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The tortoise species profiles were prepared by Ernst Baard (CapeNature).
Species occurring in the GCBC:
Common Padloper, Parrot-beaked Tortoise
Southern Speckled Padloper
Namaqualand Tent Tortoise
Bushmanland Tent Tortoise
No other region on earth houses a greater diversity of tortoises than the subcontinent of Africa. This area includes the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa.
The following guide-lines have been developed and tested over 8 years with a variety of species including Testudo graeca, T. hermanni, T. ibera, T. marginata, T. horsfieldi, Geochelone pardalis, G. sulcata, G. (Chelonoidis) carbonaria, G. (C). denticulata, G. (C). chilensis and Geochelone gigantea.
It gives us considerable pleasure to be able to introduce you to this, the 5th and completely revised edition of "Safer Hibernation & your Tortoise". In the past 10 years over 70,000 copies of the previous editions have been distributed to tortoise owners in Europe, and a very great many lives have been saved as a direct result. It is my hope that this new edition for the United States will achieve similar success.
The African Tortoise site was created to provide a knowledge base for Sulcata and Leopard Tortoises keepers. The focus of this site, is to create a better understanding of these unique and often misunderstood animals. This information was amassed from experienced breeders and keepers and published references.
These pages are not aimed at professionals, but rather at the everyday keeper who is looking for basic information on how to keep South African tortoises without being bogged down by technical jargon.
General Tortoise Caresheet
Tortoise Information By Species
Common Do's and Don'ts
First Aid for the Injured
Understanding Worms and Protozoa
Les White has meticulously cared for, and maintained, several colonies of differing species of tortoise within the UK since the early 1970's. In the spring of 2002 Les turned this lifelong hobby into a full time business venture, breeding his own home bred babies for sale, as well as retailing additional tortoises and products.
1) To provide chelonia keepers with the support needed to ensure that their captive animals receive quality husbandry.
2) To raise funds from members, and from the public, to finance chelonia rescue, research and conservation projects worldwide.
3) To discourage the importation and purchase of wild caught specimens, in favour of responsible captive breeding.
The focus of this web site is the captive indoor husbandry of tortoise hatchlings. I wish to stress that all of the opinions that are stated here are my own. Also that the maintenance of tortoises outdoors is superior to indoor no matter how detailed the environment. Unfortunately many of us do not live in California, Florida, Texas, South Africa or Southern Europe. This is what works for me. I have no intent of implying that another's methods are inferior or will not work.
Shell-rot is a generic term which describes the visible effects of bacterial, fungal or even algal (in aquatic species) diseases of a tortoise's or turtle's shell. These diseases often follow damage or abrasions, even those that are seemingly minor in extent.
To provide the best husbandry information available
To campaign for tortoise & turtle conservation worldwide
To actively support conservation programs
To educate keepers and professionals in correct husbandry
To promote research for the benefit of tortoises and turtles
To offer rehoming facilities to tortoises & turtles in need
To promote the humane treatment of tortoises and turtles
The Tortoise Shack is a non-profit tortoise organization run by animal-experienced handlers. We specialize in breeding tortoises of many different species for reestablishing repopulation purposes. Our main goal is to introduce exotic tortoises and their offspring that have been captive bred at our facilities into A.Z.A accredited zoos or facilities. All tortoise preservation facilities must meet our Director's needs for admission into our Animal Forwarding Plan. We do not sell any animals for any reason.
Below are links to some descriptions and pictures of some species of land tortoises, over time I will improve, add new species to the lists. For the UK the species held (no species are indigenous to the UK) are most likely to be Spur Thighed tortoises, Hermann's tortoises or Marginated tortoises if they are long term captives, if they are not long term captive then the species commonly sold by reptile dealers in the last few years are Russian, Leopard, Spurred, Red footed, Yellow footed or hinge backed tortoises.