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Keeping a Pet Tortoise Hardcover – 15 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Interpet Publishing (15 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842862138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842862131
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a common misconception that tortoises are easy to keep. In fact their special care needs mean pet tortoises often suffer from neglect. This book, 'Keeping A Pet Tortoise' should help owners keep on the straight and narrow. Written by Andrew and Nadine Highfield it explains how to set up a home for the pet and keep in the best of health. --Pet Gazette<br /><br />A 'one-stop' source of advice and valuable guidance on all aspects of keeping a wide variety of tortoise species including essential information on protection on the species in the wild, export bans and buying with confidence from reputable vendor. Reliable advice from two top experts in the field. Andy and Nadine Highfield run the Tortoise Trust in the UK and lecture widely on tortoise conservation and captive management. --Pet Trade World<br /><br />Interpet Publishing has released 'Keeping A Pet Tortoise', the second in a series of pet care guides that launched last year with the publication of 'Keeping Pet Chickens'. Tortoises have never been easy to care for, Interpet said, 'As their dietary requirements are very precise. It claimed that the book would help to instruct repsonsible owners on keeping their pets healthy as well as informing potention tortoise-owners about buying from a reputable source and and avoiding banned and protected species.' Interpet said 'Although tortoises have been popular pets for many years, they have never been easy pets to look after. All reptiles have very precise environmental and dietary requirements and tortoises are no exception.' This new book is ideal for all tortoise enthusiasts (and provides) accessible information for responsible store owners to supply to customers. The 64-page hard-backed book includes information on well-known Mediterranean and tropical species and 130 colour photos of tortoises including infants breaking out of their shells and an x-ray image of a femail laying on a cluster of eggs. The guide is written by Tortoise Trust founders Andrew and Nadine Highfield. The husband-and-wife team has kept tortoises for nearly 30 years. Andrew Highfield has also written a number of books and specific papers on tortoises as well as contributing regularly to many of the major reptile publications. --Glee Wire

Ever thought about keeping a pert tortoise, but not really sure about the ins and outs of it? The book provides the perfect starting point for all those wanting to learn more about these popular pets. Keeping a Pet Tortoise guides you through all the stages of keeping a tortoise, providing expert tips on how to set up home for a new tortoise and maintain its health and condition. The manual covers the best-known Mediterranean tortoises as well as the most exotic species and docuses on all sorts of subjects such as diets, vitamins, breeding, hibernation and many more. With up to date information, easy to read advice and lots of great photos this book is ideal for anyone new to the tortoise world. --Petfocus Magazine

Interpet Publishing has released 'Keeping A Pet Tortoise', the second in a series of pet care guides that launched last year with the publication of 'Keeping Pet Chickens'. Tortoises have never been easy to care for, Interpet said, 'As their dietary requirements are very precise. It claimed that the book would help to instruct repsonsible owners on keeping their pets healthy as well as informing potention tortoise-owners about buying from a reputable source and and avoiding banned and protected species.' Interpet said 'Although tortoises have been popular pets for many years, they have never been easy pets to look after. All reptiles have very precise environmental and dietary requirements and tortoises are no exception.' This new book is ideal for all tortoise enthusiasts (and provides) accessible information for responsible store owners to supply to customers. The 64-page hard-backed book includes information on well-known Mediterranean and tropical species and 130 colour photos of tortoises including infants breaking out of their shells and an x-ray image of a femail laying on a cluster of eggs. The guide is written by Tortoise Trust founders Andrew and Nadine Highfield. The husband-and-wife team has kept tortoises for nearly 30 years. Andrew Highfield has also written a number of books and specific papers on tortoises as well as contributing regularly to many of the major reptile publications. --Glee Wire

About the Author

Andy C Highfield has worked with tortoises and turtles for almost 30 years and co-founded the Tortoise Trust with the late Jill Martin in 1984. He subsequently published the highly influential Keeping & Breeding Tortoises in Captivity in 1990 and went on to write the Tortoise Trust Guide to Tortoises and Turtles in 1994 and the Practical Encyclopaedia of Keeping and Breeding Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in 1996. He has published numerous scientific papers, has contributed to most of the major reptile-keeping magazines both as author and photographer, has lectured all over the world on tortoise conservation and captive management, acted as consultant on numerous media projects and developed the world s first online course in chelonian husbandry. He continues to act as director of the Tortoise Trust and is also chairman of the Jill Martin Fund for Tortoise Welfare and Conservation. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world s foremost authorities on the conservation and captive propagation of tortoises and turtles. Nadine Highfield was raised around turtles in New Jersey and Rhode Island and this led to her developing a lifelong interest in their conservation, rescue and rehabilitation. She has published many articles on their care, and currently is in charge of rehabilitating critically ill rescues at the Tortoise Trust in the UK. She has also acted as a technical consultant and editor on various reference texts and has advised major companies on the conservation and welfare impacts of tortoise and turtle imagery in television advertising and media campaigns. She is especially interested in educating young people about responsible pet care and welfare issues. She is also a skilled natural history photographer.


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Anyone starting out with a pet tortoise would benefit from reading this book. It gives a lot of detail about different breeds of tortoise. It is a very easy book to read with loads of photos, it is laid out well and in a logical manner. It starts with different breeds and what their natural habitats are like, how to choose a healthy tortoise and how to tell what sex it is. It then goes on to discuss outdoor housing and the need to make it secure and tortoise friendly.
It then illustrates how to house them in an indoors environment, the importance of warmth, humidity and most important the correct diet. A few tips on hibernation, both indoor and outdoor, will put most peoples mind at rest and these are well addressed as is waking up from hibernation as well.
There are a couple of pages on tortoise breeding, which is very interesting, though further information would be needed for a beginner.
All in all this is a very good book for anyone wanting the best for their pet. It is written by two leaders in the field of tortoise husbandry. It is meticulously referenced and for the price represents excellent value for money.
You won't be disappointed.
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A book with lots of information about tortoises. I wished it could be a bit more basic eg a list of foods tortoises eat, instead of 'they eat leaves and herbs'. Yes which ones?!! But generally good.
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Great book with general tortoise advice. Would advise anyone thinking of getting a tortoise to read this. However the downside is that it gives very general advice on all species of tortoise so there isn't room in there for more detailed advice on individual species of tortoise. If you wanted more detailed advice another book would be better.
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This is a great book for new tortoise owners. Written in really clear and simple language it sets out the absolute basics of purchasing/rehoming a tortoise, how to set up a basic enclosure and essential health and welfare issues.

Some elements may be too difficult for a child, but for adults i think it is a "must have" to ensure that your new pet has the essential care it needs.

Tortoises, their needs and welfare are often mis-understood. With a lot of mis-information on websites, this book will get you started on the right path.
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very interesting and very useful information. this book covered everything eg feeding housing with special lamps to promote correct growth outdoor accomadation different species and different needs ideal for beginers .
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Purchased on a whim after a quick search & was very surprised at the infomation this Hardback book contains, it is very useful & very informative, I read the book from front to back when I first picked it up as it was a pleasure to read with some great illustrations, I liked it so much I have now ordered another copy for a friend, I would highly recommend this particular book to anyone wishing to read up on keeping a Tortoise, & at a great price too.
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Bought this for a class of schoolchildren, who had acquired a tortoise as their school pet. This book, together with internet research, helped them set up the correct indoor and outdoor living spaces for the tortoise. Really only good for beginners.
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This book is easy to read.easy to understand,and full of information that is set out in sections so you do not need to read the full book looking for what you need.
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