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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Examples of the Reptilia, or reptiles, include common garter snakes, chameleons, saltwater crocodiles, tuataras and Galapagos tortoises. There are about 9,500 species in the Reptilia family, the earliest of which evolved... More »

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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 BackwaterReptiles.com and TheTurtleSource.com.... More »

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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 »

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A red-footed tortoise needs a large, safe indoor or outdoor enclosure with suitable humidity and heating. Because they are omnivores, red-footed tortoises need a varied diet of greens, vegetables, fruit and meat protein. More »

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