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Lets start by sharing how I got the tortoise. So my son recently had a birthday and for a gift his grandparents decided to get him a turtle. Without any discussion from us, his parents, to our surprise they showed up with a sculcata tortoise that at present must weigh around 20lbs and maybe 12-15" in lengt . Needless to say our first reaction was shock and thought maybe this was just a joke. We figured that maybe the tortoise was only visiting and would return home at the end of the day. As it became more apparent that it was indeed staying, we quickly started to research how to care for this new pet. After realizing this would be difficult, we thanked the grandparents for such a thoughtful gift, but requested it be returned. Their reply was that they would take it home and care for it until our son got older and would like it back. I love my in-laws, but I dont think they are any better suited to care for the tortoise than we are. Plus finding out that returning yhe tortoise may not be an option since the pet store they got it from is closing, we now need to figure out how to care for the pet.
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Funny, I don't really think most of these are reasons not to own one, just things to look out for. My mother somehow managed to keep a box turtle alive for many years feeding him nothing but lettuce, and his "enclosure" was a laundry basket. If that is what one sees as "proper care" then they shouldn't own a turtle or tortoise. But if you make the commitment, do your homework, and are vigilant, they really aren't hard pets to keep. My redfoot is a happy, healthy, feisty little bugger. He is my first tortoise, so it's been a little bit of trial and error, but they are a hardy species. People simply need to do their research BEFORE they get one as a pet, so they don't find themselves in over their heads. However, I would say the same about owning ANY animal, even a cat or dog if you've never had one before. Russian tortoise may be durable and can live a long time, but they still need to be properly cared for if chosen as pets.
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As with all animals, turtles have specific dietary and environmental needs that have to be fulfilled. Without these requirements, your pet will have health problems that ultimately lead to disease and death. Turtle/tortoise husbandry is not widely appreciated,and there are books, magazines, and even some pet stores that can give turtle owners insufficient or even incorrect information regarding their care. Listed below is a summary of facts that all turtle owners should know and include in their pet’s care regimen. Note: there are numerous species of terrestrial turtle that are kept in captivity, and each may have its own special requirements and “normal” values. This writing focuses on generalized principles. Some of the most popular pet tortoises in the United States are the red-footed tortoises of South America. Red-footed tortoises are easy to acquire, are simple to take care of, remain a size that most can easily handle, and they show amazing colorations on their head, legs and shells. Red-footed tortoises are native to moderate climates and have shown an ability to adapt to various climates and habitats in captivity. Red-footed tortoises’ low cost, combined with a curious personality, make them tortoises that are commonly sought after by first-time tortoisekeepers.Just like other pets, it is recommended that turtles and tortoises receive regular veterinary care. A complete physical examination is recommended every 6-12 months. An annual fecal examination is recommended to check for internal parasites. Blood tests are recommended every 1-3 years. At each veterinary appointment, discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your pet with your veterinarian. Aldabra tortoises get very large and live a very long time. They need lots of space, special habitat setups and a bit of care. They make very rewarding pets as long as you have the time and space to dedicate to their needs. You'll more than likely have to arrange for their long-term care in advance since they are probably going to outlive you. They are smart, personable and very entertaining. I find that after a long day at work, just sitting outside and watching them eat can calm the nerves of a hectic day.