How To Look After Baby Tortoise

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how to care for baby tortoises hello and

welcome to videojug we've come to a mizu

to show how to keep and care for baby

tortoises this film has been prepared

with the advice and expertise of Marc

Amy who's been caring for exotic pets

for 34 years tortoises are slow but that

doesn't mean they're easy to look after

Herman's tortoises are the most popular

species they grow to 20 centimeters in

can live for a hundred years

tortoises are solitary animals so it's

best to keep just one males may bite or

but females females can be kept together

but may be aggressive when pregnant

step one buying your tortoise buy your

tortoise from a reputable breeder or a

pet shop don't buy them over the

internet as they may be sent to you in

the post and won't be kept in safe

conditions if your tortoise has been

legally bred it will come with a sales

certificate known as article 10 of the

Convention on International trade in

endangered species if you buy an adult

tortoise the certificate will state your

pet is be microchipped step 2 housing

imbedding keep your baby tortoise in a

well ventilated glass or wooden tank

called a vivarium it should measure

about 90 centimeters by 45 by 45

use a spotlight and adjust the wattage

to provide a basking area of 35 to 40

degrees during the day

your baby tortoise will need a UV light

with 5% UVB which should be kept on for

10 hours in winter and 14 hours in

summer and replaced every six months the

rest of the enclosure should be kept at

20 to 25 degrees during the day and 15

degrees at night fit a thermometer to

check the temperature the floor should

be lined with substrates such as alfalfa

pellets newspaper or paper towels

include a hide or bark for shade and for

climbing step 3 handling pick your

tortoise up by holding either side of

the shell and stretching your fingers

underneath to support the body wash your

hands after handling your tortoise to

reduce the risk of spreading salmonella

step four diet feed your baby tortoise

every day with fresh plants flowers and

leafy vegetables such as cabbage spinach

and dandelions dust the food with

vitamin and calcium supplements two or

three times a week some flowers are

toxic to tortoises so ask your vet which

ones to avoid you can also include a

small amount of fruit your pet will also

need a constant supply of clean drinking

water use a wide shallow dish so it can

drink and bathe without the risk of

drowning step 5

exercise and play tortoises can get

enough exercise on their own in a

suitable enclosure a good way to

interact with your pet is to feed it by


don't put your tortoise on its back as

it may have difficulty turning over

step 6 cleaning clean out tortoise feces

every other day clean the entire

enclosure and change the substrate every

five to six weeks

step seven health tortoises should have

few health problems if they are cared

for properly look out for shell

distortion or softness as this could be

a sign of vitamin or calcium deficiency

make sure the plants in the enclosure

are free from pesticides consult your

vet if your pet loses its appetite or if

its species aren't dark and firm

tortoises should be microchip by a vet

when the base of the shell reaches ten

centimeters in length which will be at

about four years old at this age they

will need an outdoor enclosure during

the summer and will hibernate in winter

consult your vet beforehand for advice

and to check your tortoises the correct

size and weight enjoy your tortoise