Giant Aldabra tortoises are one of the longest living animal on planet earth. These modern day dinosaurs can live over 200 years. There is currently a 200 year old Aldabra alive today. Aldabra tortoises grow quickly and can reach 200 pounds before their 15th birthday if fed properly. When buying an Aldabra tortoise consider leaving he or she to your son or daughter to care for once you are too old to do so. These tortoises are often left from generation to generation as family pets. The Average lifespan of an Aldabra tortoise is 125-150 years.
Aldabra Tortoise Care – Aldabra Tortoise Housing:
The minimum recommended space is 5 X 5 feet or 25 square feet of floor space for a single 8 inch animal. When considering Aldabra tortoise care, consider your substrate as well. Using a suitable substrate like Hay, aspen bedding, sand or dirt. Here at tortoise town, we use a mixture of potting soil, potting mix, cypress mulch, hay, and dried weeds. A warm retreat should be provided in colder climates.
A shallow water dish such as a 12 inch diameter glazed plant saucer should be provided making sure to clean and fill the dish daily. Most imporantly, offering outdoor enclosure is highly recommended when conditions allow this. The above dimensions apply but the more space that can be provided the better.
Aldabra Tortoise Habitat
Aldabra tortoises seem to tolerate a large range of conditions but a warm stable environment is recommended. Baby and adult Aldabra tortoise care includes paying attention to Aldabra tortoise habitat temperatures. Also noteworthy, the Aldabra giant tortoises for sale should have a hot spot of at least 100F. Secondly, provide yoru new pet Aldabra giant tortoise and a cool section of no less than 75F. Their heated hide box should be at least 80F.
You can attain this by fixing a heat emitter to the ceiling of the hide box. The wattage of the heat source is going to be determined by the insulation of the hide box and the surrounding temperature. A UV source is a must if you cannot provide daily exposure to natural sunlight. For this a self-ballasted mercury vapor lamp is recommended.
Aldabra Tortoise Lighting
A popular example of this is the Active UV Heat lamp, which is now distributed by several dealers with T-Rex being one of them. Humidity can be provided by moistening the substrate of the hide box but does not seem to be necessary. It is presently suspected that a humid microhabitat is beneficial in good shell development. Aldabras like to soak So, if possible, try to provide a ‘mud hole’ in its outdoor enclosure.
Feeding: Aldabra tortoise are grazers for the most part but seem to be opportunistic when the situation arises. In a word… these guys are pigs and will eat anything. Secondly, this particular group is fed mainly grasses and broadleaf weeds (read: lawn clippings when the lawn is mowed) in addition to grocery greens including Romaine, Escarole, Endive, Green leaf, Red leaf, Kale, Collard greens. Also, when these are fed, it is in a ratio of 2 to 1 (lettuces to the other stuff). Lastly, the greens are fed every 2 to 3 days.
Aldabra tortoises like fruit, but feed it sparingly
Fruits such as Apple, Pear, Strawberries, Kiwi, Mango and occasionally mellon are fed as a treat. Keep in mind to not feed too much concern is given to feeding the Apples and Berries and such. Secondly, the high moisture content foods are fed with caution. Also, on the days in between, Mazuri tortoise diet is fed. (It can be found at any feed store or can be ordered directly from Purina) Mice are fed on an occasional basis. (once a month or so in the form of prekilled mice)(It is not recommended that you watch or do this around kids). If you are interested in a different species of baby tortoise for sale, or adult tortoise for sale, check out all of our tortoises for sale here.
Vitamins in the form of crushed tablets of Centrum is added every 2 or 3 weeks. Calcium carbonate is added at every feeding. Cuttlebone is available at all times.
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