What is the Difference Between Terrapins and Turtles?

Terrapins and turtles are both aquatic reptiles, but much disagreement exists about the differences between these two chelonians. Indeed, the difference really depends on where you live; within the USA the word terrapin is rarely, if ever used. Instead all aquatic members of the tortoise family are known as “turtles”. Within the UK, and much […]

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The Beginners Guide to Keeping Terrapins & Turtles

Over the years the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had a significant impact on the pet care industry. Each time a Turtles movie is released it seems that demand for baby pet turtles goes wild. Over the years hundreds of thousands of pet terrapins have been imported into the UK in order to satisfy this […]

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Stranded turtles fly to freedom

Thomas Cook Airlines transports rescued turtles to new life in Gran Canaria. Two rare stranded loggerhead turtles that were rescued from a popular surfing beach in Devon within the same week, have finally been set free after five months of rehabilitation. The turtles were transported by Thomas Cook Airlines from Gatwick Airport to their new […]

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What’s the Most Popular Pet in the UK?

It’s estimated that 3.2 million households added a pet to their family during the pandemic, meaning that over 17 million households in the UK now own a pet. Research by the PFMA found the most popular pet in the UK. Below, we analyse the top ten pets favoured by UK households. 1st Dogs There are […]

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How to Breed Terrapins

Terrapins are freshwater turtles, of which there are only seven species. These aquatic pets are very popular in the UK and there are countless specialist reptile stores that sell hatchlings. However, there are many reputable breeders too. If you have terrapin experience, you may wish to breed your own. This guide will help you get […]

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What Do Terrapins Eat?

Terrapins can make fantastic pets for people looking for something a little bit “different”. However caring for a terrapin requires some specialist knowledge. One of the factors that can make terrapin care a little more challenging is that they require quite a specialist diet. Understandably, one of the most common questions asked among new terrapin […]

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Feeding Terrapins (& Terrapin Food Advice)

If there’s one major downside to keeping terrapins is their feeding habits. There are a number of reasons why feeding terrapins has its challenges: Terrapins are carnivorous. In other words you’re going to need to feed most terrapins some kind of meat. This isn’t just expensive – it can be messy too. Terrapins are messy […]

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