Russian Tortoise exercise question Please help!?
I have a Russian. He is a male and is very healthy. We have him on a very good diet consisting of Mexican cactus, butternut squash, kale, collard greens, envide, and radicchio. On occasion he gets papaya and strawberries.
He is a happy little dude from what I can see. During the winter (now) he does not get much exercise. We have an outside pen for him in the summer (basically the whole yard which is big). In the winter he has an indoor pen.
Vets instructions were that he does not need to hibernate if we keep him at 65F at night which we do. I take him out of the pen and he walks, eats, basks, but I am not sure if he is getting enough exercise.
During the summer he stays out until dusk. Then we bring him in.
Also what I can do to make him safe during the summer. The neighbor has roaming cats!
Thanks in advance!
Foods that compliment the main diet are sweet potato, carrots, mango, butternut squash, kale,
strawberries, beet greens, blackberries, yellow squash.
The vet is highly qualified obviously and she was the one to give me this list of foods to feed him. I feed kale and strawberries one or twice every two weeks or so. Those are not staple foods.
I am no sure why the information is so controversial. I just want to give him a good home.
Thanks again for the links will check them out!
I will reduce the intake of kale and collards as both of you agree on that. I will start to research more about hibernation. According to the vet as long as the temp is 65F he does not need to hibernate. Why would she tell me this?
Ernie, thanks the pen is bigger than the one you describe. Thanks for the link I will take a look.