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safe clothing for aldabra giant tortoises

It is not only not encouraged but also downright dangerous to dress turtles, especially Aldabra giant tortoises, in clothing. As an ectothermic reptile, a turtle's core temperature is controlled by drawing energy from the environment. Wearing clothes that cling to the body might impede this process, increasing the risk of overheating and, in extreme cases, heat stroke or stress.

Turtles cannot fully express themselves while dressed, which limits their ability to stretch, forage, and bask in the sun. Attempts to clothe turtles in clothing may cause pain, tension, and even harm since turtles have evolved to flourish in their natural habitat without clothing.

Turtles are prone to skin irritations and wounds caused by friction from fabrics, elastic, and Velcro. Tight or rough clothing may irritate a turtle's skin and lead to wounds like chafing, scrapes, or pressure sores. There is a potential danger of entanglement or strangulation when clothes are hooked on anything in the turtle's cage.

Turtles cannot shed their old skin and develop new skin below if they are wearing clothes, which is against their natural shedding process. This poses a threat to the turtle's health since it may cause skin infections, fungal growth, and other dermatological concerns.

Instead of clothes, make sure your turtle has the right habitat and all the necessary accessories for its requirements. Included in this is making sure there is an appropriate temperature gradient in the tank, with warmer spots for basking and colder spots for hiding, and that they have access to UVB lights so they can synthesize vitamin D and process calcium.

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