Before purchasing a greek tortoise for sale, please review and familiarize yourself with greek tortoise care. There are a variety of greek tortoise species available in the captive bred tortoise market including golden greek tortoise for sale, ibera greek tortoise for sale, moroccan greek tortoise to name a few. Greek Tortoise / Golden Greek Tortoise / Spur-Thigh Tortoise
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 tortoise 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 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 tortoise and golden greek tortoise 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 hatchling for sale here.