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Is It Safe To Buy a Baby Tortoise for Sale?

May 30th, 2018 by

It’s not uncommon to see a baby tortoise for sale at a reptile store. You can buy these young tortoises for sale online with reputable sellers, like xyzReptiles. 

Buying baby tortoises can have its benefits; however, they can be a challenge with their strict environmental needs. If you are well-prepared and well-researched, a baby tortoise can be a fun, exciting reptile pet. Failing to understand the needs of a baby tortoise can lead to an unhealthy environment and unwanted consequences. If you really want a baby tortoise, or a tortoise in general, make it the best experience with as much research as possible.

When searching for ethical and reputable sellers, you’ll want to make sure that they have a long-standing reputation for quality and customer satisfaction. It would also help to familiarize yourself with the seller’s shipping methods to ensure that your reptile arrives alive and well. With the rise of the Internet, sellers have adapted to the needs of reptile lovers just like you. Now, you can rest assured that with the right seller, buying a baby tortoise for sale is perfectly safe.

What You Need To Know About Any Tortoise For Sale

Now that you’re aware of how common it is, you’ve likely made up your mind about whether or not you’ll be buying that tortoise for sale. If you’re going to go for it, there are a few things to know. Yes, that baby tortoise for sale is adorable, but will you have the right equipment and enough knowledge to keep one?

They’re not impossible, just underestimated. So, if you haven’t done all of your research, you should take some time to learn as much as you can about their needs. To save you some time, here are a couple of key things you’ll want to know.

Baby tortoises can be pretty sneaky. Experienced owners can confirm that tortoises prefer to climb and bulldoze over things and tend to dig underneath fences if they have to. As small baby tortoises, it can be alarming since they’re so small. Give them enough room in their enclosure to move around but secure it from any dangerous areas of your home. 

Practicing safe hygiene is crucial for you and your family. Handling your tortoise should be followed by washing your hands and always supervise children when they’re handling your reptile.

Buy Tortoises Online Without the Hassle

If you’re looking for guaranteed satisfaction, save yourself the trip and buy tortoises online at xyzReptiles. We have some of the best selections of baby tortoises and will always be prompt with deliveries.

How Long Will A Tortoise For Sale Live?

March 13th, 2018 by

Pets can be a serious commitment. Buying a tortoise for sale is no different. Tortoises can be low maintenance, but what they lack in labor and attention, they make up for in longevity. As long as you can provide the necessary heating and lighting it needs in its environment, as well as consistent nutrition, your tortoise can live for decades. In fact, the oldest pet tortoise was a 255 year old Aldabra tortoise. Her name was Adwaita and after outliving her owner, she spent the rest of her life in a zoo. We can imagine Adwaita’s owner gave her more than enough attention.

Your tortoise might not live to be this old, but tortoises do have a track record for living longer than the average pet. It is possible for your pet tortoise to outlive you but it’s not set in stone. If you’re not expecting to have the time and energy to dedicate to a new pet, it’s best to postpone purchasing that tortoise for sale you’ve had your eye on. If you do plan on making this a lifetime companion, then you will have to put in some effort in maintaining its habitat and helping it regulate its temperature.

Realistic Expectations For Any Tortoise For Sale

Although there isn’t a precise number on how long a tortoise for sale will live, it’s realistic to expect it to live well into its 40s. It wasn’t until recently, however, that the expected lifespan was so lengthy. Many decades ago, the needs of a tortoise were not as well documented. A poor diet and inadequate lighting meant these animals weren’t given a chance to thrive. Luckily today you can find enough information that will provide realistic expectations for owning a tortoise.

Count on purchasing a much smaller tortoise to begin with. But don’t be fooled by its cute, almost comical size. These animals will continue to grow over the years and will quickly outgrow a tiny enclosure. It will eventually graduate to an outdoor hutch, so you need to make sure you have enough space to keep one accessible to your tortoise. Get an idea of how much space you currently have and how much your tortoise needs. Remember that they like to burrow and will also need an area dedicated to hibernation.

Overall, it comes down to having an environment that they can thrive in. With the proper lighting and diet, your tortoise for sale will go from average pet to family member for decades to come.

4 Most Popular Tortoises For Sale in the United States

January 4th, 2018 by

Tortoise lovers of all experience levels have a favorite breed. Tortoises are easy to bond with and make a relatively easy first pet. As with most pet reptiles, if you’re thinking of buying a tortoise for sale in our shop, consider their life span and the commitment you’re willing to make with these amazing creatures.

To help you decide, here are the 4 most popular tortoises for sale in the U.S.

Red-footed tortoise

Originating in South America, the red-footed tortoise grows to a manageable size. This makes it easy to care for and maintain them even as they become full grown. A full grown red-footed tortoise can be about 14 inches in length. This means they can be raised indoors if necessary, although they’re able to adapt easily to various habitats and climate.

They require enclosures with a sturdy wall but you want to discourage any digging. This means avoiding any fencing or walls that are see-through. Make sure to have enough protein and grass for them to graze on in the enclosure. And when it comes to handling them, it’s best to do so as little as possible to keep their stress levels down.

Russian tortoise

With a Russian tortoise, you can expect an herbivore that grows relatively small and enjoys a light soak. If possible, try keeping a small pond nearby or soaking it with a hose. Be careful, though, because you don’t want the shell rotting, neither does the tortoise. The Russian tortoise is less flexible with its environment and has soecific needs that have to be met. Even with an light soaking, these tortoises like a dry climate and a place to hide from the summer heat. It’s best to keep their enclosures indoor.

Add larger pieces to the enclosure, like logs or patches of edible herbs for the tortoise. The larger pieces give this active pet obstacles and small nooks to hide in, which they love.

Leopard tortoise

If you’re looking for a larger breed, the leopard tortoise might be your best choice. In the U.S. they’re known to grow up to 18 inches but have been known to grow up to 39 inches long in South Africa. You don’t have to get a large enclosure right away if you get a hatchling. Unlike other breeds, the leopard tortoise won’t dig, so you can use any fencing material for the enclosure. They’re pretty adaptable when it comes to temperature but you should still invest in a ceramic heat lamp to help regulate their temperature when the weather changes.

Follow a strict feeding schedule to help your tortoise feel comfortable in its new surroundings, if it can graze in your back yard, even better! Avoid feeding it too much fruit and stick to leafy greens and protein.

Indian star tortoise

The Indian Star tortoise has been reported to live up to 80 years! They’re small in size and can be shy until they learn to recognize their keeper. This can be done by regularly feeding them a diet that includes fruit greens, and vegetables. If you live in an area where the weather gets freezing cold, you will want to keep your Indian Star tortoise indoors.

They can only survive in lower temperatures for a brief period of time and you’ll want to expose them to as much natural sunlight or ultraviolet light. This will ensure that your tortoise absorbs calcium and produce vitamin D3.

Which one are you getting? Find any of these popular tortoises for sale in our store today!

Fascinating Tortoise Facts from Around the World

November 21st, 2017 by

Even before knowing these tortoise facts, many people are fans of these fantastic reptiles. From the time we ever come across a tortoise, we’re fascinated by their slow movements and massive bodies that double as homes. Our fascination seems to grow as time goes on. It’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular reptile pets. Learn more about these amazing creatures with these fascinating tortoise facts from around the world.

Interesting Overall Tortoise Facts

Let’s get you started with some overall tortoise facts. “Tortoise” refers specifically to terrestrial turtles and they’re usually herbivores  that can’t swim. It may be due to their heavier shells. Also, unlike their water counterparts, tortoises have stubby feet. The shell is the tortoise’s exoskeleton, which is made up of three main parts: the bridge, the top carapace, and the bottom plastron. And even though you can’t see them, tortoises have a spine, a collar bone, and even ribs.

Because they’re cold-blooded, they draw their heat from the environment and are usually more active during the day than at night. This is why good reptile lights and other heating methods are highly recommended if you’re thinking of having one as a pet.

Tortoise facts about lifespan and care

These tortoise facts are important to know if you’re looking for a tortoise for sale. Different species are born in captivity which results in the tortoises living between twenty and eighty years, even longer depending on the species. If you’re looking for longevity in your pet, a tortoise is the perfect pick. For those who aren’t able to commit so much time, another reptile would be a better choice. If you decide to get a tortoise, it’s strongly recommended to research the specific type of tortoise you want. That way, you know exactly what it’s needs will be in regards to lighting, habitat, and diet.

Like with any animal, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you shop for a tortoise for sale. Keepers commonly go for the South American Red-footed Tortoise. It’s bright colors, friendly character, and medium size make it an easy choice.

Information About Tortoise Breeds

Looking for information about tortoise breeds? Some of the captive bred hatchlings available all year long include Leopard Tortoises, African Spurred Tortoise, and the Russian Tortoise. Be sure to always research the type of breed you’re considering so you know the best way to maintain it and give it a healthy, happy life.

Now that you know a little more about tortoises, it’s easier to decide whether or not a tortoise is the pet for you. At xyzReptiles, we’re here to help you decide which reptile is the right one for you.

Most Popular Tortoises For Sale at xyzReptiles And Why

May 10th, 2017 by

Out of the ten different tortoises for sale at xyzReptiles there seems to be a trend that leans towards some of the more popular species and we think that there is a reason behind that. Tortoises for sale make up a small but growing part of what we do here every day and we want your feedback to make sure we are growing in the right areas.

The Red Footed Tortoise

It’s not hard to realize why the Red Footed Tortoise is our number one selling tortoise species on the site. At first glance anyone can see that these brightly colored medium sized pet tortoises are a beautiful reptile pet. They are sold as well started captive born hatchlings with brightly colored red heads and feet and browns, orange and black colored shells. They are one of the few pet tortoises than can be kept inside or outside and their varied diet makes them an easy tortoise pet to care for. They are also very competitively priced and are often on sale due to our extensive number of local breeders that hatch these gems on a yearly basis.

The Russian Tortoise

Russian Tortoises are sold at a slightly larger starting size of four inches and can grow to twice that size which makes them a small sized tortoise. They are easily sexed at that size so you can get a pair or a particular sex with 100% certainty. Russian tortoises can handle extreme temperatures in the wild and are more capable of handling the weather changes from state to state. They are more affordable than the other tortoises on the market and can be maintained indoors or outdoors. We are very happy to be offering captive bred and born hatchling Russian tortoises as well at xyzReptiles.

The African Spurred Tortoise

Our third most popular tortoise for sale happens to also be the third largest land tortoise and that is the African Spurred or Sulcata Tortoise. Sulcatas are only available as captive bred and born since they cannot be imported from the wild and are normally available on a year round basis. Being one of the larger tortoises in the world with adult males reaching sizes in excess of one hundred pounds makes this a tortoise that is not meant for everyone. You must always consider where and how you plan on keeping a giant animal like this one before making your purchase. Once you have figured out the logistics we will be happy to provide you with a healthy pet tortoise as well as their lighting, heating and dietary needs.

At xyzReptiles we work hard to educate our customers as well as people who have purchased their animals elsewhere on the ideal methods of keeping tortoises. We have a helpful staff that can be reached by phone, email or Facebook messenger at all business hours.

My Giant Pet Tortoises

September 16th, 2015 by

Out of the thousands of reptiles currently in my care the hands down favorites have got to be my 11-year-old pair of Aldabra Pet Tortoises. These two shy behemoths make me stop and think about where I was back in 2005 when I first got them and they also make me wonder where I’ll be in another 11 years when they will hit sexual maturity.

I have always favored Monitor Lizards and Pythons in my collection but recently with the availability of great quality captive born tortoises I have been thinking more and more about the possibility of becoming a tortoise breeder. I am aware that breeding tortoises is no easy task and the time required to bring a herd to maturity is longer than most people are willing to stick to a project. It is however very rewarding to see the results of such a well-planned and managed breeding project.

Committing to a Pet Tortoise

In the meantime, I am having great pleasure in meeting, talking to and buying tortoises from local breeders and suppliers from around the country. Having a pet tortoise is a long-term commitment as there are certain species that can live up to 80 years and beyond. They do have special dietary and lighting needs if you are keeping them indoors but once you have figured out the basics and committed yourself to the routine of keeping pet tortoises it can be great and rewarding experience.

Pet Tortoises for Sale

At xyzReptiles we currently carry a varied selection of captive born pet tortoises for sale from around the world. We carry Red-footed and Yellow-footed Tortoises from South America, Spurred and Leopard Tortoises from Africa and Elongated and Burmese Mountain Tortoises from Asia. We are always looking for healthy baby tortoises for the site so please check us out at xyzReptiles.com and let us know what you have for sale.