Importance of a Proper Basking Area
Turtles need a properly set up basking area in order to be healthy, we teach you how to do it.
It’s important to create a basking area that will be inviting for your slider. Turtles are cold-blooded, so they depend on external heat sources for warmth. Long stretches of time in low temperatures could lead to respiratory infections. Also, turtles must have a place to dry out completely to avoid shell rot, which can happen when algae or bacteria forms and causes infection. In addition, UV lighting is critical for your turtle’s health, helping to regulate digestion, immunity, and activity levels.
When setting up your tank, your goal should be to mimic conditions in the wild, where turtles are free to move between the cool water and warm sunshine. The basking area will include some sort of stable, easily accessible dock which is heated with a lamp. This area should be kept 10 degrees (F) warmer than the temperature of the water. If you have more than one slider in your tank, make sure the lamp and dock are configured safely so the turtles cannot crawl on top of each other and get too close to the heat source, resulting in burns or hyperthermia. You may also consider placing the lamp on a timer to create a regular day-night cycle in the tank.