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Here are some important details on how to care for your new Tortoise from Tortoise Town!
Upon receiving your animal, please immediately rinse them off in warm water (aprox 85-88 degrees) and soak them for 10 minutes that is aprox 1/4″ high, and no deeper then the tortoises chin so as not to drown the tortoise or turtle.
We recommend soaking your baby tortoise daily or at the very least every other day in water that is no higher than 5″ % of the height of your tortoise(s) shell.
Daily, the tortoise should be offered a variety of greens including: kale, sliced and diced cactus pads, escarole, red leaf lettuce, zucchini, squash, endive, dandelion greens, other edible weeds, other NON-Head varieties of Lettuce, romaine, Collard Greens, mixed with soaked and mushed up tortoise chow. It is recommended that you soak the tortoise chow pellets for 10-15 minutes in warm water, than smash them up and spread across the lettuces and greens. All food should be lightly dusted with calcium twice weekly.
Fresh food and water must be provided DAILY. Water must be kept very shallow so as not to drown the tortoise(s).
Soaking is a key way to keep your new tortoise(s) hydrated and also keeps their shell smooth during the growth process.
A calcium supplement should be carefully dusted on their food at least twice a week but not until the tortoise is AT LEAST 4″ in length or 24 months of age. We recommend ReptoCal available on our website.
A UV light must be available on a timer and should run 10-12 hours daily. While a screw in UVB 10.0 lamp is a cheap alternative, a tube style 10, 12 or even 14% uvb lamp and fixture is recommended for long term indoor care.
No where in the entire habitat should you be below 80 degrees. A Heat element should be available and on 24 hours a day, keeping a constant warm area/basking spot of 90-98 degrees in the enclosure. A heating pad should be placed under the night time log or hide area and kept on in the evenings.
To shop for supplies for your tortoise, including lighting, heating elements, floor substrates, tortoise habitats and tortoise tubs, please visit: