Facts About Tortoises

Looking for facts about Tortoises? Then look no further, here’s our list of the best and most important facts about such a great species:

Tortoise Facts

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List of Tortoise Facts

  • There are many different species of tortoise from the Mediterranean tortoises that hibernate to the Tropical species, which do not
  • Many of these tortoise living in this country day were brought in before the ban
  • Tortoise living in our climate require extra light and heat from a basking lamp
  • Thankfully these species were banned from importation in the seventies
  • As many as 6 eggs are laid twice a year
  • Hatchling can be hibernated for a short period – by experienced owners
  • Tortoises are cold blooded reptiles
  • The tortoise should be allow to have access to an outdoor garden
  • Food such as dog food, bread, milk, cereal and tin fruit has been given to tortoises in the past with detrimental affects – causing lumpy shell, overweight and many internal problems
  • Different species/sexes of tortoise should be housed separately
  • In captivity the most common methods are Box or Fridge method
  • They need the warmth from the sun to warm their blood
  • Ideal temperatures for hibernation are 5-6 C
  • One of the two main parts of a tortoises diet is fibre, the secondly calcium
  • The life span can be 100 years and more
  • As we need food for energy, they need the sun
  • They require the UV rays from the sun and turn this into vitamin D
  • Weeds – Dandelions, clover, sow thistle and plantain are best offered
  • Vitamin injections should not be given unless there is a genuine vitamin deficiency
  • Freezing temperatures can cause blindness or be fatal
  • Adult tortoises hibernate for four months of the year normally from November – February
  • The sex of the hatchling is determined by the temperature in which the egg is incubated
  • If you require any help or assistance, please contact us, we are happy to help
  • Owners should weigh and measure their tortoises regularly
  • In the wild they would bury themselves into the ground
  • Not all tortoises hibernate naturally – depending on the species
  • By Mediterranean tortoises we refer to the Spur thighed and Herman’s
  • A basking lamp is a reflector lamp – not a heat lamp
  • Once they are warm, they can eat and digest food
  • Mediterranean tortoise are the most common tortoises living in this country
  • There are many captive breeding programmes in the country at present
  • Hatchling are normally kept in a vivarium for the first two years
  • Temperatures of up to 90 F are required depending on the species
  • Only healthy tortoises should be hibernated
  • Hatchling are as independent as adult tortoises
  • Tortoise produce egg and bury them in the ground

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