Golden Greek Tortoise care
Golden Greek tortoises are the rarest as far as being able to find available and purchase. Baby Golden Greek tortoises for sale can also be the most expensive of all the greek tortoises. Depending on the subspecies of tortoise, most Greek tortoises are available from time to time. Forms such as the Ibera Greek tortoise for sale, and now the Golden Greek tortoise have produced well under captive conditions. Greek tortoise hatchlings for sale can be found here at tortoise town for most of the year.
Locating Ibera Greek tortoises is normally easier than finding the rare Golden Greek tortoise for sale.
Greek tortoise Keepers are strongly advised to refrain from buying captive bred Greek tortoises ONLY. Captive bred Greek tortoises are typically offered for sale in spring and late summer. As always, buy captive bred over wild caught as care is much easier and healthy tortoises are key.
Greek Tortoise for sale – Size
Golden Greeks are the smallest tortoise of the Greek tortoise family. Females reaching sizes of 8-9″ with males 4-5″ on average. Depending on the subspecies, Greek tortoises will grow to between 5 and 8 inches. Some examples of T. g. Ibera may attain 10 or 11 inches, but this is rare. Male Greek tortoises are usually smaller than females, but again, there are exceptions.
At hatching, most Greek tortoises are no more than an inch in length. They can grow rapidly when overfed and reports of them reaching 4 inches in less than two years is common, but not recommended. Being prepared to care for your new baby tortoise for sale for years to come is an important part of adopting a new Greek.
Golden Greek Tortoise Life Span
Testudo graeca subspecies are known to be some of the longest-lived of the greek tortoises for sale. Reports suggest well into the 100s. In the wild, many do not live past the age of 20 due to predation and other factors. When kept safe and under optimum conditions, Greek tortoises, when housed correctly, can thrive and can live to old age. Some Greeks have even outlived their keepers.
baby Greek tortoise for sale – Diet
Here at the farm, all of our baby Greek tortoise for sale basically eat the same diet. A diet that is high in calcium greens, and fresh veggies, is key. Using fresh Romaine, Collard greens, mustard greens, lettuces, spring mix is great. In addition, we feed squash, zucchini, endive, bell peppers and shredded carrots. In the winter more so than the summer, we also feed soaked and softened Mazuri tortoise chow. Mazuri is great as a supplement to winters where the tortoises may not get enough vitamin D3 from sunlight exposure. Exposing our baby greek tortoise for sale here at tortoise town to proper UVB is important to us.
In the summer months, our baby Greek tortoises for sale get outdoor sun exposure. In the winter time, we supplement vitamin d3 and sunlight with 12% arcadia UVB lights. These lights do not replace the sun but they are a close second. Just incase, we feed more Mazuri in the winter than the summer. Mazuri is high in D3 and therefore can supplement lack of UVB exposure for any baby Greek tortoise for sale, here at the tortoise farm.
Golden Greek tortoise for sale – Supplements
Supplements twice a week should be sprinkled on the food. Here at the farm, we use a powdered calcium with vitamin D3 (reptocal sold here) as well as a reptivite multi-vitamin and mineral supplement we sprinkle on our food twice weekly. A 50/50 mixture works best to provide ample vitamins to your new baby Greek tortoise for sale.
Baby Golden Greek Tortoise for sale and UVB Lighting
As mentioned above, exposing our baby greek tortoise for sale here at tortoise town to proper UVB is important to us. using T5 HO UVB Lamps is best. We recommend using either reptisun 10% or if you want a better light, Arcadia 12% lamps. Both available here at our reptile lighting section at the best prices! In the summer months, our baby Greek tortoises for sale get outdoor sun exposure. In the winter time, we supplement vitamin d3 and sunlight with 12% arcadia UVB lights. These lights do not replace the sun but they are a close second. Just incase, we feed more Mazuri in the winter than the summer. Mazuri is high in D3 and therefore can supplement lack of UVB exposure for any baby Greek tortoise for sale, here at the tortoise farm.
Golden Greek tortoises for sale – temperature
Greek tortoises enjoy warm temps year round, and Golden greeks prefer not to hibernate like their Ibera cousins. Golden greeks will require warmer year round temps, not to dip below 60 in the evenings. A baby Golden greek for sale can be kept around 84-86 degrees ambient for the first year of life. As they mature, giving hot and cold spots for thermoregulation is more important. Provide your adult greek tortoise for sale the opportunity to cool off as low as 70 and to warm up with a hot spot as warm as 93 degrees.
Golden Greek tortoise for sale – Humidity
Humidity is important with all species of baby tortoise for sale, and the baby Golden greek tortoise is no exception. Here at the farm, we keep our golden greek tortoise humidity around 75% for babies and 55-60% for adult Greek tortoise for sale.
Golden Greek Tortoise Habitat
Housing Golden Greek tortoises outdoors in a naturalistic pen is always best. During the warmer part of the year, they can be kept in spacious enclosures that are well planted with edible vegetation and receive plenty of time in natural, full sun. When under 24 months of age, we recommend keeping in a closed container with high humidity and lower air movement. Baby Golden Greeks can get dehydrated quickly, so keeping it humid is a big deal.
For juveniles and adults kept Indoors, the construction of a “tortoise table” will fit your Greek tortoises perfectly. A 3-by-6-foot unit made of plywood will suffice for a single adult and up a group of 1 male and 3 females. Using Wood is always recommended over plastic or glass so that the tortoises cannot see through their enclosure’s walls. It is important that the tortoise cannot see thru the habitat wall, so as not to stress them.