This small tortoise seldom reaching more than 10cm in length is very well adapted to a dry arid habitat. Although very closely related to Mediterranean species, Horsfield tortoises are very different and should be carefully managed as more intolerant to wet weather. Horsfields are small, dorsally compressed with an almost spherical carapace. Another common name for this species is the "four clawed" tortoise since it only has four claws on each foot.
Horsfield tortoises are strictly herbivores and require a diet rich in fibre to thrive in captivity. In the wild they do not feed on grass and typically forage on plants toxic to grazing animals, thus avoiding competition with them. In captivity care must be taken not to over feed ,Wild flowers and fibrous weeds of as many different varieties as possible should make up the bulk of their diet, mixed with moistened Pre-Alpin cobs to help make up the shortfall in fibre and a dusting of a suitable calcium supplement. Fruit should never be feed to this species as this can cause digestive upset and makes them more prone to parasitic infection. A good diet we have found includes: Dandelion (leaves and flowers but do not use these as a sole source of nutrition, remember its variety that is the key to a good diet), sow thistle, plantain, clover, bramble, rose petals, hawk weeds, the list is endless! A good calcium supplemen carbonate powder are added to their diet daily. Water is always available in small shallow trays just big enough for them to get into. These are changed and cleaned daily. Horsfields can also be soaked in shallow water once or twice a week
An adult female tortoise can grow to be eight inches in length and is slightly bigger than a full-grown adult male.
Housing and Susbtrate
Horsfields should be treated more like a tropical species and must have access to a large heated area, and good access to outdoors in suitable weather.
Provide a deep slightly damp substrate of loamy top soil and play pit sand (about 25% sand and 75% topsoil).This should be at least as deep as the tortoises to allow for natural borrowing activity.
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Red foot Tortoise
A popular pet with striking shell colorings, red-footed turtles are long-lived and relatively easy to care for. They're sort of the stereotypical-looking tortoise, with a large shell that has markings on its top portions
- Latin Name: Chelonoidis carbonaria
- Ease of Care: Beginner/Intermediate
- Behaviour: Diurnal
- Breeding: Captive Bred
- Diet: Omnivore
- Environment: Tropical
- Country of Origin: South America
In the wild, red-footed tortoises are omnivores and eat a wider range of foods than many other tortoises do. It is very important to not overfeed these tortoises with animal protein though. One very small serving of moistened low-fat cat food or lean meat (roughly one ounce for a full grown red-footed tortoise) every other week is plenty of animal protein if you feel the need to offer it to your tortoise.
A variety of fresh, dark, leafy greens such as dandelion greens, endive, mustard greens, and escarole (but be sure to monitor the calcium to phosphorous ratios of these greens). Other vegetables and fruits should also be part of this tortoise's diet; red-footed tortoises tolerate fruit better than many other species. A calcium and vitamin D3 supplement should be used a few times a week.
This species is native to tropical areas and prefers a humid climate. A sturdy, escape-proof enclosure can be provided outdoors and a sprinkler or mister can be used to increase the humidity if needed. A muddy wallow will be used by the tortoise as will a pan of clean water.
Ideally, a red-footed tortoise will have an area densely planted with vegetation for a cool retreat. A doghouse-type shelter can be used for adult red-footed tortoises; it should be heated if nighttime temperatures drop below 65 or 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Daytime temperatures can safely reach up to 95 degrees.
The walls of the enclosure should be about 16 inches high and also go a few inches below the ground to prevent your red-footed tortoise from digging and escaping.
A pan of water should be provided at all times for your red-footed tortoise to walk into and the enclosure should be kept humid. A hide should be placed at the cool end of the enclosure to allow your tortoise a place to retreat.
Light and Temperature
A UVA/UVB light is necessary for an indoor enclosure since your tortoise won't be exposed to unfiltered sunlight inside. The enclosure should also be heated using special heat bulbs. A basking spot of 95 degrees should be provided with the daytime thermal gradient getting no lower than 80 degrees.
If the tortoises enclosure drops below 70 degrees at night, it could put the animal at risk for developing a respiratory infection or hypothermia
Cypress bark as a substrate helps retain humidity although paper will also work and is easy to clean.
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