4. Dirty Water
You can’t blame your pet for wanting to soak in its water bowl. After all, you do the same thing when you take a relaxing bath. But reptiles also tend to defecate in their water bowls, which can quickly lead to unsanitary conditions—as well as your pet not drinking as much water as it should, Dr. Starkey says. (Hey, you try guzzling down poop water!)
So you should regularly provide your pet with fresh, clean H2O—especially if you have a turtle. “Turtles spend most of their time immersed in water,” says Dr. Starkey. Make sure you read the manual that came with your tank: “It’s critical to use the right filtration system, to change the filters frequently, and clean the tank thoroughly as needed,” he says.