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How much space does a spur thighed tortoise need?

How much space does a spur thighed tortoise need?

The vivarium should be at least 860mm (34″) in length for a juvenile and 1150mm (46″) for an adult. The enclosure needs to be hot at one end, but have enough distance for the temperature to drop at the cool end.

How big does a tortoise pen need to be?

The size of a tortoises’ enclosure should be at least 3 times the length of its shell and 4 times its width. Large species, such as the Sulcata tortoises (10 x 10 feet), desert tortoises (6 x 3 feet), red-foot tortoises (8 x 4 feet), and leopard tortoises (10 x 8 feet), need additional room.

How big do spur thigh tortoises get?

The largest of the subspecies can grow to 24-28cm. On average, an adult female can reach approximately 22cm while males are smaller and may only reach 18cm. When juvenile, these tortoises must be housed in a wooden vivarium to maintain the levels of heat they need.

Can spur thighed tortoises live outside?

Mediterranean tortoises, such as Hermanns and Spur Thighs as well as Russian Tortoises and other asian varieties can, in theory, be left to hibernate outdoors throughout the winter.

How long does a spur thigh tortoise live?

70 to 100 years
The average size of these tortoises is 8 inches in length (20 cm). The main habitat groups for this tortoise are the dry Mediterranean forests and semi-arid scrubland of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Iran, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. It is thought that this species can live for 70 to 100 years.

Do I need to line my tortoise table?

Do I need to line the floor of the tortoise table? It is best to line the table with a waterproof liner before adding the substrate. Cover the base of the table and several inches of the side walls with the liner which should be fixed at a higher level than the depth of the substrate.

How close should heat lamp be to tortoise?

Don’t fit the heat lamp less than 4 inches away from your tortoise, or your tortoise could get burnt.

How big is a 1 year old spur-thighed tortoise?

seven inches
Healthy tortoises will reach seven inches at one year old and gain five to ten pounds each year. They are very slow growers and won’t reach their adult size until 15 to 20 years old. However, they will become large tortoises. An adult sulcata is very different from the baby tortoises you started with.

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