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Indoor Land Turtle Setup

Here is a general setup for an indoor land turtle. You want to make sure that the walls are tall enough so that your turtle will not escape. They are great climbers! Be careful what you set by the walls. The basic necessities are to have: a food dish, a water dish, a full spectrum […]

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Land Turtle Hibernation and Breeding

Hibernation Do not hibernate your turtles if they are unhealthy, undernourished, or sick. A box turtle that has not built up sufficient fat reserves may not survive through hibernation. I recommend not hibernating your turtles unless you are going to breed them. Besides, it’s not fun to watch a sleeping turtle, is it? If you […]

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Land Turtle Feeding

Tortoise Food, your turtle’s favorite thing besides basking in the sunlight and soaking in their water dish. Box turtles like to be fed in the early morning. Box turtles are omnivorous and like a mixed diet. You should try to feed your turtle animal matter such as snails, slugs, worms, night crawlers, crickets, Purina trout […]

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Land Turtle Housing

Indoor Housing Maybe you live in the city or in an apartment where you don’t have a yard, or you have neighbors with pets that may do something harmful to your box turtle. If I lived in one of those situations, I would definitely want to have my turtle indoors with the occasional supervised outdoor […]

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Turtle, Tortoise, Terrapin

Have you ever wondered, whats the difference between a turtle, tortoise, or terrapin? Below are the terms, take a look! By definition these are: Turtle: Any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming When someone says turtle, this generally means a Water Turtle. Tortoise: Usually herbivorous land […]

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Elongated Tortoise (Yellow Headed Tortoise)

Description of the Elongated Tortoise The Elongated tortoise also known as the yellow headed tortoise derives its name from its distinctive narrow carapace or shell. Nearly 12 inches long, the tortoise possesses a unique carapace ranging from caramel to yellowish–dark brown in color. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Indotestudo Scientific Name: Indotestudo Elongata Aquatic/Land: Land Size: up […]

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Yellow Foot Tortoise (Brazilian Giant Tortoise)

Description of the Yellow Foot Tortoise The yellow foot tortoise is a species of tortoise that is very closely related to the Red Footed Tortoise. It is naturally found in the Amazon Basin in South America. It is the third largest mainland tortoise with an average length of 15.75 in. (40 cm). Its carapace is […]

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Marginated Tortoise (Testudo Marginata)

Description of Marginated Tortoises The biggest of all European tortoises, a fully-grown marginated tortoise can reach a length of about 14 inches and weigh up to eleven pounds. Unlike many other tortoises, its shell has an oblong shape that is extremely thick around the middle of the body. The back part of the shell fishtails […]

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Pancake Tortoise (Tornier’s tortoise)

Description of the Malacochersus Tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) The malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) is a thin, flat shelled small tortoise just as its name pancake tortoise’ suggests. Its carapace, the top side of the shell, ranges between 6 to 7 inches at maturity with a height of about 1 inch. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Malacochersus Scientific Name: […]

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Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

Hermann’s tortoise Facts Hermann tortoise falls under the species Testudo. Three subspecies can be found, which are, western Hermann’s tortoise, eastern Hermann’s tortoise and Dalmatian tortoise. Family: Testudinidae Genus: Testudo Scientific Name: Testudo hermanni Subspecies: Western Hermann’s Tortoise, Eastern Hermann’s Tortoise Aquatic/Land: Land Size: Average 7.5 inches (18 cm) in length Color: Black and Goldish […]

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