Tortoises are among the most highly-prized of all reptile pets. They are mild-mannered, intelligent, and very responsive to people, and many are clad in bright colors and unusual patterns. Charming even to “non-reptile types”, pet tortoises have exceeded 100 years of age, and owners often pass them down from generation to generation. However, it is easy to underestimate their very specific care requirements, and many fail to thrive. Tortoise ownership should not be considered unless you are fully prepared to meet the needs of these fascinating but demanding creatures.