Meet the Tortoises, residents of the Monterey Zoo
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spinprincess These hard-shelled reptiles appear to be slow starters out of the gate, lumbering and heavy, but their persistence and focus brings them right into the home stretch to finish first, without much panting or superfluous motion. All tortoises, in real life, outlive hares by decades. Actually, most tortoises kept as pets will outlive most of their owners.
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http://jayconsultores.com/5940-neurontin-for-tooth-pain-95869/ The Monterey Zoo now cares for three tortoises: two Red Footed tortoises from South America and one Russian tortoise.
The Russian tortoise is native to southern Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. It is one of the smallest tortoises in the world with females growing to just 10 inches in length and males, 8 inches. In a natural setting, they like to burrow underground where they spend most of the winter hibernating. They have several physiological adaptations to living without water including eliminating a semi-solid form of urine. They do occasionally like a bath. Their native diet demonstrates a preference for broadleaf plants. Hobbyists claim they love dandelion leaves. But they will sample nearly everything placed in their pen.
Most of the Russian tortoises are imported from their native habitat, as there aren’t many active breeders in America. They are popular among tortoise keepers, however, as their diminutive size places fewer restraints on keeping them.
A large amount of practical information from enthusiasts is available on the internet.
Generally, tortoises don’t like to be handled very much. They also can’t comprehend the notion of a glass wall and will constantly try to go through it desiring to wander out of their confinements.
Hobbyists prefer using large-sized, heavy duty tubs with a mixture of sand and fiber. They can tolerant household temperatures but also need a heat light which will give them a sunning spot in the 90 to 100 degree range.
The considerably larger Red Footed tortoises come from South America. They were once sold in many pet stores.
Red Footed Tortoises are subtropical tortoises found in the drier areas of South America surrounding the rain forest. They get big and have to be moved outdoors.
“The problem with this animal is that you have to keep it warm and indoors,” Charlie Sammut, director of the Monterey Zoo said. “So to have a place in your house that you can keep at 70 to 80 degrees constantly and have this running around in it is unlikely. It would be incredibly unfair to restrict it to a fish tank. There in lies the problem. You can buy them when they’re small and a fish tank is no problem, but they will outgrow it and need a place to graze.”
The native desert tortoises of California are very restricted as they are considered a “threatened” species, suffering from habitat loss. Tortoises are wild animals which belong in their native environments and generally speaking not in people’s homes.
The Russian tortoise and the two Red Footed Tortoises were all turned in to the zoo.
“We didn’t buy anything,” Sammut said. “If you are a hobbyist, I’m fine with hobbyists. People who have researched their pets and have met with other hobbyists and discussed keeping a tortoise. They know the trouble involved in keeping one.” As tortoises live long lives, they have to be handed over to someone once a hobbyists life circumstances change and they can no longer care for them.
Angie Krall, an assistant at the zoo, said, “For the most part, the average pet owner will just get bored with it and neglect it.”
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