One of the most popular types of tortoise is the Sulculta Tortoise. Yes, there is also the Galapagos Tortoise, but personally, one of our favorites is the sulculta. Sulculta Tortoises are the second biggest in the world. We have a sulculta as well as some other reptiles and snakes. We have tons of advice to give you. Do we label ourselves an expert? When it comes to caring for a pet tortoise, we sure do. Continue reading this article in order to learn what you need to do.
Sulculta tortoises are known for having a long lifespan. They actually have been known to outlive humans! If you want your tortoise to live a long time, you need to understand what responsibilities are included in his care. It is kind of bizarre to think that humans can pass colds on to tortoises. Unfortunately for a tortoise, such a cold could be deadly to him! They also are prone to developing “crust” in their eyes, so you must keep a look out for that.
You can gently handle them when they are young, but when they grow up, they are heavy and can be hard to handle. You can use a colorful edible flower, or a piece of fruit in order to lure them where you need them to be. When they are little, you can keep them in a vivarium, but the sides should not be too deep, because they need an air flow. You can feed them grass from outside, but you need to make sure there are no chemicals. You can also build cages outside for them, but you should always have a top over it, because there are other critters that prey on them. You may even have to have a heat source, depending on the temperature in your area.
When kept outdoors, they should be in areas where there is direct sunlight as well as shade. When you keep them indoors, you need artificial sunlight on them for fourteen hours a day. You can do this by using a full spectrum UVB light. Make sure you change the light routinely as it may appear to be working, but it’s not working like the sun does. Inside, you will need to have a basking light for the little guy. Tortoise care can be very fun and there are lots more stuff you need to know, such as the substrate (soil is best so they can burrow) and the other types of foods they can eat.