This red-foot tortoise is $180. But they're pretty cheap to take care of. They're supposed to be good tortoises for people who aren't very experienced with caring for reptiles. And this one is really nice; the pet store guy said it's very rare for one of them to be mean. They do live a really long time, though. But they don't usually get larger than 13" long, and they grow slowly. This one is about 5" long, and the pet store guy said he'd be fine in the approximately 3' by 1' tank I bought for him for at least five years. And he eats spinach and red apples and zucchini. They can live 40-50 years.
There was another tortoise in the tank with him who was $1200.
My boyfriend and I picked him up from the pet store today. We even met one of the guys who breeds the tortoises for the store. He was really scared and peed all over the box he was in during the drive home. I put him in the tank and bought him baby spinach and spring water. He climbed into his food dish and walked all over the spinach. He seems to like his new home, and he's not sharing a tank with the big tortoise anymore. I think he was afraid of the big tortoise.
I'm still trying to think of a name for him. I'm thinking Elmer, Jr.
Hopefully I can borrow a digital camera and take pictures.
I got a Russian Tortoise about...three or four years ago I think (it was back when the wenches tavern thread was going strong...hey, it's one way to mark the time!). We go for walks outside (I'm scared to trim his nails so I put him out on the sidewalk to keep them down to a reasonable level) and he eats leafy greens, though his favorite treat is pumpkin (apparently this is a quite popular goodie in the tortoise community). I've been considering getting him a friend, it seems they can live comfortably with greek torts and red foots.
Amphibians lay their eggs in the water, and the immature form lives in the water. Reptiles lay their eggs on land, although some spend the majority of their lives in or near water.
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