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6KB are "Shell-ebrating" the Return of Olive and Kenny.

Now that the weather is getting warmer and they have awoken from their winter slumber, Olive and Kenny - our school tortoises - are back. They have grown a lot over the winter and Olive (a Greek tortoise) is now 14 years old, whilst Kenny (a Russian tortoise) is 9.

Tortoises make fascinating and rewarding pets and offer numerous learning opportunities. We have spent time this week gaining an understanding of how to ensure that they are well cared for and healthy.

Here are some essential tips we learned to make sure Olive and Kenny are properly cared for.

Create an Appropriate Habitat

Tortoises need a spacious and comfortable enclosure that mimics their natural environment. Their habitat should include a basking area, a shaded area, and a hiding spot. Olive and Kenny's habitat has a heat mat, access to UVB light and a shallow water dish for soaking. They love having a bath.

Provide Nutritious Diet

Tortoises require a balanced and nutritious diet of fresh vegetables and fruits. Olive and Kenny's

diet includes leafy greens like kale and spinach, along with fruits like strawberries, grapes, and melons. Kenny loves bananas and dandelions.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance of the habitat is essential to ensure the health of the tortoises. We cleaned their enclosure before moving them back in and we will make sure it is kept clean every day. We have been changing their water every day and removing any food that hasn't been eaten.

The tortoises will be staying with us for the remainder of the Summer term and we're looking forward to learning lots about them both.

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