Forest hinge-backed tortoises are found throughout western Africa. The typical habitat of these tortoises is tropical forests, where it is warm and moist. These tortoises have get their name from the ability to close the rear part of the shell. When the
typical habitat of these tortoises is tropical forests, where it is warm and moist. These tortoises have get their name from the ability to close the rear part of the shell. When the shell is closed it protects the back legs and tail from potential predators. Forest hinge-backed tortoises enjoy water and you should allow them to wade. Forest hinge-backed tortoises can be kept outside if the temperatures are acceptable. During the winter months, a heated shelter should be provided if you plan to keep your tortoise outside permanently. Forest hinge-backed tortoises do not hibernate and will die if exposed to cold temperatures. Forest hinge-backed tortoises are omnivores and their diet needs to be balanced between live foods, fruits, and vegetables. Ideal live foods are superworms, mealworms, waxworms, earthworms, snails and occasionally pink mice. Live food should make up 50% of the diet. The other 50% percent of their diet should include the following fruits and vegetables; collard greens, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, hibiscus leaves and flowers, green onions, spinach, green beans, zucchini, frozen mixed vegetables, apples, bananas, strawberries, figs, peaches, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, grapes, blackberries, and blueberries. A mixed diet of these food items, five to seven times per week, is ideal and will ensure proper growth and health.
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