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Since African helmeted turtles spend a lot of time in water, it is crucial to provide them with an appropriate aquatic environment. While partly submerged, turtles may either lay on the tank's substrate or float close to the water's surface. Make sure the turtle can reach a depth where it may immerse itself if it so chooses, and keep it in an aquarium free of aggressive fish that can spook it while it sleeps.

Turtles use basking platforms to keep themselves warm and their shells dry, two essential functions of their behaviour. Turtles may escape the water and enjoy the warmth of a heat lamp or the sun by climbing onto a basking platform or finding a sunny spot within their tank. Get a basking platform that the turtle can stretch out on and that is well anchored so it will not topple over.

Turtles, whether resting or feeling threatened, may take sanctuary in submerged hiding places within their aquatic environment. Caves, hollow logs, or pieces of PVC tubing may all serve as suitable housing for turtles. Make sure the turtle can easily enter and leave these hiding places, and ensure they do not have any rough edges that may hurt it.

Plants in Water: African helmeted turtles may find a comfortable spot to rest among real or fake aquatic plants. To hide and stay safe, turtles often nestle among plant parts like leaves and stems. In addition to improving water quality via nutrient absorption and oxygen production, plants may contribute to a more realistic setting.

Even though African helmeted turtles spend most of their time in the water, they still need areas of land where they may back and relax. Turtles can dry up their shells and get out of the water whenever they choose by having a land space within their cage. Make sure your turtle has a safe and pleasant place to land by using a non-toxic substrate like sand, dirt, or reptile carpet.

Turtles may find solace in secluded areas of their natural environment, such as caves or rocks, where they may relax in peace. To make it more secure, you may add things like boulders, overturned flowerpots, or even fake caves. The turtle should be able to readily enter and leave these retreats, and they should be placed far from any heat sources to avoid overheating.

To keep African helmeted turtles active and interested, it is helpful to provide them with a range of resting spots and possibilities for environmental enrichment. To keep things interesting and inspire discovery, switch up the decorations and hiding places every so often.

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