Acquired: Pet store
Maryland, United States
Posted May 06, 2015
I owned a tortoise, Terpy (we are from Maryland, obviously), for about 5 years before moving and giving him to my parents. He is a very fun tortoise with a lot of personality. He enjoys his morning bath, where he plays in the water. Afterwards he enjoys his breakfast of mixed greens and absolutely loves his grape tomatoes, diced. He also receives of a bit of ‘turtle feed’ to make sure that he is getting the proper dose of vitamins and minerals. Terpy’s breed of tortoise is the Yellow Foot Tortoise, originally from South America. He is a spunky little tortoise who loves to wander around the house. He has a terrarium where he sleeps at night, but during the warmer months he spends most of his days outside, in our fenced in backyard. During winter we keep him indoors, and provide him with his UV light to keep him healthy. His terrarium is very easy to maintain. He has a box for him to hide in when he has had enough light, and plenty of grass for him to wander around in. He is also a very gentle creature, he actually enjoys being picked up and loves his head pet.
With all pets it is important to take care of their health. We do this with regular checkups at the veterinarian’s office, as well as keeping an eye out for any unusual behavior with Terpy. It is important to really get to know your pet so that you can spot when they are acting out of the ordinary. These tortoises are really great in any environment, however, I would recommend that if you have very young children, to not let them handle these tortoises for a couple of reasons. First, the children may be too young to understand how fragile they really are. A drop, even from two feet for these little guys, can be deadly. Secondly, tortoises carry a lot of bacteria, such as Salmonella. For this reason it is suggested for handlers of all ages to wash their hands after handling a tortoise. These little guys make amazingly fun and interesting pets. With proper care they can live for decades and be a real permanent member of the family.