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Origin: This animal originates from parts of Europe.
Size/Longevity: This animal gets 6 to 7 inches in size and can live up to 50 years or more in captivity.
These are a very fascinating animal to own but as they grow they need a fair amount of space to keep. They seem to do well at a temperature of around 77 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. One baby can be kept in just a 20 or 30 gallon tank but as adults they will need a much larger enclosure.
You can decorate the tank with wood, live plant’s, sand & soil substrate and rock’s, this species seems to do best in a tropical type setup with a basking area and some sort of box for a hiding place, a water dish large enough to climb into but the water must be shallow and easy to get in and out. Keep the water clean by changing it every other day; also keep a water spray bottle handy to mist down the setup every 2 to 3 days. You can use a sand soil mix for substrate of about 2 to 4 inches deep.
Temperature/Lighting Requirements :
You want to use low wattage bulbs’ for best results’ to avoid over heating of your’ pet as over heating could cause your’ pet to dehydrate, these animals’ seem to fair well at temperatures of (75 to 85 degrees F.) There should be special attention to soaking tortoises as this will add to the good health and prolonged life of the pet tortoise. If the tortoise is kept inside then other than the basking light you will also need to add a UVB light.
For feeding your’ pet, these animals do well on dark leafy greens such as kale, mustard plants, dandelion, collard and turnip greens, you can very seldom offer some fruit but very sparingly.