Many people like to have a tortoise as a pet because they are quite, cute, and also don’t shed any fur. They live for a long time so if you pet tortoise then you have to provide them good care for a life time. They are docile and shy unless two male tortoise are kept together. Two male tortoise should not keep together, they will fight with each other may cause serious injury. Here is everything you need to know about pet Tortoise.
Breeding and babies:
Tortoise breed by themselves. As an owner the pair should be raise at same time any tortoise who have bad health or old age should not be breed. Make sure to breed the tortoise of same kind. Mating takes place in the spring time after they come from hibernation. Correct temperature should need for them. Tortoise become sexually mature at age of 7 to 10. They will be at mature size and able to breed at 10 cm for male and 18 cm for females. Mating, temperature, length of day and many other factors depend to lay egg by female. Usually hibernation and breeding the egg laying time will come. Female will lay egg at the same housing hiding spot that you provide. Make sure the eggs are correct from predictor. The substrate needs to consist of at least 15 cm (6 inches) of inches of topsoil with consisting of a mix of sand and soil topped with leaves, grass clippings, hay or sphagnum moss. This will allow the female to dig down more to lay her eggs. She lay 2 to 3 batches of eggs at 2 week intervals and provide her enough water for female as they need extra water while they lay eggs. Separate male tortoise for a week after the mating and then put him back. After the female lay egg, egg should be protected from predator, rain then it will hatch naturally. The baby tortoise will emerge on her own. In most cases you have to hatch the eggs artificially in an incubator. It is usually safer and you can also choose their sex.do not wash the mucous it fight off germs and bacteria, helping the tortoises hatch safely. The duration of this process takes around 65 days on average.
Right after the birth the babies are independent. They need the same temperature, food and housing as adults do. They can be housed indoor or outdoor. Babies should be handle with care as their bodies are more delicate. They can be hibernate after one year old.
Tortoise live for very long time. The pet tortoise live for 50 to 100 years. It also depend on how you care, what type of environment they live on. The world’s oldest tortoise was believed to have survived until age 189.
Tortoise are shy and quiet animals. Usually most tortoise are too large to handle as adult. They need an appropriate temperature to survive healthily. Otherwise they cause stress and often lead to illness. They have a long life span so it is the main drawback for people. Large tortoise live for more than 70 years. You also have to care your tortoise in your old age.
Tortoises are vegetarian and feed them leafy green vegetables kale, collards or mustard greens three or four times a week. If they don’t eat them within four hours remove them. There are many tortoise food available in the market like canned tortoise food, tortoise pellets and frozen or freeze-dried fish food. Little green or yellow bell pepper, sweet potato, squash or cauliflower are like treats for tortoise. Provide powdered calcium and vitamin D3 to the salad around 3 times a week, which strengthen a tortoise’s shell. Sometime fruit should be also given.
Everything You Need To Know About Pet Tortoise Disease and cure:
Like humans being tortoise also suffer from diseases. Here are the sign and symptoms and cure for turtle disease.
Change in temperature, cold air can cause a respiratory infection. Breathing with an open mouth, Mucus and nasal secretions, Loss of appetite, Weakness and lethargy are the symptoms of respiratory infection. Increase the water temperature to boost their immune system. If there is no improvement then go to the vet immediately.
Diarrhea and constipation
Diarrhea and constipation is caused by poor diet and is an intestinal transit disorders. Diarrhea is caused by overfeeding. Excess of bad fruits and vegetable cause diarrhea. Keep the aquarium clean to prevent diarrhea. If your tortoise have constipation then his diet is lacking of fibre. If the aquarium is too small then constipation occur. Warm water bath that cover the lower shell will treat the constipation.
Eye problem is common in tortoise and closed and swollen eyes in addition to a lack of appetite are the sign of it. It is cause due to usually caused by a vitamin A deficiency or by dirty water. Saline eyewash twice a day should be done to prevent it. If it does not work then go to the vet and they will treat your tortoise with antibiotics and a nutritional supplement based on vitamin A.
Pyramiding in tortoise
It is a disorder that affects the tortoise. It can be easily spotted and is a serious problem in tortoise. The shell of tortoise thicken and rises. It is cause due to poor diet, lack of moisture and exposure to the sun and endocrine diseases. It has no treatment but consult with the vet to improve the tortoise’s quality of life.
Tortoise are usually large and preferred to keep outside. Construct an outdoor pen which should be strong. Tortoise are strong and they can also climb so a roof pen is required. Tortoises need a well-ventilated, properly lit enclosure with a screened lid. Predators like dogs should be keep away. Pet tortoises will also need some shelter outdoors such as a dog house.
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