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Hello! Which tortoise?
Posted: 20/10/2010 by leaf17


I have always wanted to have my own tortoise and finally I am old enough to be responsible to look after one by myself!

So, I have done much research. But I have no idea which species of tortoise would be most suited to me.

Hermans, spur-thighed, marginated, horsfield, leopard - I am embarrassed to admit that they are all just tortoise to me. To me, the only difference between the species is markings and size.

This is obviously not true. I would really appreciate some info on the characteristics of the different tortoise species. Maybe recommendations as to which species is best for a newbie to the world of the tortoise.

Thanks very much, Jack.

Re: Hello! Which tortoise?
Posted: 21/10/2010 by TPGDarren

Hi Jack

Click and drag me down to the editor to the TPG forum.

Generally the tortoises most considered to the UK environment are, Iberas (Spur-Thighs), Hermanns or Marginated tortoises. These are all hibernating species, which are best for the UK climate.

Care sheets for tortoises:-

(please click the links on the left hand side of the page for each species)


List of recommended UK Breeders:-

Just about all tortoises sold by pet shops are imported, which can be very stressful for them and many arrive into the UK with parasitic infestations and other problems; dehydration, hepes etc


Ideas for enclosures:-

Despite what pet shops promote vivariums are not suitable for tortoises, they offer only one temperature (a tortoise requires a range of temperatures) and they are far too humid for most species of tortoise.



These are the best lamp on the market with regards to UVB output and the length of time they last.


With a lamp holder:-





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