Indian star tortoise care

Indian Star tortoise care

Indian Star tortoise care guide

Some of the most colorful of all tortoises and one of the smallest species of tortoise in the world, the Indian Star tortoise for sale is an amazing animal. These guys and gals start out around 1.25″ and reach around 6-10″ within 10-12 years at full size.  Males stay much smaller.  Females can be kept better in groups.  Limit 1 male to one group of females.  Keeping them is fairly easy so long as you have the correct setup, inclusive of lighting, higher humidity, substrate, temperatures and diet / supplements.

Indian Star tortoise size

Indian Star tortoise care guide

Keeping a baby Indian Star tortoise can be easy and rewarding so long as the setup is correct.  Some care parameters will be listed here and we also offer a large Indian Star tortoise care sheet that goes into detail regarding habitat setup and parameters.

Indian Star tortoise enclosure

Indian Star tortoise for sale – Humidity

Humidity could not be more important for the proper care and growth of a baby Indian Star tortoise for sale.  Most people misunderstand that beings they are from India and Sri Lanka as well as Miramar. It is common misconception that because they originate from what is is thought to be a dry area that they do not need humidity and that assumption could not be more incorrect.  Humidity in the area of 75% is 100% necessary during the first 18 months of life of a baby tortoise. For this reason it is often easier to keep them in an enclosed environment rather than an open top environment like a tortoise table. Humidity can be supplemented by utilizing a reptile fogger which we also offer here for sale and as part of our complete tortoise kit.  As the baby tortoise gets older the importance of humidity decreases however without proper humidity will start to notice a domed shaped shell with pyramid in being a result of both too much protein and two little humidity.

Indian Star tortoise habitat

Indian Star tortoise lighting

Lighting is also very important that has to be the correct type of bulb distance from the substrate and UVB percentage. Typically a 5% UV be also known as 5.0 to 6.0 is sufficient but must be a tube style not a screw and compact fluorescent lamp this is key to providing proper spectrum of UVB. Also, consider the distance for example, a 5% UVB lamp probably should be somewhere around 12 to 15 inches from the substrate.  Depending on how big or small the habitat is the UVB lamp may also help in providing a temperature gradient however more often than not a supplemental heat source will be needed to provide a basking area. We will discuss this in the temperature section.

Baby Indian Star for sale

Indian Star tortoise habitat temperature

Providing the proper temperature to your new baby indian star tortoise is keto successfully keeping them healthy. Since tortoises are cold blooded animals like all reptiles, they rely on regulating their internal temperature through their environment. For this reason is important to have the proper ambient temperature as well as the proper cooler area daytime temperature and most important the basking space basking area he can be provided by a ceramic heat emitter, a deep heat emitter, a mercury vapor lamp, or a basking uva lamp.  The hot spot for your new baby tortoise should be in the 92-99 degree range.

Cold spot should be on the opposite end of the enclosure to provide a temperature gradient.  The coolest part of the habitat should be in the neighborhood of 72-77 degrees.  Daytime ambient temps can be anywhere from 77-88 and nighttime as cool as 62 degrees for this species of Indian Star tortoises for sale.

Indian Star tortoise size

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