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The enclosure of the Egyptian Dwarf Tortoise should not be maintained below the mid 70s (Fahrenheit). These tortoises do best when maintained at about 75 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a warmer area of the cage about 90 degrees. They need a large enclosure, despite their small size, because they are quite active. In captivity, they often eat leafy greens, roses, hibiscus, dandelion, tree mallow leaves, grape leaves, grated carrot, and sweet potato. Water must be placed in a shallow, heavy dish in a location that is easily accessible. They will also get some water from their diets. Ideally, if one lives in the appropriate environment they should be kept outdoors for at least part of the year. When housed indoors, they must be exposed to full spectrum UV lighting for about 13 hours a day.

It can be a bit difficult to breed Egyptian Dwarf Tortoises in captivity. Not everyone is successful when attempting to breed this species, and little is known about the breeding habits and requirements of this species. It is known that males vocalize during mating. Males are also smaller and have longer tails than females.

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