Many people mistake tortoises for their close family: turtles. While turtles likely live in the water, tortoises are more of terrestrial. Are you interested in knowing how to raise a tortoise? In fact, tortoises also make great pets and are easy to care for.
While tortoises seem to be tame and make cute pets, some of them—giant tortoises—can actually grow so big to human’s height. But if you want to have normal-sized pet, you can try by purchasing a Russian tortoises which can grow to be about eight to ten inches. Redfoot tortoises are also popular. And though they move so slow and look rather weak, apparently tortoises can live up to 50 years.
If you are still confused about the difference between a turtle and a tortoise, this info might enlighten you.
Raise a Tortoise
For you to remember; when you are ready to raise a tortoise and about to purchase one, it’s better that you come to a reputable breeder than taking home one from a pet shop or reptile center. Store owners are more likely after your money, so they don’t really care about the tortoise you are buying. But if you can’t find any other than those local stores, take a tortoise that have smooth shell and is not lethargic. That, is usually a sign of healthy tortoises.
What to Feed a Tortoise
Most tortoises are herbivorous; but not all tortoises eat the same kind of food. For example, a Russian tortoise do not actually eat fruits and vegetables in the wild. Weeds and flowers, such as dandelions, are what they like best. So, it’s good to learn about what tortoise you’re caring for to know what food is best to feed. Or, you can also purchase tortoise food from the pet store.
A house for tortoise should be at least 6 by 6 feet with correct ventilation provided. Either giving your tortoise an indoor or an outdoor enclosure, make sure it is safe from other animals and has proper temperature. Also provide a water dish for your tortoise to get in and drink from it.
- Change the water in everyday for it has to be clean and safe for your tortoise to drink
- Handle your tortoise with care. Lift it from underneath its shell if you want to carry it, and do not squeeze or press down on it.
- A layer of sterilized soil that is deep enough for your tortoise to burrow is the best substrate you can give, no need to have bedding such as hay or straw.
- If you want to bathe your tortoise, you only have to soak it in water; and don’t pour water on it.
Are you interested in raising one?