Sep 27, 2013 - I do not believe that any tortoise species can be classified as “easy-to-keep”, but several are better-suited as pets than others
Keeping a turtle or tortoise as a pet is a long-term commitment. A healthy turtle might outlive you, so make arrangements for your pet’s care before the time comes when you may no longer able to care for him.
Tortoises are among the most intelligent and responsive reptile pets that one can own. Their personable demeanor and simple dietary requirements further add to their appeal. However, in addition to the aforementioned positive attributes, there are certain aspects of chelonian care that may prove troublesome for all but the most prepared of keepers.
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Many keepers prefer to "store" their pets in the garage. The tortoise is placed in a stout cardboard box, that is deep enough that it cannot climb out, and is covered with insulating layers of newspaper. The box is placed up off the cement floor in an area free from drafts or rats. If the box is placed in your garage, remember not to run automobile engines because of the risk of poisoning from the fumes. A cool closet is also a safe place for hibernation. Many keepers now prefer a "box-in-box" method, where the inner box is large enough for the tortoise to turn around in which is placed in a larger box 3-5 inches larger with insulating layers of newspapers below and around the inner box. This insulation layer helps maintain more stable temps and is very helpful is utilizing a garage or area that is subject to temperature swings. Utilize a minimum/maximum thermometer and strive to maintain temps at 42 to 55°F; do not keep in an area where temps will stay at 60 to 65°F and above for extended periods of time as it can cause increased metabolism, resulting in excessive water/weight loss and possible illness, even death. Use a minimum/maximum thermometer "weather station/remote sensor" to monitor temps inside AND outside of the box to monitor temps in your chosen location, striving for stability. In the last decade, Burmese mountain tortoises have increased in popularity within the tortoise hobby. Wild-caught imports are available; however, although they may be less expensive, for multiple reasons, these should be avoided. These tortoises are CITES II-protected animals, and any pressure put on wild populations will have a negative impact. This should not be our goal as reptile keepers. Captive-born Burmese mountain tortoises are commonly available, and they make better pets because they are already accustomed to life in captivity. There is also less risk of obtaining a tortoise that may have internal parasites or other health problems.The Leopard Tortoise, officially known as African Leopard Tortoise () can grow to about 2 feet (0.6 m) long and can weigh up to 70 lbs with proper care (and good genes). They make wonderful pets and may live up to 80 years if kept healthy throughout their lives. Available for around $200, it's important to keep your tortoise healthy to ensure a long and happy life.Turtles and tortoises often appeal even to those who would not dream of keeping – or allowing their children to keep – a snake or lizard. Their good reputation as pets is due in part to generally amiable natures and the degree of responsiveness they exhibit to people. But the needs of these interesting reptiles are not always well-understood by first-time owners, and choosing between turtles and tortoises, and among the individual species, can be a daunting task. Today we’ll look at what is involved in turtle and tortoise ownership, so that you can decide which would be best for your particular situation. As always, please post any specific care questions you may have below.