- Ideal for children 12 & up
- Lives approximately 50 years
Did you know that tortoises have been on the earth for more than 200 million years? That means the distant relative of that cute little shelled reptile you're considering adding to your family walked the earth at the very same time as dinosaurs! Along with their interesting history, tortoises have excellent eyesight and a keen sense of smell. They're fun to care for and fascinating to watch, making them popular pets for families and hobbyists alike.
Things to remember
Lifting & handling
Wait 3-4 days for your pet to adjust to his new surrounding. The try holding him for short amounts of time, and offering food by hand.
Russian tortoises need to live in a temperate, moderately humid environment; greek tortoises need to live in a warm, dry environment.
Allow your tortoise to roam in the yard or house under close, constant supervision a few times a week.
Tortoises are herbivores and eat only plant matter; mostly vegetables and some fruits.
"Dust" the food with calcium supplement twice a week - ask an associate for details.
Tortoises are active during the day and sleep at night.
Use a 40-gallon or larger, glass terrarium with a screen top for ventilation, or, use a waterproof container, at least 2' x 4', with 1.5'- 2' high sides. Be sure to provide a hiding place large enough for your tortoise to be completely concealed.
Visit our Turtle and tortoise guide to learn more about the traits and behaviors that make tortoises great pets, plus find care information and the products you'll need to keep them healthy and happy.
PetSmart offers several different types of tortoises. Contact your local PetSmart to find out which ones they carry. Here's some information to help you make an educated decision about which tortoise species will best fit your family.
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