There are numerous species of tortoise kept as pets
Hermann’s Tortoises are actually split up into eastern and western subspecies, both of which can be attained as pets in the US.
Wtf... I've had my hermanns tortoise for over 10 years now and he was my very first pet. By the sounds of it your just a shitty owner... not sure how you could mess up so badly that it resulted in the deaths of so many innocent souls. Please refrain from buying anymore pets or even having children for that matter.
Unlike snakes, tortoises shed their skin in patches, not all in one piece. Your pet will become an overall dull color before a shed. Do not peel off the skin if it is not ready to come off. This can be dangerous and painful. In the wild, reptiles have a much easier time with their sheds, as they are generally in a more naturally humid environment and have access to pools or bodies of water in which they can soak at will. Even reptiles from arid areas find humid places to go during the shedding process, such as cold, moist burrows under the sand or caves. The shedding process happens when the tortoise’s body begins to grow a new layer of skin; that new layer begins to separate from the old and a very thin layer of fluid forms between the two layers. If your pet’s enclosure is too dry, this fluid layer will not form properly, making it difficult for your reptile to shed properly. To create more humidity, the entire tank can be lightly spray misted twice a day during shedding time. Spray once in the morning and once later in the day. Make sure the later spray dries completely before lights go off for the night. A shallow dish of clean water can be kept in the enclosure at all times to help with humidity and shedding. However, if you find your tortoise sitting in it constantly, pull the dish out and place it back in for just a few hours a day. A tortoise that stays in his water too long is susceptible to shell rot.
Tortoises are popular as reptile pets
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Many keepers prefer to "store" their pets in the garage. The tortoise is placed in a stout cardboard box, that is deep enough that it cannot climb out, and is covered with insulating layers of newspaper. The box is placed up off the cement floor in an area free from drafts or rats. If the box is placed in your garage, remember not to run automobile engines because of the risk of poisoning from the fumes. A cool closet is also a safe place for hibernation. Many keepers now prefer a "box-in-box" method, where the inner box is large enough for the tortoise to turn around in which is placed in a larger box 3-5 inches larger with insulating layers of newspapers below and around the inner box. This insulation layer helps maintain more stable temps and is very helpful is utilizing a garage or area that is subject to temperature swings. Utilize a minimum/maximum thermometer and strive to maintain temps at 42 to 55°F; do not keep in an area where temps will stay at 60 to 65°F and above for extended periods of time as it can cause increased metabolism, resulting in excessive water/weight loss and possible illness, even death. Use a minimum/maximum thermometer "weather station/remote sensor" to monitor temps inside AND outside of the box to monitor temps in your chosen location, striving for stability. Tortoises are popular as reptile pets. They are interesting and will thrive and give the hobbyist many decades of pet-owning pleasure (many species can live 60 years or more!) as long as they are properly maintained and cared for. In this article I will discuss three common ailments that may be encountered in pet tortoises and what you should look out for.