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    How to look after a Tortoise

    Articlepet health guidesTuesday 21 May 2013
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    Tortoises make amazing pets and we love them. Many people shy away from them however as they do not know how to properly look after them. In this guide we will explain some key tips into looking after one.
     
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    • Tortoises vary in size hugely. Some are a few centre metres while others are two meters.
    • They are shielded from predators by their shells.
    • They are generally reclusive animals.
    • Their lifespan is generally said to be similar to humans however they can reach to be 150 years old.
    • Most tortoises are herbivores that feed on grass, weeds and flowers.
    1.The first thing you should do when getting a new tortoise is to check whether it is healthy or not. Tortoises are especially good at hiding their illnesses so it is very hard to know what the problem is. A vet with the right qualifications will not exactly what to do and will help immensely.
     
    2.Do you need a vivarium? One of these is useful to have as young tortoises often like to explore and they can get lost. If you do decide to go ahead then make it as good as possible as this will be there home. Make sure you provide a cover so it can sleep and also fresh water. Remember that tortoises like around 10 hours of light a day so if you choose a vivarium then you may need to provide artificial light. On the other hand Older tortoises should be kept in perhaps a greenhouse so they have easy access too food and do not have to move around the garden too much.
     
    3.Add variety to the diet of your tortoise. Don’t just be boring and feed it lettuce. Provide it with an array of foods such as cabbage, carrots and sometimes tomato. As a treat you could give it grapes or berries. Always check with a vet if you are unsure about a certain food type.
     
    4.Make sure you keep your tortoise away from other animals and pets. Even though their rigid shells are there to protect them they can get seriously damaged.
     
    5.Be extremely careful when handling a tortoise. Never drop one. If there shell breaks then they will die. You should also never tap or mess around with the shell of a tortoise. They are attached very closely to the spine and any touches can cause immense pain.
     
    Source: Wikihow
     
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