The tiny penny turtle

The tiny penny turtle

When reading about turtles on the Internet, I’ve commonly come across the question ‘what is the smallest turtle you can have for a pet’. Well the answer to this is easy; the penny turtle. This cute little guy rarely gets over an inch big and measures smaller than a penny. If you see one of these turtles out and about, you just might mistake it as a beetle if you don’t take a second look. The penny turtle is so adorable and is easy to keep as a pet because it doesn’t require very much space at all.

If you decide to purchase a penny turtle, you need to provide them with the same living conditions you would provide for a turtle of any size. There must be an area for the turtle to swim, an area to rest and a heating lamp to keep the turtle warm. Turtles are cold blooded, so they can’t warm up on their own. A heating lamp will allow them to warm themselves up when they get too cold, keeping the turtle healthy.

The turtle lives in fresh water, so be sure to be able to meet these conditions before deciding to purchase a penny turtle. If you can keep a proper environment for a penny turtle pet, these can usually be found for sale at many of the local reptile shops. If your local shop doesn’t have them for sale, many times the owner can order one for you or refer you to someone who will be able to provide you with your very own, loving and adorable penny turtle.