How to determine the age of the turtle?
In modern homes and apartments you can find a variety of pets. Often, as such, you can find not a fluffy cat or a faithful dog, but more exotic animals - a land Central Asian or aquatic red-eared turtle.
When a pet appears in a family, its age is naturally interested. There is no one hundred percent way to determine the age of a turtle. There are several ways in which age can be determined quite accurately.
Determination of age by the number of rings on the shell
Wanting to figure out how to determine the age of the land turtle, first of all you should look at its shell. The rings on the tortoise shell appear at an early age, when she is not yet one year old. During this period, the most active growth occurs, and for the year 2-3 rings grow on each scale of the shell. In the future, growth slows down and, on average, one ring grows over the year.True, the number of rings is influenced by a number of factors, such as the conditions of the reptile or the number of periods of hibernation. To more accurately determine the age, you can count the rings on several scales of the shell and then derive the arithmetic average.