How easy is it to look after a tortoise?
Things You'll Need
- A large enough enclosure.
- Lamps that emit heat and UV light. ( For indoor enclosures)
- Well-balanced foods.
- Water to soak/bathe the tortoise, to maintain their enclosure's humidity and to keep the substrate underneath moist.
- Hiding/sleeping place(s) for them.
- A water dish.
Keep in mind that your pet will mostly interact with you only at feeding time. Though cute, turtles and tortoises do not make good pets for children, especially because they can transmit salmonella. If you do choose to purchase a turtle or tortoise, choose the species carefully.
- Tortoise and turtle. Turtles will usually return to the same beach where they hatched to lay their eggs. Tortoises live on land. They cannot swim in water while turtles can swim and even float in water.
- Other Turtle Species With Long Lifespans. Other species of wild turtles and tortoises have even longer lifespans than pet turtles. Some tortoises can reach or surpass 100 years in terms of their longevity, with sea tortoises approaching similar numbers.
- Turtles carry salmonella. Salmonella isn't just a food-borne illness; turtles and other reptiles carry salmonella bacteria, which can be easily transmitted to people. A small turtle may seem harmless, giving parents a false sense that they're a safe pet for children.
- <strong>Average Life Span: Over 200 Years</strong> One hundred may be old for humans -- and tortoises -- but it's nothing for the bowhead whale. In fact, he's only middle-aged at that point in his astoundingly long life. This species of whale can live for over 200 years.
- Also known as the Arctic whale, the bowhead is by far the longest living mammal on Earth. Some bowhead whales have been found with the tips of ivory spears still lodged in their flesh from failed attempts by whalers 200 years ago. The oldest known bowhead whale was at least 211 years old.
- Tortoises generally have one of the longest lifespans of any animal, and some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years. Because of this, they symbolize longevity in some cultures, such as China.
Updated: 2nd October 2019