@findiviglio continues his discussion of the Best Pet Tortoises, with a discussion of and introductory care sheet for the Greek Tortoise.   

The Best Pet Tortoise: Golden Greek or Greek Tortoise:

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.  I do not believe that any tortoise species can be classified as “easy-to-keep”, but several are better-suited as pets than others.  I’ve covered on of these, the Russian Tortoise (Testudo horsfieldi), in an earlier article (read article here).  The Greek Tortoise (T. graeca), while interesting enough for the most seasoned hobbyist, may also be the best pet tortoise, and an ideal choice for first-time keepers.  Topping out at 8 inches in length, captive-bred individuals are readily available.  They are as personable as any of their relatives, and decades of popularity among European keepers has left us with a good understanding of their needs. I’ll summarize these in the following article, and will also draw from my own experiences with this and related species during my long career at the Bronx Zoo.

Read the whole Article! 

I HAVE A REALLY BIG IMPORTANT QUESTION??

tort-time:

spookybuttocks:

my tortoise (espárrago, a 9 year old  Chelonoidis Chilensis, i rescued him when he was 5) has been having trouble pooping, i took him to the vet about two weeks ago because he seemed sad and didn’t want to leave his house, when normally we would walk all day, they told me it was just a humidity problem (because of the wildfires that happened near where i live) and that it would be solved if i soaked him everyday for ten to fifteen minutes, when i asked to which temperature the water had to be the vet told me to just use the water “as it comes from the faucet” (im translating here dudes, sorry if that doesn’t make sense, basically she told me to not heat the water) and that’s what i did, i also give him more humid vegetables (apart from snails and all that) but i think he might have gotten sick because the water was too cold? is that possible? i haven’t seen him poop in like a week and today he really tried but she couldn’t and i just didn’t know how to help him 

my mum is hospitalized right now so im living alone and i have to pay the bills with the little money we have left from when she could work, my dad just gives me 30.000 pesos (about 57 dolars) so i cannot take him to the vet right now, there is only one vet in my city that knows how to treat earth tortoises, and it isn’t cheap, so please in anyone knows what can be happening, please, pleas tell me. 

to finish, here is a picture of him chillin’ in his hand made tortoise pool:

image

Ok, so I am not a vet, and my only experience with Chelonoids Chilensis is the stories my mom told me about her tortoise, Colita, that she had growing up in Buenos Aires. 

That said, I have dealt with poo concerns with zoya and the first thing I’d say is to use warmer water during soaks. It was described to me as hot  ”Baby bath” water. it should be on the ‘hot’ side but not too hot to touch. The heat can stimulate defecation.  If he’s already blocked up the soaks can help but won’t solve the problem.

You should make sure he has a place to bask that’s warm enough and that the temperatures in his enclosure are warm enough too. Cold temperatures slow down metabolism, and thus pooping doesn’t happen.

I’d also say to stick more with greens and increase the amount of fiber in his diet. Adding some hay copped up to the greens can also help with fiber and push poo through. Adding some pumpkin puree (just a small amount with NO additives) can help with fiber intake. Its a very temporary thing to do, however, so keep that in mind. 

I know there are some Chaco tortoise owners on http://www.tortoiseforum.org/ and they might be able to help more. 

Espero que esta información ayude espárrago. Envíenos un mensaje si podemos ayudar con cualquier otra cosa y para díganos cómo es su salud

(my spanish is pretty bad these days)

Reblogging to see if anyone else has some suggestions for Assparigus or his human???

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I HAVE A REALLY BIG IMPORTANT QUESTION??

spookybuttocks:

my tortoise (espárrago, a 9 year old  Chelonoidis Chilensis, i rescued him when he was 5) has been having trouble pooping, i took him to the vet about two weeks ago because he seemed sad and didn’t want to leave his house, when normally we would walk all day, they told me it was just a humidity problem (because of the wildfires that happened near where i live) and that it would be solved if i soaked him everyday for ten to fifteen minutes, when i asked to which temperature the water had to be the vet told me to just use the water “as it comes from the faucet” (im translating here dudes, sorry if that doesn’t make sense, basically she told me to not heat the water) and that’s what i did, i also give him more humid vegetables (apart from snails and all that) but i think he might have gotten sick because the water was too cold? is that possible? i haven’t seen him poop in like a week and today he really tried but she couldn’t and i just didn’t know how to help him 

my mum is hospitalized right now so im living alone and i have to pay the bills with the little money we have left from when she could work, my dad just gives me 30.000 pesos (about 57 dolars) so i cannot take him to the vet right now, there is only one vet in my city that knows how to treat earth tortoises, and it isn’t cheap, so please in anyone knows what can be happening, please, pleas tell me. 

to finish, here is a picture of him chillin’ in his hand made tortoise pool:

image

Ok, so I am not a vet, and my only experience with Chelonoids Chilensis is the stories my mom told me about her tortoise, Colita, that she had growing up in Buenos Aires. 

That said, I have dealt with poo concerns with zoya and the first thing I’d say is to use warmer water during soaks. It was described to me as hot  ”Baby bath” water. it should be on the ‘hot’ side but not too hot to touch. The heat can stimulate defecation.  If he’s already blocked up the soaks can help but won’t solve the problem.

You should make sure he has a place to bask that’s warm enough and that the temperatures in his enclosure are warm enough too. Cold temperatures slow down metabolism, and thus pooping doesn’t happen.

I’d also say to stick more with greens and increase the amount of fiber in his diet. Adding some hay copped up to the greens can also help with fiber and push poo through. Adding some pumpkin puree (just a small amount with NO additives) can help with fiber intake. Its a very temporary thing to do, however, so keep that in mind. 

I know there are some Chaco tortoise owners on http://www.tortoiseforum.org/ and they might be able to help more. 

Espero que esta información ayude espárrago. Envíenos un mensaje si podemos ayudar con cualquier otra cosa y para díganos cómo es su salud

(my spanish is pretty bad these days)

turtlefeed:

supersalvarul:

I’m sorry that my turtle is so majestic. 

I can’t even handle this photoset. Can’t. Even. Handle. 

Thie existence of this.. Its freakin’ majestic. magnificent. shelltastic!  This isn’t a turtle star in the making, this is a turtle star happening. Look upon these images, then go and look upon the other photos of this turtle. You will be better for it. Even Zoya (who likes to think she’s got pet star down.. has a lot to learn from this turtle).

 Unrelated…Is that a Bruins shirt I spy?  

This = Perfection. ALWAYS reblog. 

turtlefeed:

supersalvarul:

I’m sorry that my turtle is so majestic. 

I can’t even handle this photoset. Can’t. Even. Handle. 

Thie existence of this.. Its freakin’ majestic. magnificent. shelltastic!  This isn’t a turtle star in the making, this is a turtle star happening. Look upon these images, then go and look upon the other photos of this turtle. You will be better for it. Even Zoya (who likes to think she’s got pet star down.. has a lot to learn from this turtle).

 Unrelated…Is that a Bruins shirt I spy?  

This = Perfection. ALWAYS reblog. 

turtlefeed:

supersalvarul:

I’m sorry that my turtle is so majestic. 

I can’t even handle this photoset. Can’t. Even. Handle. 

Thie existence of this.. Its freakin’ majestic. magnificent. shelltastic!  This isn’t a turtle star in the making, this is a turtle star happening. Look upon these images, then go and look upon the other photos of this turtle. You will be better for it. Even Zoya (who likes to think she’s got pet star down.. has a lot to learn from this turtle).

 Unrelated…Is that a Bruins shirt I spy?  

This = Perfection. ALWAYS reblog. 

turtlefeed:

supersalvarul:

I’m sorry that my turtle is so majestic. 

I can’t even handle this photoset. Can’t. Even. Handle. 

Thie existence of this.. Its freakin’ majestic. magnificent. shelltastic!  This isn’t a turtle star in the making, this is a turtle star happening. Look upon these images, then go and look upon the other photos of this turtle. You will be better for it. Even Zoya (who likes to think she’s got pet star down.. has a lot to learn from this turtle).

 Unrelated…Is that a Bruins shirt I spy?  

This = Perfection. ALWAYS reblog. 

thedailyfrodo:

Frodo is conspiring against the lamp.

Are you sure its not a special tortoise to tortoise communication device? If the noms happen in a pattern we might wanna start paying attention.  

also? TORTIE TONGUE!

thedailyfrodo:

Frodo is conspiring against the lamp.

Are you sure its not a special tortoise to tortoise communication device? If the noms happen in a pattern we might wanna start paying attention.  

also? TORTIE TONGUE!

terricthedemondog:

Sitting here watching Maury with Turtle, my tortoise. Insomnia rocks.

Aww Turtle the tortoise looks like he won a prize getting to stay up late with the humans 😀

terricthedemondog:

Sitting here watching Maury with Turtle, my tortoise. Insomnia rocks.

Aww Turtle the tortoise looks like he won a prize getting to stay up late with the humans 😀

Looks like Samson is happy to be home, but enjoyed his adventures a little too. How can you resist this pose? 

(Source: MyFoxPhilly.com)

CASA GRANDE, AZ –

A giant tortoise in Arizona proves that slow and steady really does win the race!

18-year-old Samson the Tortoise escaped from his owners’ casa Grande home in November 2012. The owners say the 100-pound sulcata tortoise wandered out through an open gate after finding some alfalfa.

He roamed around for a while before someone found him 30 miles away from the home in Hidden Valley. Samson was then taken to a Maricopa foster home.

After an online posting, and a microchip in his leg, he was returned back to his owners The Plumb Family.

Mary Plumb says someone who took care of the animals, who was out in the yard, left a gate open.

13-year-old Charles Plum is thrilled to have Samson back home.

“I was coming in and my parents told me we got the tortoise back and so I just dropped my backpack and ran over here,” Charles said.

The Plumbs not only have 18 tortoises, but they take care of chickens, dozens of peacocks, tarantulas, pet snakes, 20 guinea fowls and an alpaca.

Mary says she couldn’t wait to feed Samson his favorite food apples.