A tortoise’s shell is probably its most distinctive feature and a very important part of its anatomy. tortoise shells are strong, but they can still suffer damage which can lead to tortoise shell rot: potentially a very serious condition. But what is shell rot, how is it diagnosed and what can we do about it? Although it’s something all tortoise owners need to be aware of, fear not, as it can be treated and is easily prevented.
As one of the most beautifully decorated tortoises in the world, the Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is a very popular pet. But this tortoise has very special requirements and It can be a challenge to create a suitable environment for them and to give them everything that they need. Many Indian stars die in captivity at an early age due to a lack of understanding of their needs. So read on for a full explanation of this fascinating species and how best to care for them.
From lighting to heating, there are so many things to consider when caring for your pet tortoise, and picking the right substrate for your setup is on that list! If your tortoise substrate is too dry, your tortoise could become dehydrated: too moist they can develop respiratory infections or shell rot. With so many different tortoise substrates to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your pet. Read on to learn more about what is best for your tortoise.
The Horsfield tortoise is a docile and hardy species of tortoise. They are popular pets, commonly found in homes around the globe. As with any pet, it is important to understand the animal you are caring for to be able to provide them with everything they need. Here’s everything you need to know about Horsfield tortoises.
If you are a tortoise owner in the UK, you are probably aware that the conditions you provide for your exotic pets are very different to those that they will experience in the wild. Hibernation is just one of the many things you need to consider as a tortoise owner. But what is tortoise hibernation and how do you make sure you do it safely?
As one of the largest tortoises in the world, the sulcata tortoise is a unique pet to have but one that can be found in thousands of homes across the globe. As well as being big, Sulcata tortoises are also long-lived and can easily outlive their owners. So it’s vital that we understand their needs to ensure that they can enjoy long and healthy lives.
Although closely related and with plenty of similarities, turtles, tortoises and terrapins are very different creatures that need to be respected as such. Once you know what sets them apart from each other, the differences will be obvious: so you can provide each with the correct care. From webbed feet to shell shapes, here’s everything you need to know about the differences between turtle and tortoise.
The Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) is one of the most popular species of tortoise to be kept as a pet. They have a great personality and are known for their gentle and passive nature, making them great little companions.
Keeping a tortoise is generally a little more complicated than looking after a cat or a dog; not only do they need the correct diet and housing, they also need the right kind of light, too. What many people do not know is that sunlight is made up of different UV light rays and it is essential that tortoises receive the right rays to be able to thrive. Here’s everything you need to know about tortoise lighting: what kind your pet needs and which bulbs you should buy.
The Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) is one of the most popular pet tortoises in the world and also the smallest. Their compact size makes them ideal pets for a tortoise table. So if you are thinking of getting an Egyptian tortoise, here’s everything you need to know about their natural environment and lives, keeping them as a pet and how to ensure they live happy healthy lives.