Young turtles are at the greatest risk of drowning partially because they are not as strong as older turtles but also because they can more easily become trapped.

Proper design of your turtles habitat can eliminate almost all cases of drowning. Be sure that there are no loose object in the water that the turtle can become trapped under. Also, aquatic turtles still need a dry spot where they can get out of the water. If they do not have a place to rest they may become tired and be unable to swim. Lastly, ensure the water is not too deep, especially for juvenile turtles.

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