Tortoise Behavior

Why do tortoises poop in water? -

Why Do Tortoises Poop In Water?

There is no definitive scientific answer for why tortoises poop in water. One answer is that warm water relaxes a tortoise’s bowels making it easy to release poop. Another possibility is a “hygiene mechanism” in the wild (poop in running water and bye-bye poop!)

How much exercise do tortoises need?

Exactly How Much Exercise Do Tortoises Need?

There is no specific amount of time that tortoises need to exercise. But during the waking summer months, it is good to have your tortoise exercise for at least one hour a day. Try to encourage walking, gentle climbing, and some digging. During the colder months the waking hours for tortoises are reduced significantly (or completely, if hibernating) so exercise will naturally be less.

Can't find my tortoise - How to look for a missing tortoise

Can’t Find Your Tortoise? Here’s What To Do

If your tortoise went missing, here is how and where to go look for them: look for burrows, look under things, inside anything they can crawl into, wait for the morning sun as it might bring the tortoise out of hiding, and alert the neighbors. If all else fails alert relevant authorities in your area, and advertise on Facebook or in your local paper.

How Wild Tortoises Hibernate According to Science -

How Wild Tortoises Hibernate (According to Science)

Hibernation is basically a long, deep sleep to help an animal survive harsh winter conditions. It’s not a traditional sleep where brain activity, digestion, and other bodily functions keep going. It’s a period of torpor, which is inactivity in both body and mind. The body keeps functioning in a hibernating animal but at incredibly slow rates. This reserves energy and sustains the animal until conditions outside the hibernation area are more suitable for life.

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