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.
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
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.