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.
Do you know how to choose a tortoise table? What kind of things do you need to include? Are they suitable for all species? We are here to answer all of these questions and more.
As tortoise owners, it is our duty to be aware of our pet’s health and check them on a regular basis to ensure they are not in any pain. Tortoises aren’t able to communicate with you directly if there is something wrong therefore it is important to educate yourself and to watch out for any potential health problems.
Whether you are planning on getting a pet tortoise or you already have one, it’s important to know how to set up an outdoor tortoise enclosure for their enjoyment, as well as for their safety. If you choose to keep your tortoise indoors, that’s fine too! But it’s nice to give them an outside area for when we are blessed with some warm weather.
The reproduction of tortoises has only recently been understood by scientists and even now there is still lots to learn. From aggressive males to gravid females, there is a lot more to the process than some simple egg-laying. Here’s everything you need to know about how tortoises mate, caring for the babies, and everything in between.