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🐢 Meet Leo, the charismatic African Sideneck Turtle, with a heart as big as his shell! 🌟


Leo's journey to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue started on 4/6/24, when he made quite the splash at our Exotic Pet Surrender Event in Prescott. His former owner, caught up in the whirlwind of a new job, realized they couldn't give Leo the attention he deserves. But fear not, for Leo is ready to swim into the hearts of a forever family!

This dashing reptile comes with his own set of needs, but nothing a loving turtle enthusiast can't handle! Leo's care guide includes tips to keep him thriving:

🌡️ Temperature: Leo loves his basking spot to be toasty warm, around 90–95°F, with the overall ambient temperature at a cozy 80°F. He likes his water warmer than a tepid bath but not too hot, aiming for under 85°F.

💡 Light: Our Leo is a sun-worshipper! He needs his UVB lighting for about 12 hours each day to keep his calcium levels in check and maintain a natural day-night rhythm. A little light goes a long way in keeping Leo happy!

🌿 Substrate: Leo's home sweet home should be lined with materials that remind him of his natural habitat. Think live or artificial plants, driftwood, or fine-particle aquatic substrate. It's like creating a tropical vacation right in your living room!

🍽️ Food: Leo is quite the gourmet! He enjoys a balanced diet of pelleted turtle food, crickets, mealworms, and a variety of leafy greens. From romaine to turnip greens, Leo's palate is as diverse as his personality!


If you're ready to welcome Leo into your home, you're not just getting a pet; you're gaining a shelled companion for life! Drop us a message if you're ready to embark on this aquatic adventure with Leo. Let's find him the forever family he deserves! 🏡💚


#LeoTheTurtle #FindLeoAHome #ForeverFamilyWanted 🐢

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