Hermann’s Tortoises are actually split up into eastern and western subspecies, both of which can be attained as pets in the US.
Tortoises are personal pets that have gained immense popularity around the world in recent years. And as evidenced by the proliferation of books and websites catering to the subject of captive tortoise maintenance, keepers of tortoises are constantly seeking information about providing their pets with optimal conditions. Many species adapt well to captivity, but pet tortoises are very much wild animals. Knowledge about their wild counterparts, therefore, may help tortoise keepers go a long way in satisfying the needs of their pet tortoises. The purpose of this series of posts is to discuss aspects of the biology of wild tortoises – including evolutionary history, life history traits, physiological ecology, and social behaviors and communication – that can help keepers of tortoises provide a better existence for both captive and wild tortoises. In my first post, I discuss the evolutionary history of tortoises.
Several species of tortoise are available on the pet market, each with different needs, appearances and temperaments. Which tortoise species you choose should be depend on the size of habitat you can provide, whether your tortoise can venture outside, how large a tortoise you want and how outgoing you'd like your new pal to be.
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The Turtle and Tortoise Pet Trade Threatens Native Species.
It’s a warning about other species we think are stable, said Peter Paul van Dijk, the director of the tortoise and freshwater turtle program at Conservation International and one of the world’s leading experts on the animals.Keepers of pet tortoises can gain a great understanding of their pets by recognizing the sociality of wild tortoises and the manners in which they communicate. Tortoise keepers may also be able to provide safer environments for their pets, recognize signals that convey personality, mood, or health, and even communicate with their tortoises with this knowledge. Though tortoises are social when they meet in the wild, keepers of captive tortoises should also understand that their pets may be kept singly without ever ‘feeling’ lonely. However, keepers that maintain tortoises in groups should be especially aware of aggressive behaviors, whether they are male-male, or male-female, that may occur during courtship or combat. Overly-aggressive behaviors or overexposure to prolonged aggressive interactions can result in fairly serious injuries (Chancellor et al. 2003).Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of tortoises is the complexity of their social and communication behaviors. Though wild tortoises are predominantly solitary animals, they interact frequently with members of their own species, display a variety of methods of communicating, and exhibit social structures within populations (Douglass 1976; Guyer et al. 2012). During social and communication behaviors, tortoises use a number of senses, including visual, olfactory, auditory, and tactile. They are capable of seeing color, have incredibly good senses of smell, emit and hear vocalizations, and are very sensitive to touch (Auffenberg 1977). Human keepers of captive tortoises can better understand and more deeply appreciate their pets with knowledge of sensory processes, modes of communication, and repertoire of social behaviors in wild tortoises.Tortoises from South America are some of the most popular species to be kept as pets, largely because of their beautiful colors. The red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) is a common tortoise species for hobbyists that's native to South and Central America. These animals are considered easy to care for because they tolerate a range of conditions. They enjoy shady spots and are primarily herbivores. They're appreciated for their outgoing nature and their shells reach 12 to 14 inches. These reptiles sometimes dig burrows in search of moisture. The yellow-footed tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) is a bit more shy than the redfoots, but eventually warms up to its keepers. Because these turtles are a protected species in their homeland, it's recommended they only be acquired through a breeder. The radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiata) is prized for its unusual diagonal-patterned black and off-white shell. These omnivores require temperatures between 75 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and should only be acquired through a breeder because of their protected status.