Monday, July 18, 2011

About My Pets: Genbu the Leopard Tortoise

I thought some of my readers might be interested in more information about the pets I have, especially the exotic ones, so I figured they each deserve their own blog posts!


Genbu exploring

Genbu is a young leopard tortoise. We bought Genbu on April 8, 2011, and according to the pet store, he was about a year old when we got him.

A little bit of care information: Leopard tortoises are from Africa. They live about 100 years, and reach about 18 inches in size, up to 24 inches. Leopard tortoises do best outside when they are big enough; in the meantime they can be housed indoors in a variety of situations. Just like bearded dragons, they require a large amount of space, a basking spot, and UV light bulb. They eat hay and manufactured tortoise food plus a variety of other greens, vegetables, and fruit (although food beyond hay and greens should be on a "treat" basis). They do not eat proteins like insects or animals. Their rate of growth, and whether or not their shell stays smooth, depends on the quality of their diet. (We're hoping Genbu's shell smooths out somewhat as he grows.)

Genbu - April 19, 2011

All about Genbu: Genbu is still little, only about 3'' - 4'' long. He loves anything sweet, so we know any fruit will be a treat for him. Right now he is in a cage intended for a rabbit or guinea pig. This type of cage allows for better ventilation than an aquarium or reptile tank since tortoises are so low to the ground. Once he is big enough to be outside, we will move him to our backyard.

Note: I am very cautious with Genbu and Loki together. Animals can be unpredictable... I always advise caution when putting two together :)

Genbu has a lot of personality and is very stubborn. He looks like a grumpy old man, but he's definitely enthusiastic about a lot of things (namely, good food and warm baths).

Genbu the Leopard Tortoise Eating 2

I am very excited to see how he grows up.

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