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Things you wish you knew before getting a tortoise

Jules321

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Use the tortoise table to check foods, we used to give our sulcata the cobs of corn. Nothing bad happened since he mostly left them alone but not all veggies are okay and it's always good to double check.

If they can see through it they will go through it. Give sight barriers, it will help them and you.
 

LaSunshine

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Hi Tom
  1. Closed chambers instead of open tops.
  2. Tortoises need huge amounts of room, much more than other types of reptiles or pets.
  3. No cfl UV bulbs.
  4. Pet stores usually sell unnecessary, sometimes detrimental and overpriced products and give terrible tortoise care advice. My apologies to the few exceptions, but you are a rare breed.
  5. No colored bulbs.
  6. No "spot" bulbs.
  7. Use a thermostat to control ambient temps.
  8. Avoid grocery store produce in favor of better items found for free.
  9. Using Mazuri as a supplemental food is good.
  10. Don't overdo the calcium supplementation.
  11. Too much time outside is bad for babies.
  12. The vast majority of tortoise species are NOT "desert" animals. They need water and at least moderate humidity. Especially as babies.
  13. Is will never be cheap or easy to house giant species in climates with freezing winter weather.
  14. Never mix species or allow them to have contact with each other, or each other's stuff, or each other's spaces.
  15. Tortoises should not be kept in pairs.
  16. Tortoises don't get lonely and other tortoises are not seen as "friends'.
  17. Tortoise do NOT get all their water from the food they eat. Babies of all species should be soaked daily.
  18. Letting tortoises roam free in the house or yard is a mistake. Eventually, it is likely to cause the tortoise's death or loss. It doesn't matter how close you intend to supervise. Use an enclosure.
  19. If the tap water is safe for you, its safe for your tortoise.
  20. Most breeders do not start babies correctly. When you find one that does, spread the word. Daily soaks, humid environment, mostly indoors, a WIDE variety of foods, etc... Don't support the ones who are doing it wrong.
  21. Be aware that most of the "research" you do will lead you to old, out-dated, incorrect info that has been parroted for decades and is based off of incorrect assumptions about how they live in the wild.
. Hey, the flood light 65 watt bulb that you recommended gives the tortoise a place of warmth to lay under like they do Outdoors in sunlight. But, besides the warm light. Do they get any other benefit from the floodlight? UVA?
 

Tom

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Hi Tom

. Hey, the flood light 65 watt bulb that you recommended gives the tortoise a place of warmth to lay under like they do Outdoors in sunlight. But, besides the warm light. Do they get any other benefit from the floodlight? UVA?
No UV from a standard incandescent flood bulb.
 

Cathie G

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Ive learned not to impulse buy that cute baby you see in the pet store on rabbit pellets...buy a well started baby from a reputable breeder and save yourself some heartbreak
Yes especially since most rabbit pellets from a petshop aren't even the best for healthy bunnies anyway. They have corn in them. I could only find 2 types I'll use. I had the same kibble problem with Saphire my little Russian guy.
 

Ink

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I would post a picture of the tortoise (turtle), to the forum, to make sure that is what species you are expecting to bring home. Pet stores don't always have the correct information. Just because they may be cheaper if isn't always better. Also, the poop is alot!
 

Cathie G

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Hello. The first thing you have to figure out is which species you want and if you have the space to accommodate your adoption. You're going to enjoy any tortoise that you can give a good home to. What species will better fit your ability to provide it the right diet, humidity, sunlight, etc...I do have to say I'm glad I have the CDR finally to contact for support from experienced and knowledgeable members. Have your enclosure ready first. Then adopt.
I was checking this thread and I actually meant to say TFO in general because of the tortoise parents here...spell check outschmarted me...any thread you get on will at the least make you think...
 

Abdulla6169

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Probably the cost-effectivness of things that are not marketed towards pets (i.e. using those rubber maid tubs instead of a terrarium, the price of grasses, other tort related equipment etc).
 

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