Spider Tortoise

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Spider Tortoise

Russian Tortoise Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Spider Tortoise is Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides

General Information about Russian Tortoise

  • Pattern of shell looks like spider web.
  • These tortoises are most active in the morning, feeding in the morning is good.
  • In the late afternoon and evening, they seems not to be so active and trying to seek for shaded place to hide and rest.
  • Provide a place for them to hide, they need certain level of security.
  • Naturally, they will dig for a place to hide and shade.
  • They do not need large space.
  • The tortoise needs constant access to water, regular soaking is required.
  • In captivity, they are quite sensitive, try to take extra care for these tortoises.
  • Keeping this species as pet is only recommended for experienced tortoises keeper.

Russian Tortoise Distribution

  • Naturally found in Madagascar.

Russian Tortoise Breeding and Nesting

  • Normally single egg from a clutch.

Russian Tortoise Size

  • Adult size from 6 inches to 8 inches.

Russian Tortoise Life Span

  • 30 to 50 years.

Russian Tortoise Food and Feeding

  • They are herbivorous. This tortoise only takes vegetables and fruits.
  • You may feed them with any fruits and vegetables.
  • Vegetables such as cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots or mushrooms will be good for them.
  • If you prefer to feed them with fruits. Green or yellow squash, apple, pear, or melons are recommended.
  • Flower and leaves are their favorite as well.
  • Mixture of the above is recommended to provide more balanced nutritious food.
  • They are quite picky about the food, try several mixture to get their favourite.

Russian Tortoise Habitat and Housing

  • Dessert-like habitat – dry woodlands, sand dunes, or brush lands.
  • The natural habitat temperature for this tortoise is ranging from 4°C to 42°C.
  • Thus try to keep them within 14°C to 33°C.
  • The most optimum temperature is around 28°C.
  • In term of humidity, they enjoy 75% to 78%.