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In captivity, the Desert Tortoise should feed primarily on grasses. They should also be offered things such as spineless prickly pear cactus, dark leafy green vegetables, grape leaves, and small amounts of alfalfa and cactus fruits and flowers. They can occasionally be given a treat of fruits such as berries and melons as well.

A Desert Tortoise in captivity should always have access to fresh, water in a shallow bowl. They do not drink often, but do require some water.

Desert Tortoises should be kept outdoors in a desert climate. They need direct sunlight, but also need plenty of shade to escape from the hot sun. If they must be kept indoors keep them in a spacious enclosure with heat lamps as well as full spectrum lighting. The enclosure should have a warm area and a cooler area, keeping heat lamps to one side helps to create the ideal environment.

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