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#1 Kelly

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:40 AM

Here's a great book to get anyone started, who is new to tortoise keeping. This was my first book, which is easy to read and tells you all the basics for good tortoise care.

"Keeping a pet Tortoise" by A.C Highfield
http://www.amazon.co...50731892&sr=8-1

I recently also purchased these two, which go much more into detail and are great if you want a more in depth knowledge:

"Hermann's Tortoises, Boettger's and Dalmation Tortoises: Testudo boettgeri, hercegovinesis and hermanni" by Hoger Vetter
http://www.amazon.co...60&sr=8-1-fkmr0
(Make sure you order the English version unless you can read German fluently!)

"Taking care of tortoises, their eggs and hatchlings" by H.Fenwick
http://www.amazon.co...50733063&sr=8-1
This one does contain some advice that I don't agree with on the feeding of fruit and veg and housing hatchlings in vivariums, however it has good information on breeding and the care of hatchliings and a great list of safe plants that they can eat.

My newest purchase is the much recommended "Naturalistic keeping and breeding of Hermann's Tortoises" by Wolfgang Wegehaupt.
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(Again make sure it's the English version.... not the German!)
It was a nightmare trying to locate a copy of this as there are very few on sale in the UK. I had to get a copy from overseas..... and I'm still waiting for it to be back in stock..... got one on order though. ;)

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Hi Kelly,
They sound like excellent recommendations and excellent reads. :) Thanks for sharing. ;)
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

I sitting here as we speak, enjoying the freedom of no studying.... indulging in reading "Taking care of tortoises, their eggs and hatchlings". So far so good. Posted Image

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:01 PM

I wish I knew you were looking for Henny Fenwicks book - I got rid of mine ;)

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:16 PM

Hi Sue,
Just wondered if you ever considered writing your own tortoise book? :)
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

Hi Sue,
Just wondered if you ever considered writing your own tortoise book? :)
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Haha, I often thought of this but never find the time. I have the website lol

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:19 AM

My newest purchase is the much recommended "Naturalistic keeping and breeding of Hermann's Tortoises" by Wolfgang Wegehaupt.
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(Again make sure it's the English version.... not the German!)
It was a nightmare trying to locate a copy of this as there are very few on sale in the UK. I had to get a copy from overseas..... and I'm still waiting for it to be back in stock..... got one on order though. ;)


Just got an email to say this one's back in stock and due to be shipped soon. :yay:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:36 PM

I recommend Holger Vetters book - very informative ;)

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

I like that about Wolfgang too. We saw torts eating some really unlikely plants in the Antalyan region. One surprising one was opium poppy flowers. I often wondered if the tortoises slow metabolism coped with this or whether it was an unwell tortoise which new what to seek out. On the other hand it could have been a tortoise junkie lol

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:33 PM

I was reading a field study this week that said that around 90% of the plants that torts were observed eating was of the leguminosae family...i should try not to avoid these plants so much :/

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

"Naturalistic keeping and breeding of Hermann's Tortoises" by Wolfgang Wegehaupt.


:yay: Yay! It's arrived. I've just sat reading it for the past 3 hours..... :thumbup:

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:12 AM

Hi Kelly,
I know Paula AKA 'Hettie' has a copy. She highly recommends it. I will definitely have to check it out myself sometime. Thanks for sharing. Happy reading.... :)
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

I've just received my copy too Kelly, Excellent book. Really informative, and especially interesting to see their natural habitat and how to re-create this in an outdoor enclosure. This is my bedtime reading for the next few weeks!:)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:35 AM

"Naturalistic keeping and breeding of Hermann's Tortoises" by Wolfgang Wegehaupt.


:yay: Yay! It's arrived. I've just sat reading it for the past 3 hours..... :thumbup:

morning kelly where did you order this book from ive been thinking of getting myself :)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

Amazon.com..... you can't get it on the UK site. x

http://www.amazon.co...ann's tortoises

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:05 AM

Hi Karen,

you can send an email to the author and he'll send you a copy (it will be faster and cheaper than getting it from the US)...he's an awesome guy, pm me if you need his details :)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:55 AM

I tried that, Roderick... and had trouble in understanding the German on the website. :blink: I gave up in the end.... hence resorting to Amazon. :rofl:

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

I will send you his email address...so you can send him an email in English without going through that German website nightmare ;)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

Amazon.com..... you can't get it on the UK site. x

http://www.amazon.co...ann's tortoises

thanks kelly :)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Hi Karen,

you can send an email to the author and he'll send you a copy (it will be faster and cheaper than getting it from the US)...he's an awesome guy, pm me if you need his details :)

thanks for that ive ordered it today :)




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