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Desert tortoises have been kept as pets in Arizona for many decades. It is not surprising that so manypeople find this endearing desert denizen so appealing. Tortoises are highlypersonable and often appear to interact with people and other animals aroundthem. Unfortunately, these positive qualities have become yet another threatto its existence, especially near rapidly-growing urban areas.
As Harmann tortoise are naturally passive towards human, they can be very good as pets, especially for children.
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Funny, I don't really think most of these are reasons not to own one, just things to look out for. My mother somehow managed to keep a box turtle alive for many years feeding him nothing but lettuce, and his "enclosure" was a laundry basket. If that is what one sees as "proper care" then they shouldn't own a turtle or tortoise. But if you make the commitment, do your homework, and are vigilant, they really aren't hard pets to keep. My redfoot is a happy, healthy, feisty little bugger. He is my first tortoise, so it's been a little bit of trial and error, but they are a hardy species. People simply need to do their research BEFORE they get one as a pet, so they don't find themselves in over their heads. However, I would say the same about owning ANY animal, even a cat or dog if you've never had one before. A tortoise beat a rabbit in a skiing competition held for pets and their owners in China, a report said on Tuesday.
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"For a tortoise Wasabi’s size, drywall is simply a suggestion," Chicarella says. One of her pet's favorite pastimes is moving the furniture around. "She’s always into something," she says."She’ll push the ottoman around all day." Wasabi has broken several kitchen chairs, which Chicarella sometimes discoversby sitting on them.If pets are to be bought from a pet shop, check the reputation and the atmosphere of the shop first. A diet of pet shop food may not be the best diet for a Russian Tortoise, so it is also a good idea to find out what these animals are being fed. A big problem with turtles and tortoises is that the most common species in the pet trade are not necessarily the most suitable pets. Chicarella says that while for her, Wasabi is worth it, she recommends that no one get an African spur-thigh. "For the record, they’re terrible, terrible pets," she says. "I enjoy her, but it’s an amazing amount of work. They’re not for the faint of heart."As with all popular pets, the California desert tortoise often finds itself without a home, due in large part to its longevity. It’s illegal to release captive-bred tortoises into the wild because of a tortoise-specific upper respiratory disease that began spreading through wild populations in the 1980s after captive infected tortoises were released into the wild. The disease decimated the .Although a variety of common pet lizards, snakes and turtles are often in need of rescue, one particular U.S. tortoise often finds itself in harm’s way. The California desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) breeds easily in captivity, and what once was a small population of pets taken from the desert (which is illegal, as this species is endangered in the wild) has grown to a large number of domesticated animals.Many keepers prefer to "store" their pets in the garage. The tortoise is placed in a stout cardboard box, that is deep enough that it cannot climb out, and is covered with insulating layers of newspaper. The box is placed up off the cement floor in an area free from drafts or rats. If the box is placed in your garage, remember not to run automobile engines because of the risk of poisoning from the fumes. A cool closet is also a safe place for hibernation. Many keepers now prefer a "box-in-box" method, where the inner box is large enough for the tortoise to turn around in which is placed in a larger box 3-5 inches larger with insulating layers of newspapers below and around the inner box. This insulation layer helps maintain more stable temps and is very helpful is utilizing a garage or area that is subject to temperature swings. Utilize a minimum/maximum thermometer and strive to maintain temps at 42 to 55°F; do not keep in an area where temps will stay at 60 to 65°F and above for extended periods of time as it can cause increased metabolism, resulting in excessive water/weight loss and possible illness, even death. Use a minimum/maximum thermometer "weather station/remote sensor" to monitor temps inside AND outside of the box to monitor temps in your chosen location, striving for stability.