Originally Answered: How do I keep a turtle/tortoise as a pet ?
I preferably dont want to have water in my tank so are there any mini tortoises that would suit it ?
That would have to be tortoise for you since turtles need water to swim in for sure whereas tortoise requires dry land to survive.
Mini tortoise as in tortoise that does not grow big?
Star tortoise, greek tortoise or russian tortoise are those which does not grow big, compared to sulcata tortoise, and leopard tortoise.
Do turtles need water ?
Yes, thats for sure. They are considered to be semi-aquatic creatures which means water is crucial in order for them to survive.
whats the deal there do tortoises need lights ?
To bask their shell, yes. If you dont want to have to have lights, place them near the window, balcony or somewhere outdoor where the sun could reach them in the day so that they could bask in the uv light for the benefit of their shell.
what they need to eat?
They eats greens, grass, weeds, flowers and leaves such as dandelion greens, grape leaves, mulberry leaves, bermuda greens, clover rose pedals, watercress which are high in fibre and is needed to prevent shell pyramiding from occuring. Avoid greens that is high in water content such as cucumber and celery, as well as fruits which is high in sugar level.
what UV stuff they need?
For indoor enclosure, a basking lamp will do where temp of 85 - 90 degrees F is provided. Otherwise, uv ray from the sun is another alternative for them.
if they need a water bowl?
Yes, a small plate of water in it in which its depth is no deeper than the turtle, just enough to cover the sides of its shell, and at the same time large enough for it to soak in. This enables the tortoise to soak itself and most importantly, drink it occasionally should it be thirsty.
if they do or do not like to be handled?
Sure, why not? Handling is not encouraged in turtles out of their tank though as this might add stress to them. However, for tortoise it would be absolutely alright. I carry my tortoise all the time and they seem to have fun with me. In fact, i would encourage you to handle it from young and hand-feed it frequently such that it got used to it, handling should not be any problem as time goes by. I bet you will be surprise at how active, friendly and outgoing they are when you spend time with them. But remember, no rough handling though.
I would suggest to you keep them from hatchling. As this could build you and your tortoise's bond, getting it used to you, and knowing that you are the one who will never hurt it and care for it always like a mum or dad!
Dont worry! I would advice you to have tortoise instead as they are much more fun and enjoy handling and petting. I can assure you that they will NEVER bite unlike turtles, and thus you could have a safe and fun time with them. Have fun trying out some tortoises as pets and i bet you will be ever happier to be with these creatures. Hope this helps! =)