Tortoise Behavior

Can a tortoise mate with siblings? -

Can Tortoises Mate With Siblings?

Tortoises can mate with siblings but they really should not. While inbreeding in reptiles is not as problematic as in mammals and other animals, nature shows us that there are some serious potential consequences. To increase the chances for healthy offspring, tortoise owners should not allow their tortoises to mate with siblings.

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.

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