- Aug 1, 2019
- Location (City and/or State)
- Poquoson, Virginia
Thank you so much for the additional info! He’s a terrific house guest, patrolling the yard and generally looking badass.Good call, Blackdog!
This tortoise originally comes from the rainforest in Thailand. There are two subspecies more commonly kept here, the Manouria emys emys (Asian forest tortoise) and the Manouria emys phayrei (Asian mountain tortoise). They are totally unsuited for the climates here in the states unless their yards were made rain forest-like. Please advertise "found tortoise" but don't give out too much information. Let the callers and responders tell YOU what kind of tortoise it is. No one has this tortoise by mistake. It was purchased specifically, and fairly rare in the pet trade.
You can set it up and feed it similar to how you would care for box turtles. Well planted yard with lots of shade, fruit and vegetables with a bit of animal protein. In the wild they eat taro leaves, banana tree leaves, etc.
Hi, you have come to the right place for information on how to look after him and lucky for the tort that he has found someone who cares.Thank you so much for the additional info! He’s a terrific house guest, patrolling the yard and generally looking badass.
I’ve spoken with the gal that found him and she assured me that there are no houses around where he was found. It was as if someone got tired of caring for him. Which is quite sad.
I am concerned with, if an owner is not found, what to provide for him as the cooler weather approaches. Can he live outdoors?