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Baby Greek Tortoise Care

Baby greek tortoise care is very important.

Greek tortoises are going to primarily live off of plant food. Tortoises are herbivorous animals and shouldn’t be given animal products. However, giving Greek tortoises cuttlebone to gnaw on will help them get the calcium that they need in order to keep themselves healthy and strong. Giving almost any animal a variety of foods is a good idea, since different plants are going to vary in terms of the chemicals and nutrients that they contain. However, Greek tortoises only consume a fairly narrow range of foods, so that variety must be found within a relatively narrow category.

Food

Many pet owners will order dried, organic herbs for their Greek tortoises. Tortoises tend to have a very low tolerance for pesticides, so it’s important to make sure they eat herbs and weeds that have not been contaminated. Many outdoor weeds, including clover, thistle, and dandelions, can also work as great food sources for Greek tortoises if they weren’t treated with pesticides at any point. Some pet owners will supplement the diets of their tortoises with collard greens and turnip greens as well. There are brands of commercial processed food for tortoises that will work, but ideally, Greek tortoises should be given natural plant food.

Housing

Many pet owners are going to want to keep their Greek tortoises indoors, but Greek tortoises should ideally be housed outside. Keeping animals like cats outdoors is actively harmful, but Greek tortoises kept in safe outdoor enclosures will be at their happiest and healthiest. Tortoises also need to have adequate lighting in order to maintain their health, and setting up adequate light sources can be somewhat challenging for pet owners that are working on indoor enclosures. However, there are still plenty of pet owners that have managed to raise healthy, happy Greek tortoises indoors, and outdoor enclosures may not be on the table for everyone.

A pen that is six feet long and three feet wide will usually suffice for the majority of Greek tortoises that are kept indoors or outdoors, although a bigger enclosure will still be better. Greek tortoises can thrive with a range of different substrates. Cypress mulch will work for them, as will a combination of play sand and topsoil. Aspen shavings can also serve as effective substrates. The main thing is to avoid pine bedding or anything containing cedar ingredients, which will only prove to be damaging to Greek tortoises.

Temperature

Greek tortoises thrive in temperatures of between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. People that live in certain outdoor climates shouldn’t have a problem keeping their tortoises healthy if they keep them outdoors. Otherwise, a properly placed heat lamp will do the trick for a pet owner that’s relying on an indoor enclosure. Indoor enclosures should be kept warmer at one end and cooler at another, which will give the Greek tortoise an appealing mix of temperatures and a place to cool off if necessary. Maintaining exact temperatures can always be challenging, but as long as the temperatures are kept around this range and within these parameters, the Greek tortoises should be fine.

baby greek tortoise care

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There are many species of terrapins for sale. The most popular being the Diamond Back Terrapin for sale. We specialize in both land tortoises for sale as well as turtles for sale, including a large selection of captive bred aquatic turtles for sale.

The first two subspecies, starting on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and continuing to northern Florida, are the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, and the Carolina Diamond back Terrapin. As you look at the subspecies descriptions found here or in other reference material, and compare them to terrapins found along that range, you may become perplexed. Why? The terrapin in your hand may often seem to be a mix of both descriptions. There’s a reason for that!

Bob Palmatier

Extra Information: Diamondback Terrapins – The Seven Subspecies

As one surveys Diamondback Terrapins south along the Atlantic Coast starting at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, there begin to be subtle, then more pronounced differences in the morphology of the terrapins. In any population of diamondbacks, however, there is a great deal of variety in shell and skin color, and in the type of speckling on their skins. The latter variations are par for the course among terrapins, but the subspecies differences are more pronounced.

Diamondback Terrapin Range Map

The first two subspecies, starting on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and continuing to northern Florida, are the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, and the Carolina Diamondback Terrapin. As you look at the subspecies descriptions found here or in other reference material, and compare them to terrapins found along that range, you may become perplexed. Why? The terrapin in your hand may often seem to be a mix of both descriptions. There’s a reason for that!

Mixing Things Up!

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Diamondback Terrapins were collected from various points along the Mid-Atlantic Coast as well as Texas and transported to seafood markets in the Northeastern states to supply affluent homes and restaurants when terrapin soup was a high priced gourmet dish.

Also during the early 1900’s, terrapins from these same areas were transported to research stations funded by the US Bureau of Fisheries in NC and MD. The purpose of the research was to see if terrapins could effectively be farm-raised for food.

Concrete Terrapin pens still visible at Old Research Station, Beaufort, NC

Historical accounts and recent genetic studies indicate that uncertain numbers of the transported subspecies escaped or were randomly released into Atlantic coast terrapin populations.

Furthermore, when the Beaufort, NC research station was closed in 1948, nearly 250,000 hybrid terrapins were released into the salt marshes of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia.

It is not uncommon, then, to find individual terrapins in Mid-Atlantic coast populations north of Florida that have characteristics of the Texas subspecies. Northern Diamondback Terrapins are often found with characteristics of The Carolina Terrapin, and vice versa.

Furthermore, a small population of Diamondback Terrapins has been studied on the island of Bermuda. This population appears from genetic studies to have been colonized by means of the Gulf Stream by terrapins from the Carolinas at least as far back as the 1600’s.terrapins for sale

The Northern Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin), ranges from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras, NC. The medial keel is ridged but w/o knobs. The sides of the shell should be slightly wider at the back than at front. The color of shell is variable from one turtle to another, from black to light brown. The carapace will have distinct concentric rings. The color of the head, neck and legs is variable from white to gray with black dots or flecks. Plastron colors will range from orange to greenish gray

The Florida East Coast Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin tequesta), ranges from northern Florida southward along the Atlantic coast to the Keys. The medial keel has knobs facing backwards. The scales of the carapace can be a bit lighter in their center surrounded by dark or tan. On the other hand, the carapace of the male tequesta in the first photograph is entirely black. The skin color of the head and legs will be white or gray with small black dots and flecks. The color of the plastron ranges from yellow to orange.

The Ornate Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota), ranges from Florida Bay north along Florida’s Gulf Coast and west along the Florida Panhandle. The medial keel often has bulbous knobs. The scales of the dark carapace have orange or yellow centers. Carapaces of some individuals can be entirely black. The skin color of the head and legs is most often white to light gray with black spots. When white a pinkish tinge shows through. The color of the plastron ranges from yellow to orange.

The Texas Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis), ranges from western Louisiana to Corpus Christi, Texas. The medial keel has terminal knobs. The carapace is dark brown to black, often with concentric grooving. The skin color of the head is white to medium gray with small to medium black spots. Skin coloring on legs ranges from gray with dark spots to entirely black. Texas terrapins can be quite a bit larger than other subspecies. This explains their export to NE markets and to the Beaufort, NC research lab in the early 1900’s.

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Pink Belly Side Necked Turtle Habitat

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A single pink-bellied side-necked turtle hatchling, at about 4 inches long, needs a 20-gallon aquarium at a minimum. The species does well in groups, provided the size of the enclosure is increased by at least 10 percent for each additional turtle. As the hatchling grows, its area should be increased by 10 gallons for each inch it grows. Adults reach lengths of 8 to 9 inches. If the water isn’t constantly flowing, the turtle benefits from a filtration system to keep its water clean between changing. River sand at the floor of the enclosure mimics the turtle’s natural habitat. Rocks, greenery, cork bark, and partially-submerged logs or other ramps enable the turtle to leave the water when it wants to bask.

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The pink-bellied side-necked turtle (Emydura subglobosa) is a recent introduction to the North American turtle keeping hobby. Its shell ranges in color from beige to chestnut brown or slate gray. The plastron can be white, pink or, in the case of especially prized specimens, bright red/orange. The skin is typically various shades of gray, with some red markings. As pink-bellied side-necks grow, their skin develops additional random red/orange markings.

Remember when searching for any tortoises for sale, including a new baby tortoise for sale, tortoise town is your source for the best tortoise for sale , baby tortoises for sale , baby turtles for sale, and adult turtles for sale of any turtle store anywhere.  If you are interested in tortoise care, please visit our care section.

African Sulcata tortoise lifespan

The lifespan of an African spurred tortoise is about 50150 years, though they can live much longer. (The oldest in captivity is 54 years, located in the Giza Zoological Gardens, Egypt, 1986.)

Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone [Centrochelys] Sulcata)

The most popular pet tortoises in the world are probably the sulcata tortoises of north central Africa. African Sulcata tortoises are sometimes referred to as African spurred tortoise for sale, African spur thigh, and just spurred tortoises for sale. As recently as a few decades ago baby sulcata tortoises for sale were rare in the United States, but they have shown an amazing ability to adapt to various climates and habitats in captivity, and their low cost combined with a curious personality make them tortoises that are commonly sought after by first-time pet tortoise owners. Featured below is a rare albino sulcata tortoiseAlbino sulcata tortoises for sale are available here.albino sulcata tortoises for sale

We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale online here at Tortoise Town! We have regular sulcata tortoise for sale, ivory sulcata tortoise, even sometimes we have albino sulcata tortoises in stock!  Buy your baby sulcata tortoise from the best captive bred sulcata tortoise breeders anywhere!  We have over 26 species of tortoise for sale including 100% captive bred baby tortoises for sale and the largest selection of aquatic turtles for saleanywhere as well!

sulcata tortoise for saleHatchling sulcata tortoise care information.  This information will help understand proper baby suclata tortoise care.  Before buying your new baby sulcata tortoise or any sulcata tortoise for sale, please research proper care!

Indoor Baby suclata tortoise Housing: The bigger the better. Got room for a 4×8′ tortoise table? Great! Sweater boxes and Christmas tree storage bins work great. Contrary to the popular trend right now, I actually PREFER glass tanks for all the reasons people say they are bad. “They are too tall and restrict airflow.” Great! More humidity. “The tall sides hold in too much heat.” Great! I can use a lower wattage bulb and my tortoise will stay warmer for less $. You should tape something opaque to the glass, if they constantly rub their nose on it or try to walk through it. I have never had to do this. I like them being able to see me, and me them. You can also use horse watering troughs, cement mixing tubs or large reptile tubs. I generally prefer something waterproof because babies need high humidity and moisture. Wood does not hold up well when its wet all the time and must be sealed somehow.

baby sulcata tortoise care – tortoise Substrate: Coco coir. Cypress mulch. Orchid bark. Plain, additive free, soil. Sphagnum peat moss. Pick one or any combination. I recommend you do NOT use any sand, wood shavings, corn cob bedding, walnut shell bedding, alfalfa or grass pellets, newspaper bedding, any type of hay or any other new fad bedding that comes along. Keep your substrate damp to increase the humidity in the enclosure. If you can keep your humidity around 80% at tortoise level, you’ll have a healthy, well hydrated, pyramid free, happy tortoise. Sometimes I cover part of the top of the enclosure to hold in humidity which is all great.

We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale online here at Tortoise Town! We have regular sulcata tortoise for sale, ivory sulcata tortoise, even sometimes we have albino sulcata tortoises in stock!  Buy your baby sulcata tortoise from the best captive bred sulcata tortoise breeders anywhere!  We have over 26 species of tortoise for sale including 100% captive bred baby tortoises for sale and the largest selection of aquatic turtles for saleanywhere as well!

Baby sulcata tortoise care – Humid hide boxes: Use at least one. These will help prevent dehydration and pyramiding and simulate the humid burrows that they would have in the wild, to a degree. I like to use plastic shoe boxes for these and semi-bury them in the substrate. I use a Dremel tool to cut out the right size door hole and a quarter inch drill bit to make a couple of ventilation holes on opposing sides. If they don’t use them on their own, I try to “train” them to use them by putting them in the boxes after lights out.

Sulcata Habitat construction

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.

A glass aquarium, plastic tub or trough, or other enclosures are often used to house young tortoises indoors. Substrates that can be used include aspen pellets, alfalfa pellets, or dirt. They live on dirt in the wild and can live on dirt inside. Make sure dirt used is from areas without pesticides or other contaminants than can be harmful to your tortoise. The enclosure needs to be as large as possible to provide areas to walk around and explore.

A hiding area needs to be provided. I recommend using hollowed out wood logs. Shell pyramiding is a common problem in growing tortoises. Recent research show this condition has less to do with the diet and is much more associated with humidity in their environment. Indoor tortoise enclosures are often very dry due to the dry air in most homes along with heat lamps on the cage. In the wild tortoises spend much time in burrows underground where humidity levels are much higher. Humidity problems can often be resolved by soaking the wooden hide log in water 1-2 times a week. The evaporation will increase humidity in the hiding area and decrease chances of shell pyramiding.

Growing tortoises need direct access to UV lighting to properly grow and develop. There are several ways of providing UV lighting for reptiles. Be sure to purchase lighting specific for reptiles, UV lights for fish or plants will not be sufficient. One type of light is a fluorescent bulb. These come as a long tube 18-48 inches long or in a small coil that screws into standard light sockets. Growing tortoises need to have direct access to this lighting and it needs to be no further than 24 inches away from the floor of the cage. Fluorescent bulbs provide little heat. So, an additional heat lamp is usually also needed.  The second type of lighting is heat plus UV lighting together in the same bulb (Zoomed Powersun). These bulbs provide better UV lighting for a longer duration. Any glass or plastic between the bulb and tortoise will block out the beneficial UV rays. No beneficial UV light gets through you home windows either, so placing them by a window has no benefit. Taking baby tortoises outside, when and where possible, for natural sunlight is also beneficial for them.

There should be a cage temperature gradient during the day of approximately 85-95 F. Night time temperatures should remain above 70 F.

Feed a mixture of dark leafy greens and offer grasses and grass hay. Commercial pelleted grass diets (Zoomed Grassland Tortoise diet) can be soaked in water and also fed. Keep fruits limited to occasional treats. Grasses and grass hay are the best diet for the tortoises. While housed indoors it is good to soak them in a shallow water bath to their chin for 15-30 minutes once a week. Dust the greens with a calcium (without vitamin D3) powder a twice a week. Dust the greens with a multivitamin powder for reptiles once a week.

An annual veterinary exam and fecal sample test should be done annually to make sure your tortoise is growing normal and continues to be healthy.

Some people do things a little differently, still with success, but try not to vary too much from the basic plan Dr. Johnson outlined, or the suggestions below.

We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale online here at Tortoise Town! We have regular sulcata tortoise for sale, ivory sulcata tortoise, even sometimes we have albino sulcata tortoises in stock!  Buy your baby sulcata tortoise from the best captive bred sulcata tortoise breeders anywhere!  We have over 26 species of tortoise for sale including 100% captive bred baby tortoises for sale and the largest selection of aquatic turtles for saleanywhere as well!

Sulcata Tortoise Diet and Sulcata tortoise feeding:

With adult sulcata tortoises, the best staple diets are various grasses and leaves, the same as their natural diet. They will graze on any of the lawn grasses, mulberry leaves, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves and flowers. With size, most sulcata tortoises will eat grass hays (we like orchard grass hay).

Commercial pelleted grass diets (Zoomed Grassland Tortoise diet) can be soaked in water and also fed. Keep fruits limited to occasional treats. Grasses and grass hay are the best diet for the tortoises. While housed indoors it is good to soak them in a shallow water bath to their chin for 15-30 minutes once a week.

We reocommend Mazuri tortoise chow (regular) soaked and softened at least 2-3 times per week.  Mazuri seems to really add “substance” to their diet and is essential for indoor months since it contains a significant amount of Vitamin D3 which is essential for proper health and growth in any baby tortoise.

We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale online here at Tortoise Town! We have regular sulcata tortoise for sale, ivory sulcata tortoise, even sometimes we have albino sulcata tortoises in stock!  Buy your baby sulcata tortoise from the best captive bred sulcata tortoise breeders anywhere!  We have over 26 species of tortoise for sale including 100% captive bred baby tortoises for sale and the largest selection of aquatic turtles for saleanywhere as well!

AFRICAN SPURRED TORTOISE REPRODUCTION / BREEDING

Mating occurs during the rain season, usually February to March. Males will fight for dominance over females and are vocal during mating. After a gestation period of 60 days, the female searches for a suitable nesting place. Many nests will be made before she chooses the most suitable one. Nests can measure up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) in width and depth and each one can take between 1 – 4 hours to construct. The female then begins to lay eggs every 3 minutes. Clutches may contain 15 – 30 eggs or more. The nests are then filled in and the eggs completely covered. Incubation lasts 212 days (around 8 months) and hatchlings emerge from the eggs 1 – 3 days after a rainfall, usually at night. It can take 3 – 10 days for the hatchlings to reach the surface of the nest.

Hatchlings are pale yellow and only 2 – 3 inches at birth, however, they can grow quite rapidly reaching 15 – 25 centimetres (6 – 10 inches) within the first few years. Like other tortoises, the African Spurred Tortoise can live to a great age. The oldest known species is 56 years old, however, the can live much longer and some can reach 80 – 100 years old.

Sulcata tortoises are some of the largest tortoises on the planet and due to their large clutch (hatch) size, they are reasonably inexpensive averaging around 129.00 for a hatchling, sometimes lower or more expensive based on the time of year and availability of sulcata tortoise hatchlings for sale online or locally by searching for sulcata tortoise for sale near me.

We have some fantastic baby sulcata tortoises for sale online here at Tortoise Town! We have regular sulcata tortoise for sale, ivory sulcata tortoise, even sometimes we have albino sulcata tortoises in stock!  Buy your baby sulcata tortoise from the best captive bred sulcata tortoise breeders anywhere!  We have over 26 species of tortoise for sale including 100% captive bred baby tortoises for sale and the largest selection of aquatic turtles for sale anywhere as well!