Penn-Plax Turtle Topper Above Tank Basking Platform, 14-in

By Penn-Plax
Rated 4.236 out of 5 stars
$55.46Chewy Price
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About This Item


  • Provides a unique spot for turtles to bask on top of their tank
  • Because the Turtle Topper sits on top, you can fill the tank completely so your turtle can enjoy swimming throughout the entire tank
  • Made to support the weight of multiple or larger turtles without sinking, which helps keep them dry as they bask
  • Two mounting rims are included to attach clamp lamps for optimal basking
  • Fits most tanks up to 55 gallons

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Questions & Answers

24 Customer Questions

Anyone have this ? How do you keep your tank covered as well as having this ?
Answer by ChewyDec 14, 2017
From customer reviews a lot of customers leave the other side open, the turtle won't be able to jump out unless there are other items closed to the sides for leverage.

Is there any way I can make it easier for my turtle to get onto the platform? I have a 1 year old yellow bellied slider and he’s tried to get onto the platform multiple times but it seems to be too steep for him.
Answer by ChewyJun 14, 2018
Based off reviews from other customers, they have tried turtle safe grip and shelf liners on the ramp and it made a huge difference.

What heat lamp and bulb is recommended for this?
Answer by ChewyMar 05, 2018
The Turtle Topper is designed to be used with two (2) 5.5" clamp lamp fixtures (not included). A good general guideline is to use a 75 watt basking/heat bulb in one (1) fixture and a 5.0 compact UVB bulb in the other fixture. Always research the specific requirements of your turtle.

Is the topper for tanks 14 inches across? I saw the 17.5 inches in the description but I didn’t know which direction that was.
Answer by ChewyMay 18, 2020
The way the Turtle Topper fits on the tank, it is 17.5 inches left to right and 14 inches front to back. For it to fit on a tank, the tank must not be more than 13 inches from the front wall to the back wall.

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Rated 4.236 out of 5 stars
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161 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Janice on Oct 19, 2023

Love this Item!

My map turtle had no problem getting up the ramp and she is quite large. This gives her more room to swim which she loves.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Maya on May 24, 2023

Bigger than expected

Definitely read the dimensions instead of going off pictures. I’m very satisfied with my purchase. Planning on getting a bigger tank soon. This item will fit in it much better than the little tank I have now. Difficult to assemble. Pieces didn’t seem to want to go together. Managed to push them in though

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on Jul 23, 2023

My turtle absolutely loves her topper She doesn’t have any issues climbing up in as long as the water level is kinda high!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Scoops on Mar 26, 2023

Fit snug but works great

I have 3 red eared aquatic turtles and the smallest one had no issues climbing in to sun bathe, but my other 2 larger turtles had some issues. So I had to adjust the platform and put ducktape on the plank for grip. They love it. It is large enough for both my 9 inch long turtles & my 5.5 inch long turtle to bask together.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By bigturtle on Jan 11, 2023

my turtle loves it

I got this after I realized all the stair rocks and rocks that stick to the glass and float couldn’t do much for my turtle anymore I decided I needed a better solution for times he wasn’t in the water. This was the best decision I made but I think the only thing to watch out for is you have to fill your tank practically to the top with water and as well as some filters can only go so high, my filter just makes it to the top of the water for filtering, and I do worry about my turtle trying to climb out his tank from the open water so I had to make a makeshift lid situation because he’s hopped out the tank before and had pushed off any makeshift lid that was too light. Also feel the water just barely hits the ladder/steps but my turtle seemed to struggle with at first but he seems to have gotten the hang of it but when he goes to go back in the water it’s almost like a slide that he throws himself on, though he doesn’t get hurt or anything just you hear when he climbs in and slides out to the water. Other than the small issues, I think it’s an amazing product and definitely opens your tank to have more swim space for your turtle, while providing a perfect space for them out of water!