As you research which tortoise for sale you want to purchase, consider these key things. Not knowing the most you can about your tortoise before you get it can prevent you from setting up the enclosure properly. It also means that you’re not equipped to handle their behavioral needs or how they can affect you. A tortoise can be a great pet but just like any reptile it has its unique requirements. Before stumbling on something you didn’t expect, prepare yourself with these 4 facts before purchasing a tortoise for sale.
They are land creatures.
In case you weren’t aware, this is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle. When it comes to preparing the enclosure, this is important because you don’t want to invest in a small pond or other type of water feature if it’s not something your tortoise will use.
Ideas for your tortoise enclosure
- When it comes to drinking water, anything from 12 inch pie pans to terra cotta saucers can work. Stay away from deep corner dishes and remember that there are specialty water dishes made specifically for tortoises.
- Something to burrow under at night like a half log can also add levels to the enclosure.
The shell can tell you if your tortoise is healthy.
There are many ways to know if your tortoise is healthy and its shell is one. Its shell should be smooth and firm. There shouldn’t be any bumps. You should see a growth ring, which you can identify as a lighter band in between the bony plates. Shells that are pitted or flaking are a sign that there is a lack of dietary additives or lighting
Practice good hygiene.
All reptiles carry salmonella. The easiest way to remember how to handle your tortoise is to think of it as if you’re handling raw meat. Basically, what you’re doing is washing your hands immediately after every handling, as well as disinfecting any surface that your tortoise comes into contact with. This might seem like a lot to worry about, but this is something that should be practiced with every reptile.
Tortoises need both UVA and UVB rays.
Tortoises need appropriate UVB lighting for vitamin D productions and UVA for activity levels and feeding. In the wild, tortoises get more than enough UV rays. In order to replicate their natural habitat, keep the UVB bulb as close as possible to the tortoise (no more than 18 inches above) and replace them every six months.
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Now that you know a little more about what to expect with your tortoise, you’re ready to go! Shop our selection of tortoise for sale and pick your favorite to get it shipped right to your door.