Egyptian Tortoise for sale
Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni), also called Kleinmann’s tortoise for sale, was introduced to the pet trade 20 years ago. Due to their extremely small size at full maturity (4 inches), Egyptians are considered rare tortoises. Egyptians are a bit expensive as they typically lay “one egg” but are worth EVERY PENNY. These little tortoises are absolutely amazing creatures. Egyptians are outgoing, friendly, and anything but shy!
Egyptian tortoise information
In the wild, the Egyptian tortoise can be found on the Southern boundary of the Mediterranean Sea on the north coast of Africa and the coastal Middle East. Also, the Egyptian has a range that extends between Libya and Southern Israel. However, recent habitat loss studies place populations farther inland and farther east than previously thought. Baby Egyptian tortoises are hatched at less than 1″ in total shell length and must learn to survive quickly.
Feeding the Egyptian tortoise (Egyptian tortoise diet and food list)
The Egyptian tortoise, like most Testudo tortoise species, enjoys a diet of greens. At CB Reptile, we feed our adult, juvenile and baby Egyptian tortoises for sale a wide variety of high calcium greens. Using a mixture of romaine, dandelion, collard, mustard greens, spring mix as well as soaked and softened Mazuri tortoise chow. We also chop carrots, tomatoes sparingly, and yellow and green squash to feed our baby tortoises for sale. Baby Egyptian tortoise for sale should be fed the same as adults, just smaller portions.
Baby Egyptian tortoise for sale – supplements
Here at CB Reptile, we use a 50/50 mixture of Reptical reptile calcium with D3 and Vionate a multi-vitamin and mineral powder for animals. Using this special formula as an additive to high-quality produce for quite some time, our reptiles for sale are all in top health condition. All of our baby Egyptian tortoises are fed a high-quality variety of produce along with our vitamin and mineral formula.
Egyptian tortoise for sale – water
Egyptian tortoises should always have access to fresh, clean water. Baby Egyptian tortoises for sale also need access to water, but very, very shallow! Giving your new Egyptian tortoise a “soak” in clean, warm shallow water daily for 10 minutes is 100% necessary for the first 2 years of life.
Egyptian tortoise – humidity
Humidity is a larger deal for baby tortoises for sale over adult tortoises. Keeping humidity high is recommended for all species of baby Testudo family tortoises. Testudo tortoises include the Egyptian, Hermann’s, Greek, Russian, Marginated and more. We keep our baby tortoise enclosures with limited airflow and 75% humidity for the first 18 months. From 18-36 months we back it down to 65%. Once grown adults, tortoise town provides a humid “period” of 3 hours each morning and then allows air to dry out. How do we do this you ask? Simple, we use a reptile fogger every morning. Once it is empty, the air is allowed to dry out until the following morning. Be sure to check out our youtube videos about Egyptian tortoises!
Baby Egyptian tortoise habitat
Habitat can really be anything including an aquarium, however, make sure you block out the sides so the tortoise cannot see out. Baby Egyptian tortoises for sale will become frustrated and try to get thru any wall they can see thru. For these reasons, often people use other things besides fish tanks for tortoise habitats. Using a sealed PVC 4×2′ box is also a great option when considering how to set up an Egyptian tortoise habitat or tortoise table.
Egyptian tortoise temperature
A baby Egyptian tortoise will enjoy an ambient daytime temperature of 85 degrees, with nighttime lows not dipping below 77. Providing a hot spot, and cooler zone is recommended however not entirely necessary when they’re babies. If you re going to provide a hot spot, try to keep it between 92-95 degrees by using a reptile thermostat.
Egyptian tortoises and UVB lighting
UVB lighting for tortoises is key to proper growth and healthy torts. We recommend either a reptisun 10.0 lamp or the Arcadia 12% for higher end applications. Like all UVB lamps, you will need to adjust how close the light is to the floor of the Egyptian tortoise enclosure. If you are using a 12% it should be 18-24″ above “shell height” whereas a 10% lamp, or 10.0 can be 12-15″ over the tort.
Egyptian tortoise Substrate
Something as simple as organic potting soil or mix can be used. For babies, we use simple paper towels as they are easiest to keep clean. An Egyptian tortoise for sale is not typically a “burrowing tortoise” and therefore substrate need not be too deep. For our adult enclosures, we top off our substrate with a 1/2″ layer of crushed oyster shell.