I’ve seen these turtles for sale in the pet shop before and they are generally purchased when they are just small babies. It’s hard to believe that these once tiny guys eventually become one of the largest turtles out there. I also think it’s interesting that they will live to be much older than their owners. Actually, one of the oldest tortoises to date lived to be over 226 years old. But, the generally live about the same lifespan as a human and some humans are known to live to be 150 years old.
Obviously because of their long lifespan and the amount of space they take up, this type of pet should only be purchased by someone who plans to dedicate many many years to the turtle and provide it with a large space for living. This type of turtle would do best in a warmer climate, ideally in an outside habit set up much like their natural living environment. For those of you who have the time and space, have fun with your big guy!