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Posted: 03/03/2011 by tehya

Hi everyone... Ive been interested in owning a tortoise but thought it best to do some homework first as these little creatures do need alot of looking after.

As a beginner what tortoise would you recommend?

This site is amazing so glad I came across it.


Re: Newcomer
Posted: 03/03/2011 by TPGDarren

Hi Tehya,

Click and drag me down to the editor to our group:-)

We have lots of very good caring keepers on here, so please feel free to ask as many questions as you feel necessary Click and drag me down to the editor

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 most tend to use the above


Lamp holder:-





Kindest Regards




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