There are several different kinds of tortoises, but the commonly recognized giant Galapagos tortoise is native to the Galapagos islands. The Galapagos Islands are located off the coast of South America in the Pacific Oce... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles

Desert tortoises are herbivores, and their diet in the wild consists of grasses, some species of cacti and their flowers, shrubs and wild flowers. Desert tortoises generally eat fresh plant materials, though their diet g... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles

Due to their hard shells and thick skins, adult desert tortoises are only preyed upon by mountain lions. Young desert tortoises are much more vulnerable, and they are also eaten by kit foxes, coyotes, feral dogs, gray fo... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles
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African sulcata tortoises are available for sale in pet stores and from breeders who specialize in reptilian pets. Sulcata tortoises are also sold online on websites such as and More » Pets & Animals Reptiles

Russian tortoises should be inspected by a qualified veterinarian upon purchase. Provide the tortoise with a large home with bedding that is a 50/50 mix of play sand and topsoil. They need a warm spot in which to bask wi... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles

The Congo rainforest is home to about 280 species of reptiles, including snakes, crocodiles and tortoises. Spanning across six African countries, the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles