As with all animals, turtles have specific dietary and environmental needs that have to be fulfilled. Without these requirements, your pet will have health problems that ultimately lead to disease and death. Turtle/tortoise husbandry is not widely appreciated,and there are books, magazines, and even some pet stores that can give turtle owners insufficient or even incorrect information regarding their care. Listed below is a summary of facts that all turtle owners should know and include in their pet’s care regimen. Note: there are numerous species of terrestrial turtle that are kept in captivity, and each may have its own special requirements and “normal” values. This writing focuses on generalized principles.
Care and information for the leopard tortoise of Africa
This is a small species. Adult females are 8-10". Males 6-8". With proper care they should out live their owners. There is allot of conflicting information about the Russian Tortoise. I feel that this is due in part to the fact that they are very adaptable. This allows them to survive in many conditions.
However the goal is to provide them with optimal environments. This is somewhat limited in captivity. The following should help.
Red-footed Tortoise Care & Information - Cascade Kennels
Most people start off with young tortoises purchased from breeders and pet stores. Young tortoises are often kept indoors for the first few years to minimize risks of escape or harm from cats, birds, and dogs. There are some important things that need to be done to keep your tortoise healthy while housed indoors. The following information will help in providing proper care for young tortoises until they are big enough to do well outside.
Sulcata Tortoise Care Information - Tortuga Villa
Tortoises, a website dedicated to providing the latest, most accurate information available on the proper care of my shelled friends, - Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) - often referredto as Mojave Desert Tortoises, Sonoran Desert Tortoises and California Desert Tortoises.The Care Sheet link to the left is the one that is currently used by the Kern County Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club (CTTC). The Plants and Foods is the current dietaryinformation we also hand out in Bakersfield, Ca. with rescued torts via our adoption program.