Tortoises stay hydrated by eating water-dense foods and absorbing water through the skin surrounding the cloaca (an opening near the tail). However, tortoises still need to drink fresh water. Tortoises […]
How Long Do Baby Tortoises Stay Small? [Growth Chart + Sizes]
A baby tortoise (hatchling) may be the size of your hand now, but it’ll grow bigger. Before it grows, you may need a larger enclosure, but its final size will […]
Why Do Tortoises Headbutt? [Ramming Behavior Meaning]
Headbutting in tortoises has various meanings depending on the context and situation. As all tortoises have different personalities and temperaments, the triggers for this behavior vary. Tortoises headbutt each other […]
Are Tomatoes Safe for Tortoises?
Tomatoes (scientifically known as Solanum Lycopersicon) are part of the nightshade family, which includes potatoes, eggplants (aubergines), and bell peppers. Tomatoes are botanically a fruit, but they’re commonly classified as […]
7 Common Signs of Impaction in Tortoises
Fecal impaction is often used interchangeably with bowel obstruction (intestinal obstruction). An intestinal obstruction refers to a blockage caused by foreign objects (pebbles, substrate, hair, etc.), while impaction only refers […]
Can Tortoises Eat Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is a healthy fruit that many tortoises like eating. They’re vitamin and mineral-dense, high in soluble fiber for good digestive health, and an immune system booster. Tortoises can eat […]
Do Tortoises Mark Their Territory with Scent or Urine?
Tortoises are territorial animals that’ll claim resources they deem important (like food, shelter, and mating rights), but they don’t use scent (pheromones) or urine marking to do so. While tortoises […]
10 Vital Signs of A Happy And Healthy Tortoise
While it’s easy to tell when most animals are happy, the same can’t be said for reptiles like tortoises. Deciphering a tortoise’s subtle body language can be challenging if you […]
Why Does My Tortoise Chase Me? [Male or Female Follows Me]
Often, a tortoise realizes you normally bring food, so it gets excited. This is a highlight for many torts, so it’ll pursue you because it wants to be fed, not […]