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Wholesale Desert Tortoises for sale Easy To Care For! — Large selection of desert tortoises for sale native to Africa but bred in captivity and easy to care for. These reptiles are hardy and will eat grass, hay, lettuce, and vegetables. African spurred tortoises require little water and will do well outdoors in USDA Zones 7b-11. The juveniles less than 7 years old can be grown indoors with proper lighting and care. Desert tortoises love a dry desert climate and the hotter the better. Whether grown indoors or outside these easy to care for reptiles are quite spectacular. We have Desert Tortoises For Sale that are extremely easy care for and propagation is a cinch. In the wild reptiles such as the desert tortoise have the ability to survive periods of drought and extreme heat when food and water may be absent by entering a state of aestivation which is similar to hibernation. March generally marks the month when desert tortoises emerge from their burrows to feed on seasonal wildflowers and perennial plants. Unseasonably warm spells in winter may induce the tortoises to emerge to drink or feed for a few days until chilly weather drives them back underground. Likewise, cool spring weather may delay their emergence. If you have a pet tortoise do not release it back to the wild as it is domestic and cannot survive without human care. Instead we have listed websites that will buy desert tortoises online plus we have listed public and private reptile rescue organizations that are happy to be of assistance at no charge to the owner. If you decide to keep your pets outside we provide instructions on setting up a well-planted and spacious outdoor pens that have been seeded with appropriate vegetation that approximates that found in their natural habitats that also has good shade, a sandy area for sun bathing, a stable drinking water dish, plant native plants and grasses and weed out non-native invasive toxic plants. and a man made cave or burrow. Like other reptiles, the desert tortoise is cold-blooded. To survive in the desert, the tortoise estivates (remains underground in its burrow) during the hottest times of the day in the summer and hibernates (sleeps underground in its burrow) through the winter. Tortoises come out in the spring to eat grasses and wildflowers and drink water from the spring rains (although they obtain most of their water from the plants they eat). They store water within themselves and use it through the dry months while water is not available. In the spring, they socialize and look for mates. At other times of the year they are less active above ground. In the wild, tortoises tend to be browsers. They wander over quite a wide area and in the process take small quantities of a very wide variety of seasonally available food. Some species are known to consume up to 200 different kinds of plants during the year. The exact combination of plants, and their status, young, fresh and succulent or old and dry, varies seasonally. The habitat and diet of a desert tortoise can be comprised almost exclusively of leaves and flowers for part of the year, changing to a diet heavily biased in favour of fallen fruits later in the year. In the case of Sulcata arid habitat species, food availability often peaks during early spring, but is sharply reduced during the very hot summers experienced in such zones. In response, the tortoises may enter a state of estivation to conserve energy, ceasing all normal activity at such times. A tortoise’s diet changes continually throughout the year. From a fairly high moisture and protein content in spring, to a very dry, and often lower protein content later on. By wandering over a wide area, and by consuming such a variety of foods, tortoises ensure that their overall intake is well-balanced and can supply the essential mineral trace elements that they require for reproduction and healthy bone development. Even the best captive diets tend to be very restricted when compared to these natural feeding patterns.

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This website was first established on the internet in 2004 in an effort to provide a service that is desperately needed. Too many reptiles get sick, perish, or are abandoned because of the lack of resources or adequate information regarding the care and diet of the desert tortoise. We offer information on habitat, lighting systems, growth and development, care of baby hatchlings, dietary patterns, vitamins and supplements. Just click on Pictures of African Desert Tortoise for easy viewing. African Sulcatas tend to be found in regions where the soils are relatively rich in calcium and other essential trace elements. They also have free access to sunlight for basking. Natural sunlight contains UV-B radiation which is required by the tortoise to internally synthesize vitamin-D3. This is required to enable it to use the calcium it consumes in its food. Without an adequate level of D3, this calcium is useless for building bones. In order to synthesize D3 properly, both UV-B radiation and radiant heat is required. For more on this subject see the ‘Reptile Lighting’ article referenced above. True rain forest species obviously cannot and do not bask to the same extent as species from deserts or plains. Their diets tend to be very different, in that such species are usually omnivores. Much of the vitamin D3 component they require is met from the animal component of their diets. They are therefore far less dependent upon basking than exclusive herbivores. This is merely one example of how environmental factors influence diet, and vice versa. Desert Tortoises have quite a high demand for calcium in their diets, especially when undergoing rapid growth (a juvenile, for example) or in the case of egg-laying females. Such animals tend to actively seek out extra calcium to meet these needs. If it is not available, they can rapidly suffer deficiencies. If an African Desert Tortoise is raised on a high protein diet to promote rapid growth. The diet is also seriously calcium deficient. Instead of developing a normal, rounded carapace shape, it developed the typical lumpy, flattened form characteristic of MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)

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