The author of this book was my mum's 'exotic expert' vet for her baby hermans tortoise, who she spent cash on to consult in good faith for her tortoise's benefit. She read his books, adhered to his advice and the tortoise now has a vast list of complications due to the ill advice Simon gave her on Diet and every other aspect of his keeping.
High protein food (peas etc) reccommended by him have caused chronic kidney disease, which is nearing failure now.
Metabolic Bone disease, causing avoidable suffering with fractures, and now severe lower jaw fractures which cannot be fixed due to poor lighting and housing advice, resulting in deprivation in essential UVB radiation, which could have prevented his by ensuring vitamin D3 was produced to ensure the absorption of calcium occurred.
One very sorry, suffering tortoise who could die at any time. Heartbreaking. Please follow the extensive FREE advice that the Tortoise Trust can provide, which is very up to date and accurate - all based on their vast keeping experience and passion for tortoises to ensure the tortoise's welfare is priority.They have links to reliable other pages who also give in depth advice.
If you feel inclined to buy this book, you may find it more cost effective and far lower risk to let your tortoise play 'dodge the traffic' on the M25 in rush hour.