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Innovative Tortoise Housing and Ideal Set-Up and Care Information

Tortoises Information

Find your ideal tortoise set-up ideas and solutions based on;

  • The natural habitat of your tortoise 
  • Ideas for keeping your tortoises warm enough when cooler than their natural climate
  • Keeping your energy costs down

  


Mediterranean Tortoises

Temperature range: 10 - 30 degrees Celsius

Humidity: Moderately dry - tortoises found on hard-packed soil or drier low-fertility grass meadows

​Natural UV levels: Moderate equivalent approximately UVB 5% - tortoises typically hide from the sun during the hottest part of the day

Typical tortoise species are;

Hermann, Spur-Thigh (T. Ibera), Horsefields (Russian or Afghan Steppe), Marginated

Go to our Mediterranean tortoises page for details of recommended housing by clicking on the links or using the top menu 


Tropical Tortoises

Temperature range: 20 - 35 degrees C - due to the constant high humidity typically 27-29 degrees Celsius

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity - tortoises found on moist soil, leaf-litter or grass meadows typical of South America and parts of fertile parts of  Asia

​Natural UV levels: Moderate to high equivalent approximately UVB 5-10% - tortoises typically live in areas that are partially protected from the sun most of the time to prevent dehydration such as forest floors or well established grassland

Typical tortoise species are;

Redfoot, Yellow-Foot, Cherry-head, Chacos, Bell hinged, Indian stars, Radiated Stars, Galapagos Aldabra tortoises

Go to our Tropical tortoises page for details of recommended housing by clicking on the links or using the top menu


African Tortoises

Temperature range: 20 - 50 degrees Celsius

Humidity: Low to high humidity - tortoises found on everything from sand dunes through to environments like tropical tortoises in the fertile areas and grasslands, however they are all adapted for drier environments than Tropical tortoises and typically have lower-fertility grass-based diets similar to Mediterrranean.

​Natural UV levels: Moderate to high equivalent approximately UVB 5-10% - tortoises typically live in areas that are partially protected from the sun most of the time to prevent dehydration such as forest floors or well established grassland.

Typical tortoise species are;

Leopard (G. Pardalis), Sulcatas (G. Sulcata) Giant African Spur-Thighs, Egyptian (F. Nabulensis or T. Kleinmanni), Tunisian Spur-Thighs (T. Gracea), Algerian or Moroccan Spur-Thigh (F. Whitei)

Go to our African tortoises page for details of recommended housing by clicking on the links or using the top menu

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