Tortoises are among the most easily found reptiles which can inspire curiosity and fascination in reptile keepers young and old alike. Whether it’s their slow yet determined nature or their built in defense/house that they carry on their backs, tortoises find their way into our homes and hearts. We’re going to have a look at the top five tortoises for sale in the marketplace these days and some of the reasons why they are there.
The African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred tortoises also known as sulcate tortoises are one of the most commonly kept pet tortoises. They’re among those mid to large sized tortoise which are easy to keep and rather inexpensive to buy. Adult men will get to a very impressive size of fifty to eighty pounds and for keepers that have access to an enclosed parcel of land, they may be a very impressive pet to have. They’re grassland tortoises so a diet of hay and plant together with a combination of ready tortoise food will keep them healthy and happy for years.
The Red footed Tortoise
Red foots are one of the most exotic looking mid sizes land tortoises due their name sake red scaled legs and head in addition to a nicely colored shell that’s generally black and yellow. They’re also one of the less costly tortoises on the market which along with their appearances makes them a highly sought after reptile pet. They arise in the northers portions of South America and live on the edges of woods where they feed on a diverse diet of greens, fruits, small insects, eggs and carrion. In captivity they can be kept inside in a large tortoise enclosure or kept outside in a shaded parcel of land. Red foot tortoises and their close relatives the yellow footed tortoise are a large portion of the reptile experience.
Russian tortoises are among the smallest tortoises found in the wild and live in the arctic low mountain regions of Pakistan all the way through Southeast Asia. These rugged animals can handle a huge variety of temperatures and can survive on a steady diet of hay, plant and pre blended tortoise food. Due to their ability to handle a harsh climate they can adapt to most indoor areas and acclimate to the humidity as well. Russian tortoises rarely exceed eight to ten inches in length making them a very likely candidate for an indoor pet tortoise.
The Mediterranean countries are host to a number of beautifully patterned and small sized pet tortoises. These include Greek tortoises, Herman’s tortoises and Marginated tortoises. These lively little critters have more specific temperature and humidity requirements compared to Russian Tortoises but are far more appealing and sought after in many ways. The price reflects this and these small sized tortoises are at the next bracket for cost of getting.
The Star Tortoises
Star Tortoises are a little sizes tortoise that get their name from the brightly colored yellow and black cubes that are coated with multi-colored star shaped designs. They come from a number of countries including India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Burma. These stunning animals are highly sought after by keepers in america as well as china and Japan and it is because of this that they are one of the most expensive pet tortoises in the marketplace.