There is more to reptiles than just lizards and snakes, the ever slow and steady tortoise is also included in the bunch. A tortoise is a great pet since they are pretty low-maintenance and are fascinating creatures if you consider the fact that their ancestors walked amongst the dinosaurs at one point. A tortoise can be a great pet and while they are low maintenance, they do still, require basic care. You can visit B.W.C.W. Tortoise Links Page more multiple articles regarding tortoises, we will however be focusing solely on the basics of taking care of a pet tortoise.
Tortoises require good accommodation to avoid stress and potential diseases. The most common species of tortoises that are pets are Mediterranean and Russian tortoises. Both these species require warm climate with adequate sunshine.
If you plan on keeping them in an outdoor enclosure, you need to keep it big enough for them to exercise or else they get stressed. The average size of both an indoor and outdoor enclosure should be 2 by 4 feet. The enclosure needs to have a combination of soft soil, rocks and leafy shaded areas. Wet soil leads to respiratory infections so that is always to be avoided.
If you are moving towards an indoor enclosure, it should also follow the same guidelines as the outdoor enclosure and should have a reptile light. This is to keep the tortoise adequately warmed up, over and under-heating affects their health vastly.
Tortoise diets consist of a variety of leafy vegetable and flowers. They are also fond of weeds like dandelions. They can also be fed grated carrots and cucumbers occasionally. Tortoise also require supplements like vitamin D3 and trace minerals which needs to be sprinkled over their food. Fresh water is also a necessity at all times.
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