Turtles are amazing pets
Sometime they can do things which may surprise us
That includes peeing on you
Yes that’s right, sometimes a turtle pees on you
So the question you may be wondering – Why did my turtle pee on me?
It’s likely that the way you treated him made it seem like he felt threatened.
You see, Turtles urinate when they’re stressed; this is a normal response to feeling threatened.
What do we learn here?
Make sure your turtle does not get stressed!
Let’s get into more detail in this article
Before we get into ways on how to stop your turtle peeing on you
I want to talk about turtle pee
Is it harmful?
Let’s find out
Is Turtle Pee Harmful To Humans?
Turtles’ urine contains high levels of uric acid, which can lead to gout, kidney stones, and even cancer.
The main reason why turtles get this disease is because they cannot filter their own waste properly.
This leads to toxins being passed through their kidneys and eventually ending up inside their bodies.
It has the potential to cause human brain damage when it comes into contact with you so you have to be very careful
That’s why it’s important to always wash your hands after handling your turtle
If your turtle has peed on you and you want to stop this behavior carry on reading
How To Stop Your Turtle Peeing On You
If you want your turtle to stop peeing on you it’s very simple
Don’t keep picking up your turtle
If you have to handle your turtle, do it in a gentle and calm way
Here’s how to pick up a turtle
Start slowly and gradually.
You shouldn’t pick up your pet turtle too quickly; even though he/she seems accustomed to being handled, you never know how much stress this activity causes him/her.
Be careful approaching turtles; coming up behind them is a sure fire way to spook them.
Don’t shake your turtle, and don’t leave him/her alone too high off the ground.
Your pet turtle should feel safe – imagine how terrifying it would be to be held high above ground while struggling to get back down to safety.
Your pet turtle should have some kind of resting spot, whether that means holding onto your hand, arm, or another solid surface you can grab.
Turtles feel much safer in water than on land, and handling turtles in water helps acclimate them to touch.
You can slowly introduce this behavior over several days.
How To Make Your Turtle Comfortable When Being Picked Up?
Patience and regular interactions with your pet turtle are the best way to ensure he/she grows accustomed to handling.
Observe your pet regularly and figure out when it is most active, what frightens it, and when it appears the most comfortable.
Stand nearby your tank while slowly moving around and this will help your pet get used to your presence.
A good way to get your turtle used to being around humans is to feed him/her regularly.
Make a habit of giving your turtle its regular mealtime snack each morning and evening.
Watch how he reacts while eating and move slowly towards him so he knows you are near.
Try feeding your turtle by hand after some time.
You shouldn’t force it – hold a piece of lettuce close to its mouth and wait patiently.
If your turtle isn’t interested, then try offering live food like cricket nymphs to get him/her excited.
Doing all this correctly will definitely stop your turtle peeing on you every time you pick him up
It does take time and patience but it will be all worth it in the end
Because your turtle will show affection towards you too
Happy you asked because that’s what I’m going to talk about next
How Do Turtles Show Affection?
Turtles express their love through eye contact rather than physical touch.
They often follow their owners around the house with their heads down, looking at them intently.
A friendly turtle will also greet its owner with open eyes.
Turtles often move toward humans because they feel safe around us.
This behavior helps turtles bond with each other and shows how much they care for others.
Some even try to get close enough to kiss our hands.
Turtles also exhibit affection through touching and grooming behaviors.
These include rubbing their heads and necks against their owner, licking faces, and even biting.
While this is normal behavior among turtles in nature, humans often misinterpret these actions as aggressive acts.
Turtles that feel affection towards their owners will often follow them around.
If you put them down on the floor, they might inch closer and closer to you.
Turtles love being petted, especially around their shells.
But while many turtles appreciate gentle strokes, others won’t tolerate any contact at all.
So before touching their shells, check to see whether your turtle likes being handled.
If he does, then give him a few light pats.
Otherwise, leave your turtle alone until she gets used to being touched.
Turtles aren’t known for showing much emotion, but if yours isn’t giving you any love back, don’t fret; turtles usually live alone and won’t feel left out unless you neglect its water bowl.
There we have it!
Before I wrap up, I want to touch on how you can get your pet turtle to like you
How To Get Your Pet Turtle To Like You?
One of the keys to keeping your pet turtles happy is consistent feeding.
The easiest thing you can do is just give them regular access to water.
If you provide this regularly, then they will learn to expect it at any given moment.
They will also begin associating your presence with something good.
Turtles absolutely love treats.
Between feedings, you can sneak some tasty morsels into your pet’s bowl.
This will definitely encourage him/her to like you.
Turtles love being outside, especially during springtime.
If you want your pet to feel comfortable while playing, then you should consider getting him or her some toys.
You can get turtles that come with balls, ropes, and many other fun items.
These types of toys not only provide entertainment, but they also give your pet something to do.
Make sure you put your pet away after he or she plays with these toys because they can chew through anything.
A great way to win over a pet turtle is to avoid being overly noisy around him/her.
Turtles have a powerful sense of hearing; if you make a lot of noise in or near their tank, it might stress them out.