I recently acquired a tortoise from a friend who knew she was neglecting him, so wanted to give him a better home. I am new to tortoises, but I am a passionate animal lover and would love to give this guy a healthier lifestyle.
First, I need to figure out what species of tortoise he is (from googling I thought maybe leopard?). My friend told me she bought him from a flea market in Florida (not a great place to buy one I'm sure). From what I can tell I know he is male and approximately 3-5 years old. From the googling and research I've been doing I can tell he has very bad pryamiding and perhaps discoloration on his shell so I am worried he will be hard to identify. She did not give him any sort of moisture or humidity in his tank and only kept a desk light on him.
So far the adjustments I've made to his life is adding a heat lamp and another lamp with a UVB bulb in it, added calcium in his diet, and have tried to keep his tank pretty moist. I know there is a ton more I need to do, but I haven't had him for more than a few days and hoped that identifying him would give me a start.
Diet wise I'm giving him kale or romaine lettuce with calcium sprinkled on top. He has a fresh bowl of water. He has this coconut subtrate stuff as the bedding in this tank and I read online that having such a dusty bedding might dry out his skin so I was wondering if i should switch to some sort of woodchip. I also think his tank is too small for him. I think she said it was a 40 or 50gal, but he is like 6 inches long so it doesn't feel very spacious. I was considering building him something myself once I figure out the right size for him.
I know this is a whole lot of information at once and I kind of rambled on. I would greatly appreciate any information that could help and especially if someone could identify him as well.
Thanks so much! I love him tons already.