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[2015] Katie Jury: Pet Tortoise Care

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[2015] Katie Jury: Pet Tortoise Care

Sulcata tortoises require a strict diet of edible weeds (dandelions), grass hay, and grass. It is important to make sure the grasses and weeds have not been treated with any pesticides. They need a high fiber diet. Fruits and flowers (like hibiscus) should be given as treats only. They require a shallow water dish!

WHAT DO THEY EAT?

PET TORTOISE CARESulcata Style

To grow prorperly, Sulcata tortoises require a warm, dry environment with temperatures between 75-85 degrees. They require a great deal of light to stay healty and active. They need daily exposure to UVB light to produce proper levels of Vitamin D which helps their bones and shell grow. If unable to be outdoors, heat lamps and fluorescent full spectrum UVB lights are required.

HOW DOES THEIR SHELL GROW?

Sulcata tortoises need to be able to burrow, this helps them cool off. They also need some sort of hidebox to go into at night. Many people think tortoises hibernate in the winter, NOT TRUE!They wake up with the morning sun (or lightbulb) and go to bed when the sun goes down.

WHERE DO THEY LIKE TO SLEEP?

There favorite thing to do is graze. They love bathtime! Need a good soak once a week. Sulcatas basically eat, sleep, walk-around, then repeat. They will grow large, up to 18 inches in shell length. They will also weigh anywhere between 80-120 pounds!

WHAT DO THEY LIKE TO DO?


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