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Golden Greek Tortoise for sale –
Golden Greek tortoises (Testudo graeca ssp.) are a fairly recent addition to herpetoculture. Before they entered the U.S. reptile market in significant numbers, the typical Greek tortoise available from importers was heavily patterned, and it often had a dark shell and skin. These varied considerably in size, 4 to 8 inches in straight line plastron length, and to a lesser degree in shell shape depending on the country of origin. But to the average tortoise keeper, the various Middle Eastern races of Greek tortoises were otherwise all rather similar looking.
Ibera Greek Tortoise for sale
Testudo Graeca is the more common of the main 3 greek tortoises for sale.
Testudo graeca is the most common species of greek tortoise.
Native to: Southern Spain, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe and Middle East
Size: Adult carapace size is 6 – 7 inches. Hatchlings average 1½ – 2 inches.
Life span: Estimated to be over 50 years with proper care. It is imperative that you choose a reputable golden greek tortoise breeder that has a healthy baby golden greek tortoise for sale.
General appearance: The coloration of the baby golden greek tortoise is highly variable and can range from olive with dark spots in the middle of each scute on the carapace to a “golden” form which is almost entirely yellow in appearance.
Greek Tortoises for sale can be an Indoor Tortoise
Golden Greek tortoises for sale require slightly different housing and care conditions than the more common Greek tortoises. They come from hot, dry regions and do not tolerate high humidity or cool temperatures well. Also, constant exposure to morning dew on the grass can lead to plastron shell-rot issues.
In most regions of the U.S. they require indoor housing. At the very least, most must be brought indoors at night year round and maintained indoors continually during the cooler months.
Greek tortoises for sale Housing requirements: Enclosure: The best enclosure for tortoises is an open “turtle table” of approximately 4 feet long by 2 feet wide by 1 to 2 feet deep for an adult Greek Tortoise though the bigger the better. Often preformed plastic garden ponds can be easily converted for this task. Aquariums are not recommended for tortoises as they do not allow proper air circulation. Very large screen enclosures such as a “Reptarium” may also be adequate.
Greek Tortoise Diet
Strictly herbivores, golden Greeks generally won’t seek out or consume animal-derived proteins. The ideal diet consists of edible weeds, such as dandelion and plantains, and live grasses, such as Bermuda and Timothy. If you’re restricted to foods available from the local grocery store, a daily offering of dampened mixed leafy greens, such as endive, bok choy, romaine and various loose-leaf-type lettuces, make a good base diet. Opuntia cactus pads, fruit, raw shredded squash and chopped peppers are excellent additions
Greek tortoise proper temperature: A temperature gradient of 78° – 88° F should be provided with a basking area of 95-99° F. Nighttime temperatures can be allowed to drop to 78° F Heat/Light: Temperatures can be maintained by using incandescent basking bulbs, infrared heat bulbs or ceramic emitters. As with most species of tortoises UVA and UVB light sources need to be provided. This can be achieved with specialized fluorescent bulbs. Many have had great success with newer mercury vapor bulbs which provide both heat and UVA and UVB light in one bulb that fits into a standard incandescent fixture. UVB 10.0 or 10% bulbs are recommended and depending on wattage should be placed anywhere from 12 to 24 inches from the substrate. Higher percentage UVB can be used but must be placed even further from top of shell / substrate. After receiving your greek tortoise for sale, it is essential to understand proper light, heat, and feeding requirements.
Proper greek tortoises for sale and golden greek tortoise for sale substrate: A variety of substrates can be used for your new pet greek tortoise for sale. We recommend terrarium moss be used for baby greek tortoises and greek tortoises under 8 months of age to create a humid hide which also is heated in the evenings so that your tortoise can get the hydration it needs for proper shell growth and overall development. Environment: This is a terrestrial species which prefers a reasonably dry climate once grown. A suitable place to hide should also be provided. Such hiding places can be constructed from rocks or using half logs, available here. Diet: The greek tortoise is strictly herbivorous. They require a high fiber, low protein and calcium rich diet. Dark leafy greens such as kale, dandelion, mustard, collard and turnip greens should be fed regularly, and spring mix can be fed up to 3-4 days per week. Natural grasses and hays can also be provided. High protein foods such as commercially prepared dog and cat food and beans should be avoided at all costs since this will eventually cause renal failure due to the excessive protein. Fruits should be avoided. The calcium supplement, the turtle bone of the cuttle fish bone can also be used and is available here. Also as an alternative a light dusting of a calcium supplement can be added to the greens twice a week. Fresh water should be offered at all times in a shallow dish. Your tortoise will also appreciate a 10-minute soak in a shallow bath water to ensure proper hydration. Think the golden greek tortoise is the right baby tortoise for you? Buy golden greek tortoise hatchlings for sale here. If you are considering a small tortoise for sale, also consider the Hermann’s tortoise. They are some of our favorite small tortoises for sale, or as some would say “tiny tortoise for sale“.
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