If you have a tortoise or are thinking about buying one, you will probably be wondering if they can live outside or whether you should keep them indoors? Fortunately, at least for some part of the year your tortoise should be very happy to live outside as long as you pay attention to the important details for them.
As members of the Chelonian reptile family, turtles, tortoises and terrapins are related. The difference between tortoises and turtles is that tortoises are herbivores that live on land while turtles are omnivores that live in the sea. Terrapins are one type of small turtle that lives in brackish water.
A pet tortoise is not likely to survive in the wild because it is difficult to adapt to the new environment. Many tortoises released into the wild may catch a disease, get attacked by a predator, starve to death, or freeze to death. Even if they survived, a new tortoise may cause problems to the local ecosystem.
It’s worth having tortoise insurance if you don’t have large savings that can cover an emergency. Vet bills and medicine can quickly add up. However, you’re likely to spend more money on the insurance policy over the lifetime of your tortoise than you get back in benefits so if you can set some money aside, tortoise insurance is not worth it.
Tortoises are excellent pets and it’s only right to feel a little concern if you find your tortoise might not be in perfect health, but is it a natural process when a tortoise’s shell peels or is something more sinister going on? “My tortoise shell is peeling” – Should I be worried? A tortoise regularly …