Pet tortoises are popular pets for many people since they are quiet, cute (especially as hatchlings), and don't shed any fur. But tortoises can live a very long time (anywhere from 50 to 100 years). If you take one as a pet, be prepared to provide a lifetime of care and consider that your pet might even outlive you.

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Behavior and Temperament
Most tortoises are docile and tend to be shy unless two males are put into an enclosure with each other. This is not advisable; two male tortoises could become aggressive toward each other and even attack each other, sometimes resulting in serious injury.

Most tortoises are too large to handle as adults, and it’s advisable not to handle them to any great degree when they are smaller, either. This can cause the tortoise stress, which often leads to illness if the stressful situation is ongoing.



Russian Tortoise


Tortoises can make interesting pets, although they can present some challenges due to their size and dietary habits. Diets vary based on species, but all pet tortoises need quite a variety of foods with careful attention paid to the amount of roughage as well as the calcium/phosphorus balances of their food. Some species have voracious appetites and also need a large amount of food. Time for daily food preparation and the costs associated with the amount of food a tortoise eats should be taken into consideration before getting one as a pet.