Saturday, October 26, 2013

Taking Care of the Leopard Tortoise

The Leopard Tortoise is almost extinct, so if you want to have one as a pet, you will have to talk with the local authorities. It will be hard to find a legal source to obtain it. Moreover, the authorities will want to make sure that you can give the tortoise the best conditions. Therefore, before talking with the responsible persons, you need to know how to prepare the habitat for a Leopard Tortoise.

Although the outdoor habitats are preferred, in case you live in an area where the winter is cold, you need to create a space inside the house. The aquarium is not recommended because it does not offer the horizontal surface required.  The space must be of 3-4 square meters, because the Leopard Tortoise can grow to 60 centimeters and even more. The walls must be high enough, preferably one meter. The space will not look so appealing, but you can make it with the help of a professional constructor, and in this case, it will be the little piece of relaxation in your house for your beloved pet.

On the bottom, put stones, soft sand and grass. Some rocks are also required, as the tortoise needs to hide. A small cave is recommended. Make sure that the light is put in a way that leaves the cave completely dark, as this will be the hideout of the tortoise whenever she is overwhelmed by the entire world.

The food for a tortoise is composed of grass, fruits and vegetables. However, the food can cause digestive problems, which will not only affect the pet, but also your senses, as the fecal will smell really ugly.

Heat is important for the Leopard Tortoise, which is used with warm humid areas. An UVB lamp of 100 watts is good, but you must put the shelter in a place that benefits of natural light during the day. Try to find a window and a place where the sunrays can enter the house for more than two or three hours a day, at least during the summer. Try to find lights with timers, so they will turn on only when they are needed. Otherwise, you will forget about it, and you will spend useless energy while the sun shines on your beloved tortoise.

Supplements are also important. The supplements can be bought from the local pet shop. The demand for calcium and minerals is high, especially if the tortoise is young. You should consult a veterinarian to estimate the required quantity of minerals needed.

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