Koopa – Office Pet

Our most popular team member Koopa!

Koopa is a Russian Tortoise and was born in the spring of 2002.  He is the perfect pet for the office because of how social he is.  He loves to greet our patients of all ages.  You will often see Koopa basking under his light or eating his favorite foods.  To ensure the safety of all our patients and Koopa he is not allowed out of his enclosure during office hours.

“My favorite foods are carrots and broccoli.  I love to sit under my light to keep warm and burrow under the hay when I am ready to nap.”  

Koopa cannot get adjusted, but he does love the occasional massage from our therapists
Often he will hold his head out for them to gently rub his neck or his legs.

Where is the spine of a tortoise? The ribs and backbones of turtles and tortoises are fused to the bones in their shells.  The domed top of the shell is called the carapace, while the flat layer underneath the animal’s belly is called the plastron. This heavy armor weighs the animals down, so they move slowly on land.

Russian Tortoise: Fun Facts

  • With proper care, Russian tortoises can live to be over 50-70 years old.
  • Russian tortoises have a very social personality—they are considered to have a personality much like a dog.
  • Even though they have big, bulky shells, Russian tortoises love to climb and explore through all different terrain.
  • Russian tortoises do not grow large like many other tortoise species and grow to be only six to eight inches in length.
  • Russian tortoises are diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day.
  • Wild Russian tortoises are known to burrow through the cold winter months.
  • Russian tortoises also have one of the highest tolerances for temperature extremes.
  • Females are normally a little larger than males at full size.
  • In higher or lower temperatures, they attempt to burrow underground to insulate themselves from the extremes.