We have a passion for tortoises, and maintain several as our own pets.
We are very, very picky as to where we get our tortoises, and usually go to the breeders to get them. We only buy the highest quality ones we find, where we can even see the parents, and their care.
You may find cheaper ones elsewhere, but... ya get what ya pay for.
Testudo (Mediterranean) Tortoises
Includes Greek, Hermann, Egyptian, Russian and Marginated Tortoises.
These stay smaller, and are generally easy to care for. They are herbivores, and their diet should include mostly greens, with some hay. Fruit and berries while in season, but no more than about 10% of their main diet. A calcium supplement and a quality commercial made tortoise pellet round out their diet.
Red Foot Tortoises
One of our favorites, and easy to care for. They get bigger, between 12 to 16 inches as adults. They are omnivores, eating mostly greens and hays. But with occasion meat products added in. Small insects, or other meat. In the wild, they are known for eating carrion, and we occasionally give them a frozen thawed mouse. A calcium supplement and a quality commercial made tortoise pellet round out their diet.
Also known as the African Spur Thigh, these are the biggest pet tortoise commonly kept. Adults can be over 100 pounds!
Their diet is mostly vegetable, and grassy hays. Timothy or alfalfa are most common. Babies will prefer leafy greens, but as they grow they want more grass and hay in their diet. Big ones are usually kept outdoors anyways, and will eat anything and everything growing in their enclosure.
For more complete care information see our Tortoise Care Sheet.
Please feel free to ask us questions in shop. We maintain several pet tortoises, of several species. We can show you some of them (some our in shop, some at home). And we are happy to share our experiences with them all.