my aquatic turtle tank along with a basking light. They are very healthy and I have been using these from the start, so I know they are giving off great rays! Their shells look fantastic and they have huge appetites." –Elizabeth S. Sengelaub

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    7. A bottle of floating turtle pellets made with Gammarus shrimp and fortified with vitamins and minerals so your turtle can maintain a healthy diet.

    bottle of exoterra floating pellets

    Promising review: "So I usually buy food for my turtles at the grocery store, but decided to check online and see if it would be cheaper. I never heard of this brand before, but the turtles can't get enough of it. The food is shaped like a baby pea instead of the usual sticks. I don't smell anything when I open the container either. Most pet food makes me queasy." –Fiery_babe

    Get it from Amazon in a 1.4-ounce bottle for $1.12 or a 8.8-ounce bottle for $10.99.

    8. A ramp with friction grip tape so your turtle doesn't slip while heading up to the basking platform. It's also adjustable so you can customize it to your tank's size.

    a turtle relaxing at the top of a basking platform that has a ramp

    Promising review: "Finally something that works for my large red-eared slider! I was beginning to give up hope after trying four different types of docking stations. They either would not stay afloat because of her weight, or were cheaply made and broke very quickly. This product went up easily and quickly and has multiple ways of adjusting how you want it to fit in the tank. It took my turtle a couple of days to get the idea of how to climb onto it but now she never wants to get down! I have to turn the light off so she will come down into the water and eat ha ha. She loves her new lifestyle. Somebody finally came up with a quality product for my big girl!" –HonestAlways

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    9. A pack of natural-looking aquarium gravel so the bottom of your turtle's tank looks just like the bottom of the river. It'll make them feel right at home!

    aquarium rocks soaking in water

    Promising review: "I got these rocks to add some color to my turtle tank that only had white rocks in it. It definitely did the trick and blends in great! The rocks are beautiful. Definitely recommend." –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    10. A turtle tank that's much more lightweight than traditional tanks. It has a clear front panel so you can see what your turtle's up to and a mesh top that can be removed if you want to add a reptile lamp.

    white turtle tank with a lamp and accessories inside

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my grandson's birthday present which his mom decided was a tortoise. Maggie (the tortoise) fits in my hand right now and it was absolutely perfect! It's light and he can watch his tortoise through the plexiglass. He loves it!!" –Kimberly K.

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99+ (available in two colors).

    11. A set of two clip-on reptile lights so your turtle can feel like it's basking in the sunlight all day. The UVA light literally keeps your turtle happy because it helps regulate mood swings, and the UVB light keeps their bones strong.

    two clip on reptile lights illuminating a turtle tank

    Promising review: "My aquatic turtle's old lights were not warm enough so 'Frankie' would not bask the way that turtles are required to. Once I put these lights in, they are just warm enough that he stays basking on his floating dock. Great purchase!" –Kelli Linander

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ for a pack of two (available in 25 and 50 watts).

    12. A pack of dehydrated river shrimp that make a great protein source for your turtle. Give them a few of these with every meal, and start watching them grow big and strong.

    package of river shrimp food for turtles

    Promising review: "Since I ordered these, my red-eared slider will frantically swim up to me when I come in and shake the snack bag. He was originally very shy and would hide when I would come in the room to feed or visit him, but now will actually take the shrimp from being hand-fed. (I pinch one end of the shrimp in my index and thumb and the other end slightly in the water). He gobbles them up no problem. two to three shrimp in the morning and evening make for a happy turtle!" –Will R

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (or Subscribe & Save for $8.54/month)

    13. A pack of fake vines to place all over your turtle's tank to make it feel as homey as possible. The vines come with suction cups to attach them to the side of the tank.

    turtles swimming among fake vines

    Promising review: "We have a 50-gallon tank and are only using half of the vines right now. The turtles are 2 years old and are loving the added cover in the tank. Definitely a must for aquatic turtles." –Lana

    Get it from Amazon for $6.42+.

    14. A slow-dissolving conditioner that helps control the growth of disease-causing organisms that could harm your turtle. Bonus: each sulfa block lasts up to two months.

    package of three reptoguard turtle health conditioner

    Promising review: "I got these to use in our snapping turtle's tank. He had been over-fed and the water was a little cloudy. Having just cleaned the tank my husband did NOT want to change the water again. I dropped one of these tablets in and the water cleared right up! Also, before we had the tablets, the turtle would grow algae on his shell sometimes. I don't think this is bad for the turtle, as this happens in the wild all the time, but it is kind of gross to look at. This has not happened since using the tablet." –S. Boggia

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

    15. And a light fixture to place at the bottom of your turtle's tank that creates a fun neon bubble effect that your turtle will be mesmerized by.

    bubble-making neon light fixture at the bottom of the tank

    Promising review: "I have a 100-gallon aquarium that a 24-year-old massive turtle lives in. This light combined with an air compressor lights up the aquarium just right and the turtle enjoys floating over the bubbles. EXCELLENT BUY, fast shipping, and great quality construction; will definitely buy again." –Bman2112

    Get it from Amazon for $15.69.

    Now watch as your turtle sits back, basks in their light, and becomes the happiest little reptile around.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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