Baby Russian Tortoise
The typical Baby Russian Tortoise lifespan can exceed 40 years when healthy. Like many other tortoise species, these reptiles have a long life expectancy.
To reach that milestone, these reptiles need optimal care. Without the right environment, a high-quality diet, and overall superior husbandry, these tortoises can experience stress and disease that shortens their lifespan.
Appearance & Colors
Baby Russian Tortoise are beautiful reptiles with all the hallmark features you’d expect from a land-roving tortoise. This includes the large domed shell, rough skin, and thick stubby legs.
The carapace, which is the upper part of the shell, is usually covered in shades of olive green, tan, brown, and black. The ridges are often tan while the centers of the individual scutes are darker in color.
The bottom of the shell, called the plastron, is dark as well. It may be solid black or have splashes of brown thrown in.
The skin of the tortoise is tan. You will also notice that the tortoises have darker patches all over the lower legs and head. They create an armor-like look and are usually a bit harder in texture.
Russian Tortoise Care
Thanks to their hardy nature, Russian tortoise care isn’t too hard. These reptiles are very low-maintenance and don’t need much to remain happy and healthy.
That said, you still need to provide the basics!
The key to caring for these tortoises is to provide a proper environment that mimics their natural habitat in the wild. That means providing the right conditions around the clock.
To make that happen, here are some care guidelines you need to follow:
Let’s start with their enclosure.
Russian tortoises are unique in the fact that you can keep them outside if your climate permits it. Generally, those living in the southern United States can do this because temperatures stay relatively warm all year long.
If you plan on creating an outside habitat, it should be at least two feet long by four feet wide. That’s the bare minimum, but we recommend aiming for an enclosure that measures four feet long by four feet wide if possible.
A habitat of that size is suitable for a single tortoise or a bonded pair.