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Rocky the Redfoot Tortoise

Rocky is a Redfoot Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria). His ancestors hail from South America but Rocky was captive bred in Rhode Island by some very nice people who take very good care of their tortoises.

We drove over to Rhode Island and picked Rocky out on January 9, 2000. He had hatched on Dec. 28, 1999. He was very tiny, about 2 inches long and not as wide. We met his parents and took some pictures of them which you can see if you click on the photos link to the left.

Click here for larger image.We have finally figured out how to keep the humidity up in his enclosure here in dry, wintery Connecticut. He is kept in my "reptile room" that is maintained at a temperature of 80 degrees all the time. He is in a large sweater box with cypress mulch that is inside a 33 gallon glass breeder tank that has a screened cover. Next to the sweater box but inside the glass tank I have placed a small kitty litter pan full of water. I have an inexpensive air pump attached to an airstone in the water bubbling constantly. I put tin foil on over 70% of the screened top to keep the humidity in. This setup keeps the humidity at 60% during the day and 85% at night when there are no lights on. I think this is a fabulous way to maintain high humidity hatchlings. We will have to play it by ear when he outgrows the sweater box.

Rocky's diet consists mostly of good greesn such as turnip greens, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens and escarole. He also eats a portion of the "salad" I make up for my iguanas. This varies but can consist of butternut squash, acorn squash, carrot, parsnip, green beans, pea pods, and other veggies. He really has a liking for Mazuri Tortoise Diet which is a diet they formulated mostly for Galapagos Tortoises in zoos. I use it more like a supplement. Once or twice a week I will soak a piece of it and mix it with his greens. He REALLY likes it.

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