Niko Shefer is an avid environmentalist who is particularly concerned about animal conservation and the effects that human activities have on animals’ natural habitats. He is especially passionate about the subject of tortoise rehabilitation. Many tortoises are born in captivity or otherwise lose their natural habitats when they are still babies.
These tips should help anybody with a baby tortoise raise it properly, perhaps with a view of returning it to the wild.
Pay Attention To Temperature
Baby tortoises are less able to bask in higher temperatures for extended amounts of time than their adult brethren, so it is important that you keep a close eye on the temperature at all times when raising one. Make sure that your tortoise can move away from the heat source, if needed, and keep an eye out for any signs that the baby may be struggling with the heat.
Baby tortoises need a steady supply of water for a number of reasons. A shallow bowl should be available at all times so that the animal can drink when needed. Furthermore, it is a good idea to create a shallow pool in its living environment. This water should be no deeper than the animal’s chin and needs to be replaced immediately if the tortoise defecates in it.
Limit Your Handling
While tortoises are generally hardy creatures, you need to be wary of the possibility that you are causing a baby stress by constantly handling it. Monitor its living environment closely and try to limit the amount of time that you spend using your hands to move it around.
Niko Shefer has a passion for rehabilitating and raising animals.