While some of us animal lovers have a more or less mainstream taste in owning pets, there are a few of us that like to take a walk on the wild side. Of those few, even fewer people choose to take on the challenge of owning a reptile.
One of the hardest pets to own is the tortoise. This land dwelling reptile is a majestic looking creature. Not to be confused with pet turtles, these animals spend all of their time on land.
Having been an owner of several tortoises, I can attest to the difficulty of having these animals as pets. They require a lot of care and attention. When I first got my tortoise, I struggled to find the best ways to take care of it. I didn’t know all of the right things to feed it and how to make the habitat suitable for my pet. I looked up a lot of guides on the internet but didn’t seem to find anything that was remotely helpful. So, I went to the library to try to figure things out. This led me back to another internet search where I finally found what I would call the holy grail of tortoise care advice – the Tortoise Care Guide.
In this guide, I found the answers to all of the questions that I had about taking care of these amazing animals. There were many pertinent details as well as some myth busting information that was very helpful. If you’re curious to learn more, keep on reading!
Before we get started, I think that it is important that you know a little bit about me. You’ll see that I’m just like you – an average guy who didn’t originally know a lot about caring for pets other than cats or dogs. However, through reading this guide, I became an amateur expert on all things related to caring for tortoises.
Starting with pets
My first start with pets was when I got a dog as a kid. It was a golden retriever and I named him Chunk. Having Chunk was great because it taught me how to care for dogs and to have a mind and heart for pets in the house.
I went through high school and college content with having a pet dog that was easy to take care of and love. However, I wanted to branch out a little bit with my next pet. I thought about getting a reptile and saw some turtles for sale. However, I wanted something a little bit bigger than baby turtles. So, I started to look at the tortoises for sale. I realized that there are so many different types of tortoises, such as the Russian tortoise, sulcata tortoise, Hermann’s tortoise, African spurred tortoise, and others. Much much later I would realize that all of these tortoise breeds would require slightly different care. However, I didn’t know that yet.
The first few months of owning my tortoise seemed to be pretty great. I was having great fun interacting with my new pet friend. However, after a few months, my tortoise seemed to be much more reserved. His behavior didn’t seem normal to me, so I decided to do some research to find out what was going on with him.
I tried a lot of tips and tricks that I had found online, but nothing seemed to cheer the poor guy up. I took him to a veterinarian, but that didn’t help either. I was getting desperate until I found this miraculous guide that illuminated all of the things that seemed to be in the dark for me. For example, I learned such things as:
- Common plants that can harm your tortoise
- Medication that vets prescribe that can be deadly for your tortoise
- Meal plans that work well for your tortoise
The Tortoise Care Guide is simply the best thing that you can get for both you and your tortoise. It’ll take your relationship and pet owning experience to the next level!
Tortoise Care Guide Review
Before diving into the review, I would like to say that I have tried a lot of other guides for tortoise care. Nothing really comes close to this one.
One of the things that this guide excels in is bringing the information to you in an easy to read manner. There aren’t a lot of big words or unfamiliar terms that exist in the guide. When something that is difficult to grasp is mentioned in the book, the guide is careful to break things down into its simplest constituents so that the reader can understand.
In addition to some great answers to the questions I had, the guide contains other information that is great for pet tortoise care, such as:
- How to safely usher your tortoise into hibernation
- How to build a great habitat for your tortoise on a small budget
- How to properly identify your tortoise species
All of the information in this book has been spot on in terms of caring for my tortoise. I’ve tried every tip and trick and this book and have reaped great benefits. If there is only one piece of literature that you end up getting for your tortoise, make sure that it is this one. You will not regret it!
Since getting this book, things have returned to normal for my tortoise and me. We have so much fun together and I cannot think of a more enjoyable pet to own. Before reading this guide, there were so many things I didn’t know about in terms of tortoise care. However, now I feel confident in owning and caring for tortoises. I even have another one and am taking time to volunteer at my local zoo to help take care of those tortoises as well.
I think that Tortoise Care Guide is a must read for those who are looking to get a tortoise to call their own or for those who already have one. You’ll thank me later for this advice!