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How big can a pet tortoise get?

Last Updated: 5th January, 2020

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The African Spur-thighed tortoise(Geochelonesulcata) is the most popular bigger speciesoftortoise available in captivity. They can grow upto36 inches in length which is something that should definitelybekept in mind before purchasing a hatchling as their lifetime setupneeds reflect their adult size!

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Keeping this in consideration, can you have a giant tortoise as a pet?

Sulcata tortoises are big tortoises and reallydonot make ideal pets due to their lengthy lifespan.But ifyou find yourself with one as a pet, theydohave very specific requirements to keep them healthy andhappyand you'll find that they make veryfuncompanions.

Subsequently, question is, what is the smallest tortoise for a pet? Russian Tortoise (Testudo[Agrionemys]horsfieldii) A popular pet tortoise, Russiantortoisesare one of the most readily availabletortoise species. Theyare small, making them easy formost people with limitedspace to keep.

Beside above, how big does tortoise get?

African spurred tortoise: 70–100 lbs Gopher tortoise: 12 lbs Speckled cape tortoise: 3.4–5.8 oz

How big does a Hermann's tortoise get?

7.5 inches

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What is the best tortoise to have as a pet?

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  3. Red-footed tortoise.
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Most, if not all, reptilescarrySalmonella bacteria in their intestinal tract and mayshedthese bacteria in their faeces. Salmonella bacteriausuallydo not cause any illness in reptiles, but cancauseserious illness in people. Many if not all, reptilesincaptivity have been found tocarrySalmonella.

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Is Turtle a good pet?

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Do tortoises bite?

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Do tortoises love their owners?

Shells have nerve endings, so tortoises canfeelevery rub, pet, or scratch and sometimes theyloveit.

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What does a tortoise need in its cage?

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Can you keep a tortoise indoors?

While keeping a tortoise indoors is notthepreferred option, you can select the right type ofenclosureto make it more acceptable. Except for certaincircumstances(hatchlings, ill tortoises, tortoisesnot healthyenough to hibernate), keeping tortoises indoorsis the leastdesirable option.

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What is the lifespan of a pet tortoise?

But tortoises can live a very long time(anywherefrom 50 to 100 years). If you take one as a pet, bepreparedto provide a lifetime of care and consider thatyourpet might even outlive you if you choose to keep one asapet.

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How old does a tortoise live?

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Are giant tortoises dangerous?

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Where should a tortoise be placed in the house?

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How often do you feed a tortoise?

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Do I need to hibernate my tortoise?

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What are some tortoises that stay small?

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  • Greek Tortoises.
  • Hermann's Tortoises.
  • Egyptian Tortosies.
  • Poaching Wild Tortoises.