Tortoises lose body moisture when performing regular daily activities, such as urinating and breathing. To avoid dehydration, tortoises need to live in humid environments. Without sufficient humidity, tortoises can get […]
How Do Tortoises Clean Themselves?
Wild tortoises will stand in the rain or soak in small puddles to clean themselves. Tortoises that live in dry areas will give themselves a dry bath by burrowing into […]
Do Tortoises Smell As Pets?
People often wonder if tortoises are smelly pets. In truth, tortoises are mostly odorless, which makes them ideal in this regard. Foul smells only become an issue if the tortoise […]
Do Tortoises Need To Go To The Vet?
Most of what we know about caring for pets comes from our knowledge of mammals. Because tortoises are reptiles, their needs are different from other domesticated pets. Tortoises need an […]
How To Give Tortoises Calcium
Nutrition for a captive tortoise can be a difficult balancing act. If a tortoise’s diet isn’t monitored closely, it can consume too much or too little of an essential mineral, […]
Is Cuttlefish Good for Tortoises?
Cuttlefish bones are among the best calcium supplements. When tortoises are given cuttlefish, they’re less likely to get developmental shell conditions like soft shell, pyramiding, and shell rot. Also, cuttlefish […]
Can You Spay or Neuter A Tortoise?
Having a pet spayed or neutered prevents unwanted breeding, reduces the likelihood of certain cancers, and limits more aggressive behaviors. However, tortoises are vastly different from your average cat or […]
Can You Leave A Tortoise Out in The Rain?
Tortoises prefer warm and sunny weather, often with quite high humidity levels. They can’t swim, and it’s unhealthy for them to live in a wet environment. So, you may be […]
Can A Tortoise Live with A Prolapse?
Prolapse happens when a tortoise strains so hard that one of its internal organs (intestine, cloaca, colon, hemipenis, phallus, uterus, or bladder) slides out of its vent. It’s usually a […]