Q:

What kind of tortoise do I have?

A:

Quick Answer

There are about 200 species of tortoises that live around the world, but all tortoises have certain features that set them apart from turtles and other reptiles.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Tortoises are generally land-dwelling creatures that only eat plants. They have rounded, clawed feet that make walking on land easier. They can be as small as 6 to 8 inches or as long as 4 feet, and they can weigh up to 600 pounds. Depending on the type of environment where they live, tortoises have unique adaptations that help them survive. For example, red-footed and yellow-footed tortoises living in the jungles of Central and South America have brightly colored camouflage, and desert tortoises are able spend up to 95 percent of their lives underground.

Learn more about Pet Reptiles

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How much do box turtles generally cost?

    A:

    Common or Three Toed box turtles generally cost around $25 to $50. More exotic species such as Asian turtles can cost as much as several thousand dollars each, as of 2015. The best way to purchase a box turtle is through a breeder.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do pet turtles eat?

    A:

    Pet turtles are omnivores that eat prepared turtle pellets, leafy greens, crickets and mealworms. It is important to provide a varied diet to a pet turtle to ensure proper nutrition. The prepared turtle pellets will provide most of what a captive turtle needs, but adding vegetables and some meat sources will provide additional nutrition.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the characteristics of a reptile?

    A:

    Many reptiles share a variety of similar traits, including scaling skin, ectothermic metabolisms and egg-laying reproductive methods. However, when all living reptile species are considered, few traits are common to all. This is because the group scientists call “reptiles” includes not only turtles, lizards, snakes and alligators, but also birds and tuataras as well. Scientists use shared ancestry to define a group of animals not a collection of shared traits.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What online stores sell reptiles at cheap prices?

    A:

    Online stores that sell inexpensive reptiles include ReptileCity.com, BackwaterReptiles.com and ReptilesNCritters.com. Each of the websites provides home delivery and sells a range of lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises, as well as other animals, such as amphibians, spiders and insects.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore