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Newly introduced into the American market in the summer of 2001, the pretty Spur-Thigh Tortoise shown above is known as the "Golden" Greek Tortoise!
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Hi, I have just homed a spur thighed greek tortoise and have read loads about him, but I am concerned that I am housing him in a glass varium. Although very large, most of you choose not to house this way. The place I got him from has only just started selling them and I probably know more about him than she does, which at the moment is not a great deal. This has been my dream pet since being small myself, and as an animal and tortoise lover I want to do the best I can for my friend zippy. So if anyone can help, please do. Thank you, maxine and zippy
Hi, I am a new tortoise owner. It has been a dream since I was little. Now I finally have one, a spur thighed called zippy.
When placed in the lounge our tortoise will wander around until it approaches the cables/wires near the TV when it starts to dance, sway and swivel - does anyones elses do this and is it anything I need to worry about?
Are Spearmint leaves harmfull or can i include them in my greek tortoise's diet ?
We purchased a "Greek" tortoise recently (first tortoise) and we had no idea they were so verbal. This little guy is constantly "talking". We have taken it to a vet and really didn't get much comment on the talking. Does anyone have experiece with a really talkative tortoise??
I have a Greek tortoise that I heard cry when he tries to eat, because his jaw is popping. What is this from, and what can we do to help this little guy out? Please let us know, you can drop a line to P.O. Box 64777, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70896. Thank you very much, as we are heartbroken about this. URGENT HELP NEEDED!~
The Arab Crocodile Hunter
I have these tortoises. If anyone in Saudi Arabia Is looking for these tortoises,
there are many in jeddah especially in a pet store called pet oasis. they are very nice pets.
AL "The Fisher Doctor"
The Greek and Golden greek indeed are great tortoises. Our female "Julia" literally comes running whenever she sees me approach her house, her buddy "Harold" is a bit shy but still personable. Each are of a slightly different back ground, as Julia has four scutes down her back and Harold has five, however, they both have the spur thighs so they are both of very similar ancestry. It is extremely important to keep them hot and dry - when we got these two they were horribly sick. Our vet set us up with antibiotic shots for each and within a few weeks they were as healthy as ever. They really are easy to keep HOWEVER you must NEVER forget about them and provide the DAILY care they need.
These tortoises are great! they are good handling, especially when acquired young. mine is very tame and she is nicknamed athene. she has a carapace of 2.5 inches. i keep her on my table while studying and she wanders on the table. these are best pets for beginners.
Our Aphrodite (female Golden Greek) came from an online breeder. She arrived in the U.S. mail about 3 1/2 years ago, which was quite a treat! She is estimated to be about 8 or 9 years old now. She was as big as a dollar bill when we got her, but has grown at least 50% since then. A year ago, I took her to a vet who specialized (and owns) tortoises. My girl had an old injury which had encapsulated; it was a hard round spot between her head and front foot which the vet deftly popped out. No blood or guts, as it had completely healed underneath. He figured it was a scratch that got infected. The turtle wagged her head back and forth as he examined her, which he said was an escape instinct. He got the hard spot out, but not before she bit him, and hard. She has never shown any aggression to us then or since, and is quite friendly. She was raised by hand and this, I believe, makes a huge difference.
She is very healthy otherwise, according to the vet. I don't spoil her, she gets romaine lettuce and dandelions from the lawn, occasional rose petals and some cucumber slices. I might give her some fruit, which she loves, or broccoli, but not frequently as it is not good for these tortoises. She does not want to drink water at all, she must be getting her moisture from the food. In spring until fall, she lived in a planter on the side of the house, indoors at night in a terrarium during winter or if the temperature drops too much (we live near the desert). Today I just moved her into a kiddie pool with low-dust clay kitty litter for a substrate, and a clay pot to hide in. She is curious but seems happy enough and it has given her more room. I have covered the pool with chicken wire, as we have owls and coyotes and I would be devastated if something happens to her. I am going to add some hay for a hiding place and a potted plant or two for shade.
All in all, we enjoy having her, she is an interesting pet and not troublesome at all to maintain. We even take her for car rides to our lakeside property. She rides in a shoebox and sticks her head out of one end, where there's a hole cut out. It's quite comical. I would highly recommend these tortoises as pets, as long as people educate themselves ahead of time. They are little escape artists, so a secure enclosure is a must.