HEAT LAMP:Place the heat dome with the basking bulb on top of the cage directly over where the reptile heat pad has been placed on the underside of one end of the tank. NOTE!!: Follow directions carefully with all products - READ THE INSTRUCTION SHEET!! Always choose fixtures with ceramic sockets and be careful to choose the socket that is properly rated for the wattage bulb that you will be using. Do not place the fixtures by dry wood or flammable fabrics. All heaters should be placed out of the reach of children and all pets - including cats and dogs. Be very careful to make sure that your caged pet cannot reach and touch the heating device in its own cage. A thermal burn to the face or body can be painful and life threatening.
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Scientists use the term “niche” to categorize species according to their microhabitat preference, diet, activity and a variety of other factors. For example, red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are aquatic, diurnal, omnivorous turtles that spend a lot of time near the surface of the water. Other turtles that share these preferences -- painted turtles (Chrysemys picta), river cooters (Pseudemys concinna) and yellow-bellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta) -- are said to share the same niche. An example from a different niche would be stinkpot turtles (Sternotherus odoratus), who are nocturnal, aquatic scavengers that walk along the bottom of rivers and ponds. While it is possible to house animals of the same niche together, it requires more total cage space; it is more efficient to house turtles together that inhabit different niches and results in less competition.
How to Create the Ideal Aquatic & Semi-Aquatic Turtle Habitats
While your pet turtle is content to live alone, some pet turtles cohabitate well and thrive with others. While you should generally house tortoises with members of their own species, and a few aggressive species cannot have any cage mates, many aquatic and terrestrial turtle species cohabitate well. By choosing species that inhabit different niches, you can maximize cage space and achieve success with a multi-species vivarium.
How to Create the Ideal Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Turtle Habitat ..