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For Countertop:

The eggs must be at room temperature, because otherwise, we risk that the countertop will be left in the middle!

We separate the eggs, we beat the egg whites with the salt powder, after a few minutes we add the sugar,

mix well until all the sugar melts. Add the yolks one by one, mixing continuously until smooth.

We turn off the mixer and add a little vanilla and rum essence to the dough (I use these flavors because I don't like the intense egg taste on the counter, but you can omit this), mix a little more, and with the help of a sieve put flour mixed with baking powder and cocoa, but be careful, gradually put in 2-3 tranches and mix lightly with a silicone or wooden palette until you incorporate everything very well.

We pour the dough obtained in a detachable tray of 26cm lined with baking paper only on

bottom, and grease the edges with oil and sprinkle a little flour, so as not to stick, then put the tray in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or most likely do the test with a toothpick or skewer stick (in my case: D)

When the pond is ready, we close the oven and leave the tray there with the door ajar so as not to cool down suddenly, otherwise we risk leaving it.

When it has cooled completely, we take it out of the tray, on the edges we use a knife, then we cut it in 3 horizontally.

For syrup:

I did everything by eye ... I put in a bowl hot water, a few tablespoons of sugar (to taste) and for flavor, vanilla essence. Stir to melt the sugar and let it cool.

For the raspberry mousse:

Put hydrated gelatin granules in 2.3 tablespoons of cold water.

I heated the raspberries together with the sugar, so that the sugar granules melted, then I blended well and passed the obtained paste through a sieve, to get rid of the seeds.

Put the sauce on the fire again, until it is warm to hot and add the hydrated gelatin left in the microwave for a few seconds. Stir and set aside.

Melt the white chocolate on a steam bath and let it cool a little, then mix it with the raspberries.

Mix the cream cheese until it becomes creamy and add the raspberry mixture with the melted chocolate, mix until it becomes a homogeneous paste.

Cream the whipped cream semi-hard (ie not to be beaten, but not very liquid) with a tablespoon of powdered sugar and add it to the raspberry cream, first with a tablespoon and then the rest of the whipped cream. Mix everything with light movements from bottom to top with a spatula until you get a homogeneous cream.

For whiskey whipped cream mousse:

Put the gelatin soaked in cold water for 10 minutes.

We put the milk on the fire so that it is very hot, not boiling and over it we put the vanilla essence and whiskey cream, cover the kettle and leave it for about 10 minutes.

During this time, beat the yolks with the sugar until they turn white and double in volume. Over this composition, pour the warm milk in a thin thread, mix well and transfer everything to the heat until the composite starts to thicken. Be very careful not to leave too much, it should not boil !!!

When it is ready, add it suddenly, squeeze the water gelatin and add it to the egg composition, mix well and let it cool completely.

When it has cooled, we mix it with whipped cream and with a spatula we homogenize everything with light movements from the bottom up.


We place the tray in which the countertop baked again, we put the first sheet, we syrup it, the raspberry mousse, the second sheet, and we syrup, the whipped cream mousse and at the end the last sheet of countertop that we also syrup. Let cool for at least 4 hours or until the next day.

I made more cream, to know for sure that it will be enough for me, so I didn't put all the cream between the countertops!

After the creams have hardened, carefully remove the detachable ring, grease the cake with whipped cream mousse on the entire surface, to be uniform and pour the mirror icing over it.

For the mirror glaze:

We put gelatin sheets in cold water, just enough to cover it completely.

In a kettle, put water, sugar and glucose on the fire and let it boil until it boils a few times. Put it aside and let it cool until it reaches a bearable temperature for the gelatin, I put a finger in the syrup and if it didn't fry me I put the gelatin squeezed well with water and I mixed it until it was incorporated in the syrup.

Pour the resulting mixture over the white chocolate, which I broke into small pieces and mix vigorously until it melts.

At the end, add the condensed milk together with the dye, mix and let it cool completely.

We place a larger grill over the stove tray, and we put the cake over it (for this reason we also used the detachable ring tray).

Pour the cooled icing over the cake and leave it until it hardens well, well.

Transfer the iced cake to a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

I decorated it with various popcorn, pink sugar, I wrote with a special pink pencil and on the edges I made white melted chocolate triangles with a few drops of dye, but you can also make patterns from fruit syrup.

For decoration:

Melt the chocolate on a bain marie, then spread it on a baking paper of about 2-3 mm and as even as possible.

When the chocolate is still hot, we put a few drops of dye from place to place and with the help of a toothpick we mix the 2 colors until we obtain the desired effect.

Let the chocolate harden for a few minutes, then while it is still not very hard, cut it into triangles as equal and a little higher than the size of the cake.

Let the chocolate harden completely, then take a triangle and place it on the edge of the cake from place to place.

Let the cake cool until serving time !!!

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If you are soaking daily, never. I never see it from any of my babies.

If you do see it once in a while, its not a big deal.

Pure Tortoise Power

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If you are soaking daily, never. I never see it from any of my babies.

If you do see it once in a while, its not a big deal.

The Dog Trainer

How long have you been soaking daily? If the tortoise was kept dry before you go it, it may still be purging built up urates.

What is the ambient humidity in the enclosure? If the tortoise is drying out too much during the day, in between soaks, it could cause more urates to form.

Pure Tortoise Power

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How long have you been soaking daily? If the tortoise was kept dry before you go it, it may still be purging built up urates.

What is the ambient humidity in the enclosure? If the tortoise is drying out too much during the day, in between soaks, it could cause more urates to form.

Pure Tortoise Power

Active Member
The Dog Trainer

Pure Tortoise Power

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The Dog Trainer

If these are not available over there, then I'd get the largest aquarium I could find and close in as much of the top as you can. It works best of the lights and heat are all contained inside the enclosure and the top is closed. This will mean you’ll need lower wattage bulbs, and that is a good thing too.

Pure Tortoise Power

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If these are not available over there, then I'd get the largest aquarium I could find and close in as much of the top as you can. It works best of the lights and heat are all contained inside the enclosure and the top is closed. This will mean you’ll need lower wattage bulbs, and that is a good thing too.

Pure Tortoise Power

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Pure Tortoise Power

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The Dog Trainer



Most urates have Calcium Oxalate. If your tortoise have too much urates. It means

1. the calcium in the food is not used by its body. You may need to consider to add D3 or expose it to higher UVB or sun light directly to increase the absorbance of calcium

2. Too much oxalic acid in the food. Spinach has very high oxalic acid along with many other vegs. Mature pad cactus also has high oxalic acid. Try to feed it with some grasses which have much lower oxalic acid

3. Some desert tortoise body has a mechanism to reuse the water in their urine. And they But their bladder will only absorb the water but leave the urates in the urine their bladder. Later the urates will grow larger and large and finally will be a big health problem. Those desert tortoises are designed by their DNA to use this function more and so they usually don’t like to pee. In this case, you should soak the tortoise everyday. Soaking can trigger the tortoise to pee. So it will have some chance to pee the urates out. Also try to increase the humidity. If the tortoise is not in a dry environment. Their bodies will absorb less water from their urine and will also let the urates will not be accumulated in their bodies but get out through pee.

Pure Tortoise Power

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Most urates have Calcium Oxalate. If your tortoise have too much urates. It means

1. the calcium in the food is not used by its body. You may need to consider to add D3 or expose it to higher UVB or sun light directly to increase the absorbance of calcium

2. Too much oxalic acid in the food. Spinach has very high oxalic acid along with many other vegs. Mature pad cactus also has high oxalic acid. Try to feed it with some grasses which have much lower oxalic acid

3. Some desert tortoise body has a mechanism to reuse the water in their urine. And they But their bladder will only absorb the water but leave the urates in the urine their bladder. Later the urates will grow larger and large and finally will be a big health problem. Those desert tortoises are designed by their DNA to use this function more and so they usually don’t like to pee. In this case, you should soak the tortoise everyday. Soaking can trigger the tortoise to pee. So it will have some chance to pee the urates out. Also try to increase the humidity. If the tortoise is not in a dry environment. Their bodies will absorb less water from their urine and will also let the urates will not be accumulated in their bodies but get out through pee.

Hold on, so at the third point you're saying that it's pretty normal that dessert torts pee out the urates?

1. The calcium supplement I give to my tort also contains vitamin D3, which wouldn't harm my tort.

2. I've never fed the high oxalic acid concentration food you mentioned. I feed my tort commercial tortoise food, which is mostly fiber.

3. As mentioned, I soak it every single day, even twice a day. The enclosure is literally almost filled with water vapor, it's a closed chamber. However, I still notice its skin and shell drying out. Perhaps my problem is really a Tom mentioned.

The Dog Trainer

Most urates have Calcium Oxalate. If your tortoise have too much urates. It means

1. the calcium in the food is not used by its body. You may need to consider to add D3 or expose it to higher UVB or sun light directly to increase the absorbance of calcium

2. Too much oxalic acid in the food. Spinach has very high oxalic acid along with many other vegs. Mature pad cactus also has high oxalic acid. Try to feed it with some grasses which have much lower oxalic acid

3. Some desert tortoise body has a mechanism to reuse the water in their urine. And they But their bladder will only absorb the water but leave the urates in the urine their bladder. Later the urates will grow larger and large and finally will be a big health problem. Those desert tortoises are designed by their DNA to use this function more and so they usually don’t like to pee. In this case, you should soak the tortoise everyday. Soaking can trigger the tortoise to pee. So it will have some chance to pee the urates out. Also try to increase the humidity. If the tortoise is not in a dry environment. Their bodies will absorb less water from their urine and will also let the urates will not be accumulated in their bodies but get out through pee.

One and two are false. This is not correct. Excess calcium is simply passed. It does not collect in the bladder. Likewise, oxalic acid has nothing to do with urate formation. Urates are formed as a by-product of protein digestion. The tortoise just needs enough water to flush the urates from its body.

Number three is also not correct. Urinary bladders do not absorb water. They can hold water, but they don't absorb it. And this is not a function of DNA or where they live in a desert, or not. All reptiles have the ability to conserve water during dry times. Mammals do too, although mammals do not form urates. Mammals just concentrate the urine more.

Your tips on humidity, soaking more and allowing the tortoise to pass the urates are spot on though!

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Desert tortoises have been kept as pets in Arizona for many decades. It is not surprising that so many people find this endearing desert denizen so appealing. Tortoises are highly personable and often appear to interact with people and other animals around them. Unfortunately, these positive qualities have become yet another threat to its existence, especially near rapidly-growing urban areas.

We generally do not believe that desert tortoises should be kept as pets, if by "pet", one means an animal which is frequently handled. Tortoises fare best when handled or disturbed as little as possible, although much enjoyment and understanding of the nature of the desert tortoise can be gained simply by observation of natural behavior. On the other hand, so many tortoises are presently held in captivity in Arizona that it would be impossible and impractical to strictly prohibit possession of them. Wild desert tortoises have been strictly protected since 1987 due to concerns about the potential for decline of their populations. Tortoises may not be collected from the wild, imported, or exported from Arizona without specific permission from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Tortoises obtained from a captive source, however, may be kept, with one tortoise per family member allowed under Arizona wildlife regulations.

For these reasons, tortoise adoption programs have been established to help facilitate the transfer of surplus or unwanted captives to custodians who are sufficiently informed and committed to provide an appropriate home for them. In Arizona, no one “owns” a desert tortoise, but people may become “custodians” to insure the welfare and longevity of those already in captivity. Because tortoises are so long-lived (80-100 years or more!), The custodial commitment may well last a lifetime. The tortoise may, as likely as not, outlive its custodian!

The Tortoise Adoption Program administered by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was established to aid the welfare of tortoises already in captivity and insure the preservation of wild tortoises. The program is therefore dedicated to the well-being and survival of the desert tortoise throughout its range. However, the program only serves Tucson and its surrounding suburbs. In general, tortoises can be adopted from April 1 through September 30 of each year, subject to availability.

One of the most important aspects of tortoise care is proper diet therefore, please follow these guidelines to insure the health and longevity of the animal (s) you care for. The old story of the tortoise and the hare is true but incomplete. Tortoises do move slowly. In fact they live slowly, but they also die slowly. Tortoises will accept many foods that are not good for them and appear healthy for years. In reality, such diets impair organ function and are cumulative, resulting in the eventual death of the animal. Tortoises have evolved by making something out of nothing. They have adapted to withstand food and water deprivation and great fluctuations in climatic conditions.

They cannot tolerate improper diets rich in fruits or animal fats. Please do not make the mistake of viewing a tortoise as if it were a child or typical pet (dog or cat.) They are reptile specialists with specific needs. The desert tortoise is herbivorous, feeding mostly on native grasses, leafy plants and flowers. For feeding a captive tortoise see the recommended tortoise diet in Appendix III.

Caution must be exercised to insure that captive tortoises cannot consume toxic landscape plants such as oleander, chinaberry trees, desert & tree tobacco, and toadstools. Do not feed tortoises lettuce of any kind as it is poor in nutrition. Hamburger or other meat, and dog, cat, or monkey foods do not provide appropriate nutritional balance and should not be offered.

Cactus fruits may be fed in relatively small amounts and only when they are in season. Native grasses and others such as Bermuda grass, dichondra, clover, or alfalfa must be planted inside the enclosure in sufficient quantity to allow daily grazing. When dark greens are offered, they should be clean, fresh, and chopped or grated into pieces small enough for the tortoise to eat. Produce foods should be served on a dish or feeding platform to prevent ingestion of gravel or sand, which can cause gastrointestinal irritation or impaction. A shallow puddle of water for drinking should be provided at least twice a week during the months of activity. A partially buried saucer or shallow trash can lid (plastic or galvanized steel) works well (be sure that the tortoise can climb in and out of it easily.) This water source should be allowed to dry up in between waterings.

Cold Weather Care

In Arizona, desert tortoises should be kept outdoors all year whenever possible. As the weather turns cool in the fall, the tortoise will prepare to hibernate.

The appetite will decrease and it will become less active. It will have a fat reserve built up and should easily survive through the winter's hibernation if it has eaten well during the warm months. A den can be constructed above ground using concrete blocks and 3/4 "plywood or half of a metal trash can. See Appendix IV for burrow construction. The structure should be covered by at least 8-12 inches of soil for insulation. Ideally, two dens should be constructed, a winter den with a southern exposure and a summer burrow with an eastern, northern or northeastern exposure (for the open end).

An alternative method of artificial hibernation is to place the tortoise in a cool, dry protected area such as a garage or storeroom. An insulated box such as a styrofoam ice chest packed with shredded paper or straw and covered with several layers of blankets or newspapers generally provides adequate protection. The box should be kept up off the floor and away from drafts and rodent invasion. The temperature should remain around 40-55 & degF (4.5-13 & degC) and the humidity range between 30-40%. These parameters can be monitored using an inexpensive thermometer and humidity meter. The tortoise will not achieve metabolic hibernation if the hibernaculum is too warm.

Hibernating tortoises should be kept in the dark, and quietly checked every week or two to see that no health problems are developing. Otherwise, do not expose the tortoise to light or other disturbances. In general, it is best to avoid moving tortoises around during hibernation. However, artificially hibernated tortoises (indoors) have a significant risk of dehydration. Therefore, animals kept indoors through the winter should be offered water, once every 2-3 weeks for juveniles and every 4-6 weeks for adults. Additionally, tortoises hibernated outdoors that choose to hibernate outside of their burrows in places that leave them vulnerable to the elements, should be moved inside the burrow. If they continually leave the burrow, they may not be healthy or there might be a problem with either the placement or construction of the burrow. Please contact the TAP for help in these cases (520-883-3062).

Winter Procedures for Tortoises in Poor Condition

If the tortoise cannot hibernate due to a health problem or inadequate weight, follow these recommendations for indoor care: house the tortoise in an enclosure at least 1 square meter in area. The enclosure should maintain a daytime temperature of between 80-85 & degF. (27-30 & degC.). This can be achieved by placing a light above the enclosure and installing a thermometer inside. A 75 or 150 watt infrared flood lamp works well for this purpose. Be sure to calibrate the floor temperature with a thermometer before introducing the tortoise. Different wattages may be tried until the desired temperature is achieved.

Provide food according to the summer feeding schedule and provide fresh water at least three times weekly. Take the tortoise outside whenever the sun is shining and temperatures are around 70 & degF (18 & degC.). Frequent exposure to sunlight is beneficial to tortoises in rehabilitation and will usually stimulate their appetite. Shade must always be available. Placing a container in full sunlight can cause the tortoise to overheat and die. Maintain a normal daily photoperiod by turning off the light at sunset. Leaving the light on at night may result in hyperthyroidism, a glandular disorder.

Warm Weather Care

As spring approaches, tortoises become more active. As soon as the tortoise emerges, be sure to provide shallow puddles of lukewarm drinking water. It will gradually resume its warm weather routine of eating, basking and exercise. Tortoises maintained in southern Arizona are usually active by early April (this varies greatly among tortoises) but may remain or become inactive in the hot, dry summer months. Tortoises in the Sonoran Desert are most active during the summer rainy season.

The minimum enclosure size for a single adult desert tortoise should encompass at least 120 square feet. This area is large enough for a single male or up to three females. (Females should be kept in a separate enclosure from males to avoid breeding.) The enclosure can be constructed of concrete block, adobe, or other solid material. Other acceptable materials include 1 "x 2" welded wire fencing or 2 "poultry netting supported by rebar and sunk at least 8 inches in the ground. Wire fencing for adult tortoises should have 2" wide spacing to prevent tortoise legs and heads from becoming entangled . Enclosures for hatchlings to approximately three years of age require no more than 1 "wide spaces to prevent escape. If you are housing sexually-mature females, it is a good idea to install an outer perimeter fence of 1" poultry netting to contain hatchlings which might appear unannounced and escape through the 2 "fencing. The wall should be at least 18 inches high. Desert tortoises climb well, so the shelter den or other interior structures should be at least 12 inches away from the perimeter enclosure. Tortoises will readily escape and may travel considerable distances.

Pools or ponds must be fenced off from tortoises. Insecticides, pesticides, paint and paint thinners, fertilizers and other toxic agents should never be used in or near any tortoise enclosure. Dogs may be a problem if they have access to the tortoise. Dogs can chew the tortoise shell and limbs causing serious damage.

In warm weather, it is essential that the tortoise have access to shade. A tortoise may dig a shallow depression (pallet) in the soil, usually beneath a shrub or other low-growing vegetation for shelter from the summer sun. The pallet may become a frequently used shelter site during the warm months. Water is best provided by creating a depression in the soil or using a plastic saucer with water available at least twice weekly. It should be large enough for the animal to crawl into and soak and shallow enough to allow easy exit (tortoises can drown). Tortoises will absorb water through the cloaca (located in the tail) during this process. During the summer the burrow (den) must have afternoon shade and the interior cannot exceed 90 & degF. Otherwise the tortoise may overheat and be subject to brain damage! If one is unsure of how hot a burrow is getting, use a Minimum / Maximum thermometer to record high and low temperatures (which is usually available at a hardware store). (See the checklist in Appendix I for tortoise enclosure guidelines.)

Disease and Injury

Desert tortoises are subject to various diseases. Disease often results from opportunistic pathogens or parasites which take advantage of tortoises weakened by stress, malnutrition, or improper physical environment. Prevention of disease is best accomplished by providing the recommended physical environment, shelter features, and diet. These are the most important responsibilities of the custodian tortoise and cannot be emphasized enough!

If the custodian also keeps tortoises of different species it is critical that the desert tortoise not come in contact with those tortoises or their habitat. Very serious and potentially fatal diseases can be transmitted between species. Regular veterinary checks are recommended.

Although most tortoise pathogens are not transmissible to humans, some, like Salmonella, It has. Therefore, children under five years of age and individuals with an impaired immune system should be discouraged from handling tortoises (or any reptiles for that matter.) After handling a tortoise or its fecal pellets a person should wash their hands with an anti-bacterial soap .

Tortoises are susceptible to pneumonia and other respiratory ailments. Symptoms are inactivity, runny nose, labored breathing and loss of appetite. Healthy tortoises do not move the head and forelimbs in and out to facilitate breathing. Chronic nasal discharge or raspy breathing should receive veterinary attention. Respiratory problems are sometimes treated with antibiotics.

Parasites are also common in tortoises. If their presence is suspected, consult a veterinarian immediately. Symptoms are usually listlessness accompanied by weight loss and abdominal stress.

Another common problem is vitamin deficiencies. For example, symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency include swollen eyelids and nasal discharge. This can be prevented by providing the recommended diet. Tortoises are easily overdosed on fat soluble vitamins so these should be avoided unless prescribed by a veterinarian.

Sunken eyes indicate dehydration. Swollen body tissues and pasty or liquid feces indicate malnutrition or infection. Prolonged inactivity or tendency to keep the eyes closed may also be indicative of a health problem, although tortoises are normally inactive during winter hibernation or dry summer aestivation.

Sick tortoises often refuse to eat and become emaciated. A tortoise should be referred to a veterinarian if it seems abnormally light, indicating dehydration or emaciation, or too heavy, which may indicate large bladder stones. The legs and head should appear symmetrical and bones should not appear too prominent.

The condition of the fecal pellets often reflects the health of the tortoise. Normal healthy feces are very fibrous, firm, and brownish-green in color, with plant material readily recognizable. It is normal for tortoises to periodically excrete a gray to whitish, chalky material however, this should not occur continuously. Feces which are loose, runny, or contain mucous often indicate a health problem requiring veterinary attention.

Fibrous osteodystrophy is typically evidenced by a soft shell, usually caused by malnutrition resulting from lack of a proper calcium to phosphorus ratio, sunlight, or both. This condition can be prevented by feeding only those foods on the recommended diet and by keeping the tortoise outdoors when night temperatures do not go below 45-50 & degF. (9-10 & degC.). In cases where tortoises, particularly hatchlings, must be kept indoors for any length of time, it is wise to provide a source of artificial full-spectrum lighting (see Appendix II).

Tortoises sometimes suffer physical injury resulting in cracks or fractures in the shell. Such problems can be treated at home unless the crack is severe. Consult a veterinarian to determine whether professional assistance is necessary. The following procedures are recommended to repair minor cracks:

Cleanse the crack with sterile (boiled and cooled) water. Apply Betadine (Povidone iodine) solution to disinfect the wound, cover it with a sterile gauze pad, and tape the gauze in position with first aid adhesive or surgical tape. Place the tortoise in a box lined with clean rags or paper towels. Place the box in a warm, quiet place indoors and do not disturb except to occasionally offer water (NO FOOD) during the first 24 hours. Within a few days, it is usually safe to offer food and gradually reintroduce the tortoise to its regular enclosure. It will take many months for the shell to heal, so the tortoise should be handled as little as possible during this time. The wound should be checked periodically to monitor infection. Re-tape as necessary until the wound heals. Consult a veterinarian immediately whenever you suspect that your tortoise has contracted a disease or has been injured.

Summary of Disease Symptoms

If your tortoise exhibits any of the following symptoms, please consult a veterinarian (familiar with tortoises): runny nose labored breathing sunken eyes or swollen eyelids loose stools loss of appetite listlessness swollen body tissues prominent bones (in head or limbs) soft shell tendency to keep eyes closed noticeable weight loss or gain (in short period of time .)

Tortoise Reproduction and Arizona Wildlife Laws

Desert tortoises reproduce readily in captivity under proper conditions. This presents a dilemma, however, for the tortoise custodian since, under Arizona wildlife regulations, the hatchling tortoises may only be kept for up to 24 months, at which time they must be disposed of by gift or as directed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Captive tortoises may not be imported, or exported outside of Arizona under any circumstances, without authorization by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is illegal to release captive tortoises, due to the risk of the released captive:

  • Introducing pathogens or parasites to wild populations.
  • Displacing resident wild tortoises.
  • Maladapting to wild conditions and dying.

Additionally, young tortoises require more intensive care, are subject to predation by a greater number of animals and many die before reaching adulthood. Consequently, it is difficult to find homes for hatchlings. For these reasons, we discourage backyard breeding of desert tortoises and will not place pairs of animals or an animal that completes a pair with custodians unless the tortoises are kept in separate enclosures.

Distinguishing the Sexes

The sex of adult tortoises can be determined by several criteria. First examine the plastron (lower shell). The rear portion is concave in mature males. This indentation enables the male to fit the carapace (upper shell) of the female during mating. The plastron is flat in mature females. Immature tortoises of either sex have flat plastra. Therefore age, best determined by size in the absence of an actual life history, is important in determining sex. Tortoises are generally sexually mature when the straight-line carapace measurement reaches between 6-8 inches (which usually occurs between 10 and 20 yrs of age). The rear of the carapace typically flares out in females and is nearly vertically flat in males, and males have proportionally longer tails.

Courtship and Mating

Male tortoises court females in the spring and summer. The male will nod his head at the female as he approaches, often circling her before attempting to mate. The female will often appear to ignore the male, but usually becomes receptive to his courting attitude. Copulation can be very brief or may continue for hours. Both males and females may mate with several individuals in the course of a year. Fighting between males may occur where one male rams the other. Sometimes one male will be flipped over by the other and will suffer internal damage, and may die, if it doesn't flip itself back over in a fairly short period of time.

Eggs and Incubation

Eggs are typically laid in July immediately before or after the first summer rains. The female may be capable of laying fertile eggs for up to 4 years from a single mating by retaining viable sperm. In such cases, the number of fertile eggs per clutch will diminish with time. The female digs a nest hole in the soil to lay her eggs. The typical clutch includes from 2 to 14 eggs. The size and age of the female determines clutch size. After depositing the eggs, the female fills in the nest hole. There is some evidence that females may defend the nest site for some time against potential predators, although they do not care for the offspring. Hatching normally occurs between 80 to 120 days after the eggs are laid. The hatchlings crack the eggshell with a temporary protrusion on the upper jaw, called the egg tooth, which is lost soon after hatching. Alternating between periods of activity and rest, the hatchling emerges from the egg and digs its way to the surface. At this time, the hatchling is about the size of a silver dollar. The shell is quite pliable, and some yolk may still be attached to the plastron. The hatchling may take 1-2 days to exit the egg.

Nesting females can be quite secretive in their nesting activities and the custodian may be unaware of the eggs until they hatch. In most cases, it is best to leave the eggs in the nest to hatch. However, if their location is at risk and the custodian wants to attempt to incubate the eggs, the following procedure is recommended:

Mark the top of each egg with a graphite pencil before removing them from the nest, and be careful not to turn them. Carefully remove each egg from the nest and place it in the incubator in the exact position in which it was laid. The slightest rotation of the egg can cause the embryo to break loose from the internal membranes resulting in death.

A commercial poultry incubator can be used or one can be constructed using a styrofoam box, a heating pad or incandescent light for heat, four inches of slightly moistened perlite or vermiculate (both are available from local plant nurseries), and a piece of window glass to cover the top of the box. A plastic container with a lid is also a good option. A thermometer should be used to calibrate the incubation temperature and kept in the incubator to monitor temperature throughout incubation. Appropriate temperature and moisture are the most important factors for successful incubation. The temperature should be maintained at about 85°F (32°C.). The light wattage required to maintain this temperature will vary according to the type of incubator used and the ambient temperature in the room where the incubator is kept.

The perlite should be slightly moist but not wet, with a relative humidity of about 60% inside the incubator. A slight amount of condensation should always be evident on the cover glass. If excessive condensation forms, resulting in water dripping onto the eggs, wipe the glass clean until condensation is reduced to a light fog. Add water as needed by dripping along the edges of the sand, but never directly on the eggs. It is best to set up the incubator and calibrate the temperature and humidity before the eggs arrive.

Special Care for Hatchlings

Never remove hatching tortoises from the egg. They generally require 2-4 days to fully absorb the yolk after breaking through the shell. The hatchlings may emerge with the yolk sac still attached to the plastron. This is the only food source they need until it is fully absorbed. It provides vital nutrients for the hatchling and should not be disturbed. The hatchling can be placed on clean wax paper to protect the yolk until it is absorbed. Hatchlings may utilize nutrients from the yolk-sac for up to two years.

It is highly recommended that hatchlings be kept outside. It is possible to maintain them inside during the first year, but it is not advisable after that.

Indoor Care

Hatchlings can be kept in a plastic shoe or sweater box, or similar container. The container must be clean and protected from invasion of insects, especially ants. Hatchlings easily tip over onto their backs, usually by climbing against the wall or over siblings. One hatchling per box is best to reduce this problem.

Hatchlings should be maintained on a substrate of soil or gravel 1/4 - 1/2 inch in diameter. Sand and fine gravel should be avoided since they may ingest it, causing fecal impaction and gastrointestinal infections. The daytime temperature for hatchlings should range between 80-85°F (27-32°C) with a temperature drop at night to 68-75°F (20-25°C.) A normal day/night light cycle should be maintained. Hatchlings must receive regular solar radiation to insure proper vitamin D synthesis and calcium assimilation. Standard glass filters out the required ultraviolet radiation in the UV-B range, thus placing the hatchling container by a window is ineffective. The minimum requirements seem to be met by artificial full-spectrum lighting (see Appendix II.) Daily exposure to sunlight or a reasonable substitute is essential to optimal health and bone development. Shade and respite from heat is essential to avoid dehydration, heat stress and death. A sleeping shelter box of some type should be provided.

If healthy, hatchlings should be allowed to hibernate during their first winter. An inside hibernation is acceptable if the same methods outlined for adults are followed on a miniature scale. Approximately two or three weeks prior to placing hatchlings in hibernation, feeding must be stopped to allow the digestive tract to empty. During hibernation indoor hatchlings should be soaked in a shallow dish containing approximately 1/4 inch of water for 30 minutes every 2 to 3 weeks. When the hatchlings become active in the spring, they should be removed from hibernation and placed in their enclosure to resume regular feeding.

Outdoor Care

Hatchlings may be maintained in an outside enclosure as described previously. A miniature version of the adult burrow should be prepared for warm weather shelter and cold weather hibernation. Several tortoises can use the same burrow. The enclosure should provide both sun and shade throughout the day. Avoid sand or fine gravel as a substrate for the reasons mentioned above.

Since young tortoises must be protected from predators such as cats, dogs and birds, the enclosure must be covered. The covering must allow sunlight into the enclosure. Wire fencing or poultry netting is appropriate provided the openings in the mesh are of a size that the tortoise will not get its head or legs stuck in it. It should either be too small for the head or limbs to penetrate or large enough to allow the head and limbs to freely enter and exit.

To protect the hatchlings from ants, it is advisable to keep their burrows away from grassy feeding zones which may attract ants because of the availability of extra water.

As the weather becomes cooler in the fall, the appetite of the hatchlings in an outdoor enclosure should naturally decrease. Do not provide any supplemental food after approximately October 1. If a hatchling attempts to hibernate outside the burrow, move it inside the burrow. During hibernation either inside or outside, some mortality can be expected, but survival is usually considerably higher than in the wild.

The same types of foods offered to adults should be available to young tortoises however, in different amounts. The diet should contain about twice the protein and half the fiber content of the adult diet until the third year. Course, dry, alfalfa hay should be avoided. It is best to offer mulberry and grape leaves, clover, alfalfa, dichondra, filaree, spurge, rose petals, petunias, verbena, and native plants such as globe mallow. Hatchlings eat frequently and must have food provided to them several times a day. In an outdoor enclosure, several of these plants must be established in the enclosure to allow frequent browsing. If the hatchlings are housed inside, a grazing box is recommended. A plastic sweater or shoe box can be planted with a mixture of alfalfa and clover. After the plants are established, the tortoises should be placed in the box several times a day and allowed to graze. Shade must be available in the container at all times and avoid the hot part of the day in the summer. For inside and outside enclosures, to prevent overgrazing, fourteen days of plant growth is recommended before allowing the tortoises access to the plants. If supplementary foods are offered, remove uneaten portions from the enclosure at the end of the day to avoid attracting insects. Insecticides, pesticides or other toxic chemicals should never be used near the hatchlings, as hatchlings are especially susceptible to these compounds.

Hatchlings require shallow puddles of water for drinking and soaking. As mentioned above, shallow saucers can be used for this but should be allowed to dry in between waterings. The shell of a hatchling is relatively soft but will harden over time if the tortoise has access to an appropriate diet and sunlight (or an acceptable substitute.)

Summary of Hatchling Tortoise Feeding and Management

The hatchling diet should contain about twice the protein and half the fiber content of the adult diet until the third year. Foods high in cellulose such as coarse, dry alfalfa (hay) should not be offered since they are difficult for hatchlings to digest. By the third year, grasses should be gradually increased. Hatchlings eat frequently and must have food provided to them several times a day. Remove uneaten portions of supplementary foods at the end of the day. If left overnight, it will often attract insects, especially ants, which are a major threat to hatchlings.

The hatchling diet should consist of mulberry and grape leaves, clover, dichondra, alfalfa, filaree, spurge, roses, petunias, verbena, and native plants such as globemallow. Several of these food plants should be established inside the tortoise enclosure to allow frequent browsing. Clover and alfalfa seed should be mixed before planting and at least 14 days of growth allowed before placing the tortoise in the enclosure. This will give the plants time to grow so that they will not be overgrazed.

Construct a smaller burrow (miniature version of the adult burrow) for hatchlings that allows easy removal of the animals for inspection. Be sure that the animal cannot escape under or through enclosure barrier and will not become entrapped by the enclosure material.Use soil and/or medium gravel as a substrate (do not use sand.)

The Authors

This document was originally written by James L. Jarchow, D.V.M. and Howard E. Lawler. Dr. Jarchow is the consulting veterinarian for reptiles and amphibians at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He is an internationally-recognized authority in wildlife veterinary medicine and a specialist in desert tortoise health management who has conducted numerous field and clinical studies of North American tortoises. He can be contacted at (520) 888-8988. Mr. Lawler was Curator of Herpetology and Ichthyology at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum from 1981 - 1996. Since its publication in 1994, this document was revised by Craig S. Ivanyi, Collections Manager for Herpetology, and Cynthia Wicker, the Coordinator of the TAP, for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

This document is dedicated to the memory of Ms. Betty Vance who served as the Coordinator for the TAP for many years. Through her love of tortoises and tireless efforts this program was made possible.

50 Summery Fresh Fruit Desserts That Make the Most of the Season's Best Produce

When it comes to summer dessert, nothing is better than fresh fruit. Berries, melons, peaches, and more are at their ripest, and most fruit can be eaten straight or doused in a little honey or cream. But sometimes you want something a little more complex, that still highlights the best summer flavors&mdashor you're looking to use up a pint of berries before they go bad. That's why we come bearing the best fruit dessert recipes that you simply must try out this summer.

Naturally sweet and full of flavor, fruit makes the perfect addition to cake recipes, pie recipes, and other treats. This season, we invite you to make a blackberry-filled dessert the freshest finale to all your summer dinners. You can also stick to classics like cherry pie and berry cobbler, but we encourage you to think outside the box, too. Try semifreddo&mdasha creamy cousin to ice cream cake that easy to make and easier to finish. Or you can add grown-up twists to your after-dinner treat, like cucumber key lime pie or blueberry-basil frozen yogurt.

A handful of cool concoctions, like a berry icebox cake and blueberry yogurt ice pops, will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, they'll also help you beat the heat. And remember, fruity fares don&rsquot need to be classified as strictly after-dinner indulgences &mdash some of these are perfectly at home at the breakfast table as they are capping off dinner. (Either way, they pair well with a cup of coffee!) No excuse is needed to try your hand at a new fruit dessert recipe (although the lemon curd mousse will be a certified party pleaser). For even more ideas, check out these healthy dessert recipes.

2 rețete de cremă de tort cu ciocolată

1. Într-un bol mic termorezistent, se rupe ciocolata bucățele și se adaugă și untul. Se încălzește o oală cu puțină apă și se topesc ciocolata și untul la bain-marie.

2. Se adaugă aproximativ 1/2 cană cu smântână în compoziția cu ciocolată albă și se amestecă bine, până când se combină ingredientele.

3. Într-un bol mai mare, se toarnă smântâna rămasă alături de mixul cu ciocolată albă. Cu ajutorul unui tel sau a unui mixer, se amestecă bine crema, până când devine omogenă și pufoasă. Ai grijă să nu amesteci prea tare și să-i dai un aspect poros. Se acoperă bolul cu folie alimentară și se lasă la frigider să se răcească, până când se prepară blatul.

Dacă ai de gând să folosești crema de tort cu ciocolată albă și pentru exteriorul tortului, te sfătuim să păstrezi o bucățică de ciocolată solidă pentru a o rade deasupra. Efectul e maxim!


  • 2 teaspoons unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 recipe Deep-Dish Pâte Brisée dough
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Pink Lady apples (12 ounces), halved, cored, and sliced a scant 1/8 inch thick (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (6 ounces), peeled, halved, cored, and sliced a scant 1/8 inch thick (about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 425°F with a rack in bottom position. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/8-inch-thick. Trim dough to a 12-inch round fit into a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim edges to 1 inch, then fold under to double thickness of edge. Stir together jam and ginger spread over dough in pan. Refrigerate 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss together Pink Lady apple slices, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons flour, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Starting from outside, tightly shingle apples over dough in pan in concentric circles, covering two-thirds of dough.

In another bowl, toss together Granny Smith apple slices and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Shingle apples over dough in pan in center, leaving any excess juice and sugar in bowl. When you get to the very center, roll up a very thin apple slice or two to create center of "rose". Stir a few drops of water into bowl with residual fruit juices and sugar to create a glaze set aside.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking until apples are tender and crust is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes more, brushing with glaze from bowl once during cooking and once after removing from oven. Transfer pan to a wire rack let cool 15 minutes. Remove sides of pan and transfer tart to rack let cool at least 15 minutes more. Serve warm or room temperature. Tart can be stored, covered with parchment-lined foil, at room temperature up to 1 day.

Prăjituri fără zahăr și carbohidrați de la Pink Lemonade

Am mâncat două runde de prăjituri de la Pink Lemonade, o cofetărie mică ce are un specific care probabil va fi de interes pentru mulți: nu pun zahăr în produsele lor, plus că folosesc doar ingrediente naturale, în special unele care reduc numărul de calorii per suta de grame. Asta îi face interesanți pentru cei cu probleme de glicemie/diabet și pentru cei ce țin diverse diete, precum cea keto.

Citiți lista de ingrediente și le veți descoperi doar pe cele de bază, fără adaosuri inutile sau “pentru gust”. Majoritatea conțin ouă, făină de cocos, lapte de migdale, ciocolată neagră fără zahăr, nucă de cocos șamd.

Personal nu credeam că se pot face prăjituri fără zahăr, dar iată că se poate. Unele rețete ies suficient de dulci fără zahăr și fără nici un îndulcitor alternativ. Nu dulci, dar ciocolata sau cocosul le dau un gust de “desert” suficient pentru a-ți face pofta de așa ceva dacă glicemia sau dieta te împiedică să iei o prăjitură normală.

Pentru altele, folosesc xilitol, care-i un îndulcitor natural extras din fructe sau cereale. Xilitolul are gust asemănător cu zahărul, dar este metabolizat fără a afecta nivelul insulinei pentru că are un indice glicemic de vreo 10 ori mai mic decât acesta. În alte rețete am văzut că folosesc ceva numit Pink Sugar, despre care cei de la Pink Lemonade spun că are indice glicemic 0, este natural și important de ei din Germania.

Am mâncat brioșe cu cocos, brioșe cu ciocolată, brownie cu ciocolată și prăjitură cu cocos și ciocolată și senzația a fost cea despre care am spus mai sus: nu par dulci, dar sunt suficiente ca să-mi dea impresia de desert. Brownie-ul, de exemplu, a mers foarte bine alături de cafeaua de dimineață, având chiar gust de negresă cu ciocolată neagră, iar prăjitura cu cocos și ciocolată mi s-a părut foarte bună. Blondie-ul are gust intens de cocos.

Am mai mâncat și crackers cu susan și crackers cu chimen, care intră mai degrabă în categoria “sărați”. Acestea sunt chiar pentru cei cu diete, că au doar vreo 6% carbohidrați. Mai au pe site și pâine very low carb.

Două săptămâni mai târziu, am luat de acolo și un tort. Au două în ofertă, Diplomat și LoLa, ambele fără zahăr sau îndulcitori, fără coloranți sau conservanți. Dacă celelalte produse vin prin curier, după tort trebuie să te duci tu, ocazie cu care am ajuns la sediul lor, un mic punct de lucru aproape de Unirii.

Am luat LoLa Cake, care are straturi de albuș și nucă și de vanilie și ciocolată, cu un munte de coacăze deasupra. A fost… interesant. Are aspect, textură și gust de tort, dar nu este foarte dulce. Tatăl meu, care are glicemia mare și în general nu se atinge de prăjituri, l-a mâncat cu plăcere.

Sigur, nu-i totul perfect. Prețurile sunt mari spre foarte mari (135 lei/kg tortul!), livrarea se face doar prin curier sau ridicare personală pentru torturi, dar cred că oamenii cu probleme de glicemie sau cei cu diete trebuie să știe de o alternativă precum Pink Lemonade.

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Tortoise Edible Plants & Tortoise Edible Weeds that are safe for tortoises to eat including sulcata tortoise safe plants and more.

Various types of tortoises enjoy weeds, plants and other edible greens. You can feed these types of plants to the following species: Sulcata tortoise, leopard tortoise, indian star tortoise, aldabra tortoise, burmese star tortoise, russian tortoise, greek tortoise, hermann’s tortoise, egyptian tortoise, pancake tortoises and most other species of tortoise for sale.

Recommended basic food plants:

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale)
  • Hawkbits (Leontodon spp.)
  • Sowthistles (Sonchus spp.)
  • Hawkweeds (Pictis spp.)
  • Hawkbeards (Crepis spp.)
  • Plantains (Plantago spp.)
  • Clovers (Trifolium spp.)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) [preferred by T. hermanni]
  • Cat’s ears (Hypochoeris spp.)
  • Vetches (Vicina spp.)
  • Trefoils (Lotus spp.)
  • Mallows (Malva spp.)
  • Bindweeds (Calystegia spp.)
  • Sedums (Sedum spp.)
  • Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
  • Also (observed eaten by T. hermanni and T. marginata in Greece):
  • Robinia (pseudo-acacia) leaves
  • Wild clematis
  • Acanthus
  • Nettles

In practice, the important thing is to provide a variety of fresh ‘natural’ graze. This is vastly superior to ‘supermarket salads’ and will supply a far greater range of minerals and essential trace elements. The fiber content will also be far high than ‘commercial’ salads. If you can manage to grow some of these plants in your tortoise enclosure your tortoises will certainly appreciate your efforts. Not only Mediterranean tortoises will benefit from a healthier diet. Ashley Woods, a Tortoise Trust member who keeps and breeds leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis), includes several wild plants in their daily die:

Please note this list is in ad­dition to a large free range area where animals can graze and browse on various grasses and clovers – grass is a very important factor in the diet of leopard and sulcata tortoises, for example. Don’t forget Mazuri tortoise chow, as a 2-3 day a week staple!

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves, stems and flowers.
  • Red clover (Trifolium pratence) leaves, stems & flowers
  • White clover (Trifolium repens) leaves, stems and flowers.
  • Greater Plantain (Plantago media)
  • Ribgrass or Ribwart Plantian (Plantago lancealata)
  • Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus ol­eraceus) leaves, stems & flowers
  • Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus as­per) coarsely or finely chopped.
  • White-Dead Nettle * (Lamilim al­bum)
  • Red-Dead Nettle (Lamium pupureum)
  • Chickweed *(Stelaria media)
  • Smooth hawks-beard (Crepis cap­illoris) leaves & flower
  • Hedge mustard (Sisymbrium offl­cinale) young plants
  • Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) shoots, tender leaves & fruit.

Remember when searching for any tortoises for sale, including a new baby tortoise for sale, tortoise town is your source for the best tortoise for sale , baby tortoises for sale , baby turtles for sale, and adult turtles for sale of any turtle store anywhere including a huge aquatic turtles for sale section. If you are interested in tortoise care, please visit our care section.

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To ensure a balance, grow as many different varieties as you can.

Malva - (malllow) leaves & flowers

Lavertera - (mallow) leaves & flowers

Nasturtium - leaves & flowers

Hibiscus - flowers especially, also leaves

Aubretia - leaves & flowers

Wallflowers - (erysimum annual & biennial varieties) leaves & flowers

Sedum spectabilis - leaves (other pink flowered alpines sedums are also consumed)

Kalanchoe - leaves especially

Hemerocallis - (day lily) flowers

Anagallis Linifoilia - (annual) leaves & flowers

Sempervivum (house leeks) - leaves

Meconopsis Cambrica (Welsh Poppy) - leaves & occasional flowers

Mesembryantemums (annual) - flowers & leaves

Nemesia - leaves & occasionally flowers

Mimulus (annual) - especially flowers

Perennial Geraniums (alpine & dwarf) especially flowers, leaves also eaten

Sweet Woodruff (gallium odoratum)*

Mysotis (forget-me-nots) - leaves consumed occasionally

Pelagonium - leaves & flowers

Begonia Semperflorens - flowers & leaves (suggest avoid all tuberous begonias however, as may be toxic)

Echolozia (Californian poppy) - flowers

Antirrhinum - leaves & flowers

Osteospermum - flowers & leaves eaten occasionally

Hebe - round or dark leaved varieties may be nibbled*

Fushia - leaves & flowers eaten occasionally

Mimulus Aurantica - flowers

Cornflower - leaves nibbled with young plants

Opunia Cactus - spineless or semi spineless varieties

*Dwarf or small hebes are ideal for tortoise garden planting providing both dapples shade and the occasional nibble. Sweet woodruff is more useful as a low growing evergreen shelter plant, but is occasionally eaten. In general, tortoises do not like herbs and actively avoid those with very strong scented leaves.

Keepers can e very worred about totoises eating poisonous plants. In reality, the risk is small as tortoises wil naturally avoid them.

Occcasional cases of poisoning, even death, have been recorded through accidental ingestion of some garden plants, and it is therefore best to exclude these from tortoise habitats, or at the every least ensure they are not grown in close proximity with edible plants and weeds.

As a guide, common plants to be avoided include: Daffodil, Narciusis, Hellebores, Hypericum (often called Rose of Sharon, not to be confused with the Hibiscus variety), Euphorbias, Digitalis (Foxglove), Nicotiana (tobacco plant), Rhododendrons & Azaleas, Ragwort (senico), Crocus, Dicentra (bleeding heart), Lupin (Lupinus), Vinca (Perwinkle), Peony (peonia), Rhubarb, Mistletoe, Aconite & Lobelia. In general plants which grow from bulbs, tubers & corma should be excluded as many although not all, are potentially toxic. Conifers which produce needles or pine cones should also be avoided.

However, if you see your tortoise nibbling a few leaves of, for example, sweet peas or impatiens (busy lizzies), don't panic. Many plants which are often listed as toxic are, it would appear, safe when taken in small amounts as part of a varied diet.

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