Aldabra tortoises are truly the most amazing tortoise species. They are absolutely stunning with their black shell and skin. Their personalities are by far the best. They are essentially puppy dogs. The most important thing to take into consideration when purchasing an Aldabra tortoise is how big it will get, and they get big quick. They are the second largest tortoise species in the world!
Keeping Aldabra tortoises outdoors is usually the best way to house them. Hatchlings up to 2 years old can be housed indoors, but once they get beyond that, they need the great outdoors to roam. Aldabra tortoises are adaptable and seem to be very cold tolerant, but they are still going to require supplemental heating to maintain a recommended temperature of 75 to 100 Fahrenheit. These tortoises, while being able to withstand low temperatures, do seem to prefer higher temperatures. High humidity and warmth is the best. They are also able to swim unlike most tortoises. Providing a large wading pool for your giant to bask in is important. Aldabra tortoises consume great amounts of water if it is available.
Aldabra tortoises get very large and live a very long time. They need lots of space, special habitat setups and a bit of care. The tortoises are not domestic or tame, but they are remarkably indifferent to the presence of humans. They do not seem to have any fear of people. Some even seek them out for attention. Some like to have their heads patted, others enjoy having their necks scratched. They make very rewarding pets as long as you have the time and space to dedicate to their needs. You’ll more than likely have to arrange for their long-term care in advance since they are probably going to outlive you. They are smart, personable and very entertaining.