Baby Russian Tortoise Care

Baby star tortoise care is very important.

indian star tortoise

Vivarium Set-Up

Your heating source should be positioned at one end of the vivarium, creating a hot basking end. At the center point in your vivarium the thermometer should read 80-82°F  give or take a couple of degrees Fahrenheit and should be maintained for 24 hours a day, the best way to achieve an accurate temperature is with a thermostat.

UV lighting is essential for 12-14 hours a day. The UV tube should be placed just below the ceiling and should start against the wall at the hot end and span 2/3 the length of the enclosure thus creating a UV gradient much like your heating. It is best to position your UV tube 6-9 inches from the ceiling of a 2ft high vivarium. However a word of warning.

Always remember to replace your UV tube every 6 months unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise.

Substrate, Cleaning And Furniture

There are several good substrates for tortoises, a good quality orchid bark is recommended, and it is certainly the best for tortoises from humid regions (Herman’s, Spur thighs and Marginated). When using damper barks always increase your ventilation, not doing so may rot your wooden vivarium. Tortoises from dryer regions fare much better on beech chip (Horsfield’s). No tortoise should be kept on sand, gravel or peat.

Spot clean your vivarium regularly, if done properly a full vivarium clean should only be necessary once a month. Only use disinfectants specifically designed for reptiles. Soap, detergents and other disinfectants can be toxic to your animal.

Always provide your tortoise with clean fresh drinking water; tap water is fine, although there are water treatments available if in doubt.

Always get all your tank furniture from a recognized dealer, and remember tortoises eat plant matter, don’t use any live, plastic or silk plants.

Your tortoise requires somewhere to hide, provide it with a box containing a good quality rabbit hay. The hay provides a comfortable bedding and is also very useful as part of your animals diet.

Feeding And Vitamins

Many different feeding routines and diets have been used with varying levels of success the best suited to this set-up will be explained below.

Tortoises should be given 3 wet meals a week and access to as much dry food as it likes.

A tortoise’s wet diet is made up of 90% leafy greens, such as Rocket, Endives, various salad leaves and selected weeds. The final 10% is made up of fruits and vegetables to add colour and flavor. See later list and online guides for safe foods.

The dry part of its diet is very important. The hay used as bedding can be eaten and chopped to mix with the wet food to add a little more roughage. Alfalfa can also be left in the enclosure or mixed with the wet food in the same way.

As a general rule we like to leave a good dry pellet food in the enclosure at all times. Do not add too much water. The point of this is to allow your animal to fill up on a low water content food so they don’t gorge themselves on high water content foods.

It’s worth noting that the Tortoises mentioned in this care sheet come from fairly arid regions and eat a large amount of roughage. They come across very little fresh growth other than early spring and can only find fruits when they fall from their plants for a very brief period of the year. A high moisture diet is a common cause of growth deformities such a shell pyramiding.

GOOD FOOD

Dandelions. You can also buy from any good exotics pet dealer packs of edible garden weed seeds
Mustard greens
Endive
Rocket
Most basic salad leaves are fine provided you add something more substantial
Watercress
Squash
Green beans
Asparagus

It is worth remembering that if you take foods from outside to check no pesticides or fertilizers have been used nearby. Also never give your animal anything from the side of the road due to exhaust fumes.

The best way to judge what quantities of vegetable matter constitutes as a meal, is to put a sizeable amount of food in the enclosure, in the morning and remove it in the evening.

Some tortoises are prone to obesity, if you notice soft skin tissue protruding past the edge of the shell or your tortoise having difficulty getting all its limbs and head inside the shell. Then cut its meals back and consult an expert.

A good quality vitamin and mineral supplement is essential to the well-being of your tortoise, always read the manufacturer’s suggested dosage. We suggest a good pinch Nutrobal 2 out of 3 meals. Be sure to mix in well as some animals have been known to pick around it. Failure to maintain a good supply of vitamins and minerals may result in irreversible illness such as metabolic bone disorder.

Also provide a clean cuttlefish (not from the beach) for your tortoise to rasp at, it will help to keep your animal’s beak at the right length and provide it with additional calcium.

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Baby African Pancake Tortoise Care

Baby african pancake tortoise care is very important.

baby pancake tortoise care

Pancakes are one of the few arid habitat tortoises that thrive in vivariums, although a well set-up tortoise table would be fine for them as well. They need a good source of UVB and a basking area large enough for them to expose their whole shells to the hot spot, rather than just a small area. They are also happy to live in groups, unlike many other species.

Feeding is relatively simple for them as long as you follow a few common sense rules. They do very well on a weed based diet, high in fibre and calcium, low in protein and phosphorous. Avoid fruit, and any greens high in oxalic acid (such as spinach) or goitrogens – chemicals that cause gout (most of the brassica family, cabbages, kale and so on). These food items are fine as a treat, but should be avoided on a regular basis. Plain calcium should be dusted on every feed, with a good quality multivitamin/multimineral powder added twice a week. Pancake tortoises feed enthusiastically, and seem to prefer to eat in the morning; they like to spend most of the day tucked up in their hides, but once they’re settled they will emerge to investigate whenever anyone comes near their home.

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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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