Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Breeding and Taking Care of the Land Tortoise

The majority of land tortoises that are kept in captivity are herbivores. While in the wild, they can eat some animal proteins; this is not the base of their diet. Meat can be avoided in captivity, but in this case, it must be replaced with food from the pet store, which contains everything required by a tortoise to survive.

The young land turtle eats every day. The older ones eat once every two days, considering the appetite. During the winter season, the older tortoises will eat once every two or three days.

80% of the diet of a land turtle must be composed of fibers, and 10-20% can be fruits and vegetables. Ideally, during the warm days, the tortoises should be taken on a grass field, where they can eat what they want. Make sure to find a lawn that was not treated with chemical products. This creates a great environment, so the tortoise can enjoy flowers, grass and even worms.

The most suited aliments for a tortoise are cabbage, spinach and lettuce. However, daily alimentation must not be resumed to a single type of vegetables. On the contrary, you can combine those, and you must also change some of them once every two or three days. For the small tortoises, those can be chopped and mixed. It is not recommended too much lettuce for tortoises that are in the growing phase, as this does not contain too much calcium.

Cucumbers and strawberries, as well as apples can be administrated in small portions. The tortoise might like sweet corn, but only in small quantities. Alfalfa is another recommended weed, but only in controlled quantities.

Don’t feed the tortoise with cats or dogs food, unless it is an emergency. The tortoise can live without food for a few days, so it is better to wait for a while and to buy the proper food, instead of risking the health of your beloved pet.

As hard as you would try, you will never be able to offer all the required minerals and good substances for your pet, so it is important to consult the tortoise at the veterinarian at least once or twice a year. The veterinarian will recommend you supplements, minerals and calcium. Moreover, they need access to a source of light. If you choose an indoor habitat, an UV ray is mandatory, but also a dark space in a corner of the pen, so the tortoise could hide when it is scared.

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