Reading List/Resources

Glass tanks: incorrect tortoise housing Read more


Is a tortoise the right pet for me? Read more


Basking vs. non-basking tortoises: What’s the difference? Read more


How to hang a reptile light Read more


How and why to soak a tortoise Read more


Box Turtles:

Cook, Tess, Box Turtles, A complete guide to Terrapene and Cuora, Neptune City, NJ: T. F. H. Publications, Inc., 2008

Franklin, Carl J. and Killpack, David C., The Complete North American Box Turtle, New Mexico: ECO Herpetological Publishing & Distribution: 2009

Vesjoli, Philippe de and Klingenberg, Roger, The Box Turtle Manual, The Herpetocultural Library, Series 300 , Lakeside, CA: Advanced Vivarium Systems, 1995


Pingleton, Mike, Practical Care and Maintenance of The Redfoot Tortoise Geochelone carbonaria in Captivity, London: Carapace Press, 2001

Pingleton, Mike, The Redfoot Manual, A Beginner’s Guide to the Redfoot Tortoise, Champaign, Illinoise: Art Gecko Publishing, 2009


BBaskin-Salzberg, Anita and Salzberg, Alan, Turtles. New York: Franklin Watts, 1996

Bonin, Franck, Devaux, Bernard, and Dupre, Alain, translated by Pritchard, C. H., Turtles of the World, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006

Ernst, Carl H. and Lovich, Jeffery E., Turtles of the United States and Canada, revised and updated with new species names, 2nd edition, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press: 2009

Highfield, A. C., Practical Encyclopedia of Keeping and Breeding Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles, London: Carapace Press, 1996

Highfield, A. C., The Tortoise and Turtle Feeding Manual, London: Carapace Press, 2000

Other topics:

Chitty, John; Raftery, Aidan; Blackwell, Wiley, Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2013

Ebenhack, Amanda, Health Care & Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises, Living Art publishing, 2012.

Hatkoff, Isabella, Hatkoff, Craig, and Kahumbu, Paula Dr., Owen & Mzee The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, New York: Scholastic Inc., 2006

Hickman, Pamela, Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife Turtle Rescue, New York: Firefly Books, 2005

McCarthur, Stuart; Wilkinson, Roger; Meyer, Jean, Medicine and Surgery of Tortoises and Turtles, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2004

Stanford, Craig B., The Last Tortoise, A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime, Cambrideg: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010

Wilson, Richard & Robyn, The Care and Breeding of the African Spurred Tortoise Geochelone sulcata. London: Carapace Press, 1997

Reputable care sheets/websites:

Russian tortoise:

Sulcata and Leopard tortoise:

Greek tortoise:

World Chelonian Trust: