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How to care for tortoises and turtles

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Land tortoises can make great pets and if you’ve decided to get one, you can make it live a long and happy life with some simple care. While ideally you should follow your veterinarian’s advice, there are also some things you can do to keep your tortoise healthy and well cared for.

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  • Terrarium. If you do not have a garden, you will need a terrarium for your tortoise. It does not need to be tall but it does need to be wide. The substrate must be of large particles to avoid being eaten. It is also important to maintain hygiene and that the space is clean and dry. You should place it near a window with direct light and ventilation, but if this is not possible, you will have to place artificial sources of heat and light. In addition, the space must have a place where the tortoise can hide and hibernate during the winter.
  • Water and sun. Turtles need to have clean and fresh water at all times. It would also be nice if they could have a source of running water. As for the sun, it is necessary for at least 15 minutes a day. This is the way they fix calcium for their shell.
  • Exercise. The ideal for a tortoise is to live freely in a garden. In this way, she will be able to go for walks herself and choose the places where she likes to sunbathe and hibernate. But if this is not possible, try to take your tortoise out of the terrarium for walking and exercise. This will be very beneficial to your health.
  • Feeding. It is recommended that tortoises have a high-fiber diet. You can include grass, plants, flowers, vegetables, raw meat, worms and fruits with the exception of citrus fruits. You can also choose foods specially formulated for tortoises and see which one they like best.

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