Indian Star Tortoise Diet
Variety is key when talking about what to feed your new Indian Star tortoise. It isn’t really about one thing, it is about feeding a wide variety of high-quality greens and veggies. By feeding a variety you will ensure not to “overdose” your tortoise on certain things. For example, spinach is bad. If you feed spring mix that contains spinach as one of 15 ingredients, it will not be too much where you need to worry about spinach. If all that you ever feed is spring mix, then you have a problem. Turtle store uses a mixture we chop daily of Romaine, Kale, Dandelion, Spring Mix, Endive, Collard, Mustard, and Beet Greens. In addition, we soak our mazuri tortoise chow in water mixed with a 50:50 ratio of calcium with D3 AND Vionate (a multi-vitamin and mineral powder).
Indian Star Tortoise Care
Caring for an Indian star for sale is reasonably easy, so long as you invest the time to learn. Russians are fairly small tortoises and therefore only require a small habitat, at full maturity of say 2×4′, though larger is always better. Multiple female Russian tortoises may be housed together in groups of up to 6, but size should be 4 cubic feet larger per female. Using a tortoise table, or tortoise house kit will work, just pay close attention to temperature and humidity. A baby tortoise, in general, will need higher humidity as the main variable for success.
Our biologist has compiled a fantastic indian star tortoise care guide. Please be sure to view all aspects of indian star tortoise care at the pages below:
- Indian Star tortoise care
Indian Star tortoise habitat
Baby Indian Stars can exist in something as small as a 24×12″ sweater box. Keeping humidity high is key, so these work. Using a fish tank is not recommended but also can work if set up properly. You will want to cover the sides so that the tort cannot see out, as that will cause he or she to become anxious and constantly try to escape via the clear see-thru side(s). We like to use the 24″x15″x48″long PVC style single glass front reptile cages available at reptile basics. For UVB fitting them out with a 36″ T5 10.0 fixture is easy.
Indian Star tortoise for sale – temperature
Baby Indian Star tortoises for sale should be kept with an ambient temperature of 86 degrees. A cold spot of 80 is fine and a warm spot of 95 is also nice, however, the ambient temp remains the most important. Here at Turtle store, our main concern is the ambient temp and not getting too cold. We focus more on this than the temperature gradient that is so widely talked about. Finding that the tortoises’ theme to thrive with a median temperature of 86, we now maintain this throughout our daytime enclosure temperatures. Evening temps are allowed to drop into the high 70s, however with very slow moving, humid air, it seems a tad warmer and “muggier” for the tortoises.
Star tortoise UVB lighting
UVB light exposure is extremely important for all tortoises, including baby Indian Star tortoises. We recommend a Reptisun UVB 10.0 lamp, T5 (tube style). Screw in lamps like the cheap spirals are not recommended and really do not have much of a radius of coverage. Think about the tortoise being outside, getting constant UVB and UVA from every angle. Now, think about the exposure they will get in their habitat inside or outside your home, and try to make them similar. Not easy, is it?
Best UVB Lighting for Indian Star Tortoises
Using a T5 high output lamp will give you the best scenario. Using the 10% lamp is good, however for distances 15-24″ above the tortoise, a 12% lamp is recommended. Arcadia UVB lamps are the best in our opinion, though a tad more pricey, they also last twice as long.
Indian Star Tortoise Substrate
- For substrate, we recommend a nice mixture of 50:50 potting soil and potting mix (organic). Be sure there are no additives or fertilizers included as that could kill your tort. Baby Indian Star tortoises do burrow so providing 4″ of substrate is recommended and spraying it down with a pressure sprayer daily is great. Spraying the soil and your tort(s) in the morning to simulate a morning dew so to speak works create.
Humidity in your Indian Star Tortoises Habitat
- One added but important benefit of doing this is creating a super humid microclimate for your tortoise should they choose to burrow. It is in these microclimates in which baby tortoise exists in the wild. Remember not to call the Indian Star tort an Indian turtle or Indian turtle for sale, it’s a tortoise!
Star tortoises and humidity
Humidity is important with all baby tortoise species, including the Testudo tortoise family. Baby Indian Star tortoises require humidity in the area of 75%. When kept indoors, the habitats tend to be on the dryer side and therefore will require some work to increase the humidity where need be. Using a lid, or some type of closed system will help tremendously.
Here at the Turtle store, we raise all of our baby star tortoise species as well as many others in closed systems with high humidity and LOW air movement. From years of breeding adult Indian Star tortoises, we now have mastered the art of raising these beautiful Indian Star tortoise hatchlings.
Indian Star Tortoise Lifespan
Indian Star Tortoises are known to live from 35-50 years. This is important to keep in mind when purchasing your baby Indian star tortoise because they will be around for a long time if properly cared for!
Indian Star tortoise Size
Female Indian star tortoises are often larger than their male counterpart. Females grow to be about 9-12 inches while males can expect to grow to about 5-8 inches in length.
Star tortoise water
Giving your baby Indian Star access to water is preferred, and soaking daily is required. Soak your baby tortoise in a shallow soaking dish with opaque sides so the tortoise cannot see out. Soak for 10 minutes in 85-88 degree warm water once daily. Typically soaking your tortoise and then placing them directly atop their pile of greens and Mazuri is best each morning. Establishing a daily routine when possible will benefit your tortoise a great deal.
Star Tortoise Breeder
When purchasing a baby indian star tortoise it is imperative that you buy from an experienced tortoise breeder and keeper. Our Star Tortoises are top notch and ready to ship to you via FedEx Overnight in heated or cooled insulated shipping containers and come with our live arrival and full 7-day health guarantee. One shipping charge covers up to 3 tortoises.
As with all of our baby tortoises for sale, adult tortoise for sale and turtles for sale online, our Eastern Hermann’s tortoise are guaranteed to arrive alive, well and healthy! All reptiles for sale available at the Turtle store come with a full health guarantee. With a REAL biologist on-site you are gonna say this is my turtle store of choice, and mean it!
More than just baby Indian Star Tortoises for sale
The turtle store is your source for the largest selection of captive bred baby tortoise for sale and adult tortoise for sale. All of our captive bred baby tortoises come with our full live arrival and health guarantee. Here at the turtle store, we work with over 25 species of turtles for sale including baby turtles for sale and captive bred tortoises. The turtle store guarantees you the largest selection of healthy, captive bred turtles and tortoise for sale anywhere in the USA.