The Arizona Sonara Desert Museum has tortoises up for adoption at the moment – they have 30 at the museum, and another 50 waiting to come in from homes no longer able to look after them. At least these are from responsible people – it’s illegal to just let a tortoise loose as it may spread illnesses and diseases in the wild.
So if you want a low maintenance inexpensive to keep pet, have an enclosed yard without pool or dogs get in touch directly with the museum.
Whilst tortoises are vegetarians and fairly easy to feed, they may need additional calcium in their diet to prevent them getting metabolic bone disease. In the wild they roam over wide areas absorbing all kinds of different plant material so get a good range of different minerals and vitamins. A varied diet should be fed. If you adopt a tortoise make sure you find out about its precise requirements in order to keep it happy and healthy.
If looked after properly tortoises live for around 40 years, so they really are a pet for life!
Are tortoises a good pet for children? Tortoises are not cuddly, and do not really appreciate being picked up too much. But they are good pets for educational purposes as children can learn what their requirements are and how necessary nutrition in to health.