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DO TORTOISES BITE?
No. They are not aggressive. If you are holding a tasty morsel, they may overreach and accidentally bite your finger. Be sure you have a long piece of food, like a flower with a stem, to offer.
WHAT IS THAT THING COMING OUT OF MY TORTOISE'S REAR?
It may be a penis. Sometimes the male displays briefly. Not to worry. He will retract the penis soon.
MY TORTOISE'S PEE HAS WHITE CLAY STUFF IN IT.
Normal. Its urate salts. Part is fluid and the white may even be crystalline. It’s good that it’s flushing out.
MY BABY TORTOISE'S SHELL IS SOFT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Take it to a vet. You will probably need to change its diet and/or habitat.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TURTLE AND A TORTOISE?
They are all evolved from turtles. The one that walks on land is called a tortoise, and turtles swim in water.
WHICH GETS BIGGER: A MALE TORTOISE OR A FEMALE TORTOISE?
Males are usually bigger than females.
I SEE BUBBLES COMING OUT OF MY TORTOISE'S NOSE. WHAT IS THAT?
Your tortoise is likely sick with a respiratory illness. Seek out vet care immediately.
CAN I FEED MY TORTOISE FRUIT?
Yes. But ONLY as a treat and very rarely. Fruits are full of sugars that can disrupt their digestive system and even cause organ damage over time if not kept at an absolute minimum.