J’adore les tortue!

So amazing to read about expectant tortoise owners so prepared!! 

Congrats to you, your daughter, all your family, and Barry of course! I promise they are so very worth it. Give him a few weeks and you’ll be in love. 


My daughter turns 7 at the end of the month (SEVEN, God I feel old) and she had one main request…

I’d love a tortoise Mum.

So we’re all pitching in and getting her a tortoise. 

We’ve decided to rehome a 4 year old male Horsfield tortoise from a sanctuary not far from where we live rather than get a teeny tiny baby one that you can’t do much with.

I’ve honestly never seen a group of adults so excited over something as simple as a tortoise.

Actually, simple is probably the wrong word to use, I’ve never known anything so complicated to get together.

  • No tanks, they now have ‘tortoise tables’ which we’re expecting to arrive tomorrow.
  • No substrate, apparently now a mix of top soil and play sand is recommended.
  • Cuttlefish bones to ‘soften’ their beaks
  • Heat lamps, heat mats and ‘hides’ are now what a tortoise needs, and you can’t just feed them a salad diet, oh no – it’s all ‘edible plants’, weeds with calcium powder and vitamins sprinkled over them.

Goodness me Barry* – you better be worth it 🙂 

*Barry is the name she has chosen for him – love it.

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