From time to time, I like to take my turtles outside to bask in the sun. It’s an activity that I truly enjoy doing. And, I am quite sure, my turtles enjoy it, too.
If you are reading this post, you probably want to, or you are at least interested in doing the same thing. If that’s the case, great. Turtles love to bask in the sun.
If you are a first-time turtle owner, you probably have a few questions.
How long should turtles bask in the sun? Is it safe to take your turtles out in the sun? And other similar questions.
In this article, we’ll answer all those questions. In addition, we’ll cover other similar topics, as well. But, first…
How long should turtles bask in the sun? Turtles should bask on direct sunlight 20 to 30 minutes, couple times a week. Never let your turtle unsupervised while doing this activity.
Now, let’s get started!
Is It Safe To Take Your Turtles Out In The Sun?
I own three red-eared slider turtles. Once in a while, I want to take them out to bask in the sunlight. As I said earlier, it’s an activity that both I, and the turtles enjoy.
But is it safe to take them out?
Taking your turtles outside is perfectly fine if you follow a few simple rules. Remember, the safety of your pet is the most important thing. You should never put them in danger.
In the section below, we’ll talk about all the precautions you should take, and all the unexpected situations might emerge.
What You Should Do To Make Sure Your Turtle Is Safe Basking In The Sun
Let’s say that you want to take your red-eared slider out to bask on direct sunlight.
What precautions you need to take, and what things should you be aware of?
The first thing you should do is to ensure that there aren’t any predators nearby.
I leave in an area where there are a lot of cats. I can’t leave my turtles without supervision because it’s too dangerous.
There is always some cat looking for an easy meal.
If there any predators in your area, whether are cats, raccoons, or birds, you should not leave your turtle alone. Which leads me to the next thing.
More people can also make the turtle uncomfortable and feel unsafe to explore the environment. Make sure that’s just you and the turtle.
If this is the first time you take your turtle outside, make sure that is only for a short period, 10 to 20 minutes. Set up a dry container, not in direct sunlight, with a shadow, and observe how it behaves.
Next time you take your turtle out, it will be familiar with the environment, and it should feel more secure to explore it.
Never leave your turtle without supervision! There are many stories where beginner owners have left their turtles outside more than it should be, and it didn’t end well.
As you have seen red eared sliders love basking in the sun. If you think about it, why wouldn’t they?
Natural sunlight should be better than artificial light. In nature, wild turtles enjoy it every day. However, you need to be careful.
Domesticated animals, such as common pet turtles, don’t have the same immunity as wild turtles. They didn’t grow up in the same environment.
Chances are, your pet turtle has never left its tank. It hasn’t been exposed to direct sunlight. That’s why it is so important to be careful. Start small, and gradually increase the exposure of direct sunlight, every time you take them out.
Follow the steps I’ve mentioned above to make sure your turtle is safe, and you are good to go. I am quite sure that you and your turtle will enjoy doing this activity.
Now, I’d like to hear from you. Have you ever taken your turtle outside to bask in the sun? Let me know in the comments below!