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Which Breed or Species of tortoise is the Most Hardy to keep as pets? Thanks.
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I'm in total agreement about thinking tortoises can thrive when taken out of their natural climates. Red Foots need humidity...very hard to maintian the high level of humidity for 3/4 of the PA year. Every Red Foot Guide/Book suggests the proper measurement of soils and sphagnum moss for substrate. I came to find out that living in the same soil, only breeds illness. When I was advised to take out the soil and replace it with newspaper, breathing became quiet almost immediately. Unless you are a millionaire, living in PA, pets aren't going to have the flowers and cactus that they eat in South America. Do people know there are differences between tropical and Southern Tortoises? People can keep just about anything alive, but it's foolhardy to take species out of their natural habitat and expect them to "bloom where they're planted". They're not dogs.
Detailed information, recommended products and care sheets for a number of different tortoise species that are commonly kept as pets.
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Knowing what type of turtle or tortoise you have will help you determine what type of housing your pet will need to keep it happy and healthy. Your pet's housing is also what provides its sense of security. Be sure to also check the page describing your particular turtle or tortoise for more in depth information on its specific needs.
Each turtle or tortoise has a specific type of environment that it needs. There are basically three habitat types: African Spurred Tortoise, More than 20 Years, Advanced
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Red-footed and yellow-footed tortoises are two of the better species to keep as pets. These tortoises are readily available at pet stores, have great temperaments, and remain relatively small. However, all tortoises require a large enclosure and need quality UV lighting and a nutritious diet including a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. You should also be aware that these tortoises can live for 25–60 years.
Turtles and tortoises can make great pets. They can be lots of fun to observe and interact with, but they also have specific feeding, housing, and general care requirements. The more time you devote to researching the needs of these reptiles, the easier it will be for you to determine whether they will make a good pet for you. Before purchasing a turtle or tortoise, make sure you understand exactly how to care for these reptiles.African spurred tortoises, also known as spur-thigh or Sulcata tortoises, are one of the tortoise species that are usually a poor choice to keep as pets. This species of tortoise is widely available at small sizes, but can grow to weigh over 100 pounds! Most tortoises do not make good pets for beginners, because they are very long-lived and many need large enclosures with carefully regulated heat and humidity.Turtles and tortoises often appeal even to those who would not dream of keeping – or allowing their children to keep – a snake or lizard. Their good reputation as pets is due in part to generally amiable natures and the degree of responsiveness they exhibit to people. But the needs of these interesting reptiles are not always well-understood by first-time owners, and choosing between turtles and tortoises, and among the individual species, can be a daunting task. Today we’ll look at what is involved in turtle and tortoise ownership, so that you can decide which would be best for your particular situation. As always, please post any specific care questions you may have below.Hermann tortoise is very popular among pet lovers and is most common tortoise species to keep as pets. One of the main reasons for that is, they are very fun loving and fascinating. They can easily mix with human and it is very easy to know about their habits. The owners can make a bond with them and figure out their likes and dislikes in a short span. They usually live up to 75 years of age on an average.There are three species of turtles and tortoises are commonly sold as pets, according to Pet Education. The first is the red-eared slider. These turtles spend a great deal of time in the water. While red-eared sliders are some of the easiest turtles to care for, they are also on the smaller side and should not be handled by young children. The second type of turtle is the box turtle. These are larger than red-eared sliders, but they have more specific care needs. They need more room to roam and often prefer to be outside in a pen. Russian tortoises are popular for their high, attractive shells and roaming habit. Like box turtles, they prefer to be kept outdoors.