So a "friend" of mine owns a turtle and there's something that I've been wondering. His tank has no basking area for the turtle to lay on. Is this stressful/detrimental to the turtle? Do they require a basking area to sleep or rest on? I'm asking 4chan because I do not trust his word
They need somewhere where they can come out of the water. And if he doesn't have that, he probably doesn't have a UVB bulb or heat lamp.
In short, your "friend" sounds like a typical turtle keeper.
You don't need to ask 4chan for thus stuff. Any care guide online is going to have that information.
Your friend is a dumb retarded shit who doesn't know fuck about anything and takes turtle knowledge at half-assed face value. Unless it's a soft shell turtle, it most definitely needs a basking area to dry off on, a heat lamp, and a UVB lamp. Tell that retard to either use Google and care for his pet or give it to somebody who will.
It is extremely detrimental to the turtle, and it will die like that.
Not quickly, of course. After months of years of slowly getting more and more deformed and eventually dying of metabolic bone disease.
Tell him not to wait. I knew better but kept em without a basking platform for a little too long once when I was younger.
They're dead now. Your friend's will be, too, if he doesn't quit acting like a retard. Tell him he needs to do it, and if he won't, let him learn the hard way.