The owner said it was a desert tortoise but I had never seen such coloration so wanted to double check. Thanks!It's definitely a male desert tortoise. . . Gopherus agassizii. The chin glands are a dead giveaway. The color is because of the wet shell, and the fact he was captive hatched.
They are cared for the same as a Russian tortoise.Thank you everyone for your help. Now I know what species to look up for care information.
Thank you so much! I will definitely ask questions.They are cared for the same as a Russian tortoise.
Here's our care sheet...
I chose the title of this care sheet very carefully. Are there other ways to raise babies and care for adults? Yes. Yes there are, but those ways are not as good. What follows is the BEST way, according to 30 years of research and experimentation with hundreds of babies of many species. What is...www.tortoiseforum.org
Be really suspicious of any advice you are given that's not from this forum. Because these torts live in the desert, many folks who don't know what they're talking about would have you keep him bone dry and no water. That's total hogwash! Don't fall for it!
Read this care sheet and ask questions here. We'll help you, and aren't trying to get you to buy anything from us.
I used to have a sweet DT named Chug, around 15 years old. Unfortunately he died in hibernation last spring. I still really miss him, even though I have a 3 year old tort to run my life now.