This tortoise care guide is meant to help Russian Tortoise owners understand how to properly care for their pet so it can live a long and healthy life. These reptiles are one of the most readily available tortoise varieties and are popular as pets because of their size and active lifestyle. This type of tortoise is ideal for those with little space and they tolerate temperature extremes fairly well because they can burrow and maintain their proper body temperature.
A Russian Tortoise, when fed the proper diet, can live longer than forty years in captivity. These tips will help owners to know how to provide the proper environment for their tortoise:
- Those with warmer climates will find the best place for raising their tortoise is in an outdoor enclosure. Providing an underground hide box will prevent the tortoise from digging so often and will provide them a safe space for maintaining their body temperature.
- Because these tortoises are plant eaters, it is imperative they are not exposed to plants that could be poisonous to them. They will typically eat almost any type of plant except grass. A constant check of the plants in the outdoor enclosure is a must for avoiding illness and death.
- Including rocks in the enclosure will give the tortoise a place to file their nails so they do not become too long and cause them pain. Rocks can also be placed around the corners of the enclosure to help prevent the tortoise from digging out.
- If an owner chooses to keep their tortoise indoors, they can keep a normal room temperature from between 68 and 80 degrees. Indoor turtles will require a UVB light in their enclosure, to help them digest the calcium in their diet.
- Indoor tortoises do not hibernate during the winter like outdoor ones do. It is important owners keep the lights on for at least 12-14 hours during the day and turn them off at night, including the UVB light.
These five tips should make it much easier for an owner to provide the perfect home for their tortoise, whether they will reside outdoors or in. Using these tips will keep your tortoise safe and comfortable all year long.