The Love Turtle is a member of the Slipheridae, a class of reptile with an extended family including tortoises and their subspecies. The most common species in this group is the red backed love turtle. There are other subspecies in the family, but they are unique to only one genus. In the United States, there are five species of the Love Turtle genus and they are all considered threatened or endangered.
All members of the Slipheridae have a long neck, short under bite, shell and head that are very unique in comparison to other species. For example, all other known reptiles have longer necks and shorter under bites. The Love Turtle however has a completely opposite trait with its short snout, long neck and short head, which are characteristic features of a love turtle. They can grow up to three meters long and eat anywhere from thirty to seventy pounds.
There is no particular time frame within which a turtle becomes a love turtle. The exact breeding period cannot be determined, as the eggs will hatch at any time. It can however be estimated that a female turtle will reach sexual maturity when she is around ten years of age. Once sexually mature, the male will begin to produce eggs. After a year, the eggs will then hatch and the newly born turtle will begin searching for food.
The male of a love turtle is called the banded turtle and the female is called the spotted turtle. Their coloration differs from one turtle to another. This difference is usually quite obvious, especially when the turtle is molting. As such, it is important that you know what the typical colorations of each species are.
When it comes to caring for love turtles, it should be noted that they need constant attention. They are extremely active and although they like to be held by the owner, they can become bored if you are not constantly interacting with them. This is why you should provide them with things such as tubes, ladders and toys so that they may spend time outside of their cages. Although they are primarily carnivores, love turtles also enjoy eating plants and other fruits and vegetables. In fact, you can purchase specially designed food intended for turtles containing calcium, vitamins and plant nutrients.
When it comes to dealing with a love turtle, your first task should be to properly identify the species involved before handling them. This is to prevent injuries caused by accidentally picking the wrong kind of turtle. Once you are sure of the correct turtle for your family, it is a good idea to learn all about that species. This will ensure that you are aware of what they normally eat and how much they should be cared for. If you are considering buying a love turtle, you will find that there are a number of excellent resources available to help you become more educated in regards to this fascinating and popular pet.