A hungry tortoise is not to be trifled with!
I love this video, talk about up close and personal. It’s great when a tortoise becomes part of the family – even if it means you have to stop the dog from eating the tortoises’ dinner!
Most outdoor tortoises in Britain will live happily on all sorts of weeds and garden plants, so it’s a good excuse to leave the garden a bit unkempt (making sure to lock up the weedkiller and slug pellets!). However, when it’s dry – or even just for a change – they do enjoy munching on a bit of juicy salad. And if you have strawberries, you’d better build a wall around them as almost nothing will stop a resourceful rampaging tortoise when she smells a nice ripe strawberry!
Tortoises don’t tend to drink much but get most of their water from their food which may be one reason Torty is tucking into her meal with such enthusiasm.
It’s not that easy nowadays to find adult tortoises for sale. In the wild, they’re an endangered species, so imports are very restricted. This means that unless you can find one which needs rehoming, the easiest, and cutest, way to have one of your own is to buy a baby from a breeder. They may need more looking after, but it’s always fun to have a new baby in the house. When you buy it, you must make sure that it has the correct Article 10 paperwork so that you know it’s been breed in captivity in this country.
They make interesting and if not cuddly, at least quirky pets. You don’t have to exercise them, in fact, the hard part is keeping track of them if you have a large garden as they’re not as slow as a well-known fable would have you believe.
I’m told by one tortoise owner that, like other reptiles, they do like a bit of warmth. So if you’re thinking of having a bonfire, make sure your shelled friend is kept well away, preferably locked up, until the fire is well and truly out!