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New & Confused!
Posted: 27/01/2011 by Griffon

Hi I am new to this site and so delighted to have found it. I will be looking to get a Tortoise in the next few months and would love some advise. My husband is in the middle on building an enclosure out the back at the moment. I live in Rep. Ireland. And as u know the weather is not great. So what type of Tortoise would u recommend and should u keep one or could u keep more. When should u bring them in and should u hibernate them being a first time owner. Any advise would be great

Re: New & Confused!
Posted: 27/01/2011 by TPGDarren

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The first thing to do is to decide which species to keep. The easiest tortoises to keep in the UK are Iberas, Hermanns & Marginated tortoises. Here are some links that will hopefully help


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.



There are various lamps on the market, though I tend to use the above


Lamp holder:-






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