What is a Tortoise?
Tortoises are reptiles of the family Testudinidae of the order Testudines. Like other turtles, tortoises have a shell to protect from predation and other threats
Where Can I Get Tortoise In South Africa?
Endemic to the Western Cape of South Africa, the species relies upon the fynbos habitat—an increasingly rare shrubland with an exceptional diversity of native flora. The Geometric Tortoise gets is name from the distinctive yellow radial pattern across its black carapace that helps it hide from predators.
Nearly 95% of the Geometric Tortoise’s habitat has been destroyed, and what remains is threatened by urbanization and agricultural development.
Is it legal to keep a tortoise in South Africa?
TORTOISES may seem like hassle-free, cute pet, but did you know that keeping tortoises without a permit is not only illegal but could be detrimental to the animal’s well-being? It would help if you had a permit from nature conservation authorities to keep a tortoise in South Africa.
How do I get a permit to own a tortoise in South Africa?
If you are interested in keeping any wild animal as a pet, you must apply at the CapeNature head office or any regional office for a Wild Animal Captivity Permit.
When applying for a permit to keep wild animals in captivity, you would have to submit the following: A fully completed signed and dated application form.
How do you take care of a tortoise in South Africa?
Provide all tortoises with access to shallow water for soaking and drinking. Timothy hay pellets (rabbit food) make suitable bedding for most species. The optimal temperature range for the enclosure is 70-90°F (21-32°C). Require basking area and shade to allow regulation of body temperature.
What is the most common tortoise in South Africa?
Chersina angulata is the most common tortoise species found in South Africa, with locals and tourists alike reporting sightings of tortoises along the coastal landscapes of its range.