Tortoises can tumble, flip over, and land upside down if the ground beneath their feet is uneven. Since tortoises love climbing and exploring their territory, they can get flipped on […]
How Do I Know If My Tortoise Is Egg Bound? [6 Egg-Binding Signs]
Egg binding occurs when a gravid tortoise can’t lay her eggs. So, the eggs remain uncomfortably trapped inside the body, with potentially life-threatening consequences. The eggs can lacerate bodily tissue, […]
Are Artificial (Fake) Plants Safe for Tortoises?
Tortoises often find living in captivity stressful, especially when their surroundings are unfamiliar. So, adding artificial plants to imitate their natural environment can make the transition easier. Fake plants look […]
Do Tortoises Like To Climb? (Trees, Stairs, Fences + Ramps)
Tortoises climb for enjoyment, and due to necessity, so you may find them scaling stairs, fences, trees, and ramps. If there are sufficient footholds, tortoises may even climb walls. Tortoises […]
Do Tortoises Get Along with Dogs?
Tortoises are timid creatures, while dogs are usually friendly and welcoming to humans. However, these two animal species have vastly different body language, behaviors, and instincts. While exceptions exist, tortoises […]
Can Tortoises Eat Worms?
Omnivorous tortoises, like desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii), can eat worms, but herbivorous species, like Russian tortoises (Testudo horsfieldii), can get sick from ingesting animal protein. How much and how often […]
Do Tortoises’ Nails Need Clipping?
Wild tortoises spend much of their time burrowing, walking, climbing, and foraging for food. This lets them wear down their nails naturally, ensuring they don’t grow too long and sharp. […]
Is My Tortoise Growing Too Fast? [Normal vs. Rapid Growth]
A tortoise’s shell is its primary means of defense, reflecting its state of health. It consists of a carapace (top) and a plastron (bottom) connected by a bridge. The shell […]
How To Hibernate A Tortoise in The Fridge
Many owners use a fridge to hibernate pet tortoises. This artificial method provides greater reliability and control, even if the room temperature rises significantly. However, the room temperature mustn’t fall […]