|Turtles need to get out of the water to bask in the
sun or artificial heat source like light bulbs. The basking site is very beneficial for the turtles health
for shell is shedded and possible parasites on
the skin, die because of the natural sunlight.
There are several types of basking areaís that can be used or
build into an aquarium, but theyíre not al as good.
A lot of people use a big stone or a pile of stones stacked on each
other to let there animals bask on. This
has some negative sides:
∑ Sometimes the animals have problems getting on the stone
∑ The stone is still a little under water, so the belly of the turtle is never completely dry.
The stones take up swimming place and the
risk exists, the stones collaps and the animal gets buried or can't get
away from it so it drowneds The
tank can get damaged as well.
∑ Make a platform with 3 pieces of glass glued to each other. Make the platform so that it comes out of the water (picture) but leaves enough dry area for the animals to sit completely dry
∑ Glue 2 strips of glass (about 8-10 mm thick) with a silicon sealed onto the sides of the aquarium, where you (after the silicon has dried out can place the removable piece of glass. Then, glue 2 smaller pieces under a 45į angle onto the side. After they are dry, glue a piece of about 10 cm high onto the strips so this piece stays under water when the tank is filled. This piece can be used as a step on to the land area (drawing). Rubber is used to put on the glass and the step on. While creating a basking area, make sure itís made under a heat source (lightbulb)