Care for tortoises
There are three main species which many of us will remember in our back gardens years ago. These are Hermanns, Horsfields and Mediterranean Spur thigh.
The following is general care advice which can be followed for these species.
Tortoises are cold blooded reptiles. During the daytime they need to be warmed up to become active. Ideally this will be achieved, by placing them securely in the garden during dry warm sunny weather. They do not tolerate damp or wet weather. When they are active they will then seek out food and water.
If you purchase a tortoise during the autumn or winter months, you will need to either build or purchase suitable indoor housing, see Complete Packages. Suitable lighting including UVB and heating will be essential. Without the correct strength UVB lighting, (5%) for the above three species, tortoises are not able to absorb the Vitamin D3. This will lead to an irreversible condition known as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).
We will provide you with the appropriate written Care Information, for the tortoise you choose to buy, when we deliver your order.
Leopard tortoises will require moderate heating at night time.
Currently both Hermanns and the Mediterranean Spur thigh are protected Annex A species. This means that when you buy them they must already be microchipped and must be accompanied by an ‘article 10’ certificate. This document is commonly referred to as a license. It is only issued for specimens that have been microchiped, (over 60 mm in plastron length measured on bottom of shell) and can therefore be individually identified.
The most common garden tortoise the Horsfield tortoise Annex B, does not currently require microchipping or an ‘article 10’ certificate. Leopard tortoises are not currently classed as endangered, so no microchipping or ‘article 10’ certificates currently apply to this species.