“Turtles need rescuing?” “Yes, unfortunately,” is always the answer.
Just like any other captive animal, humans have an incredible ability to mistreat them. Turtles and tortoises are not ‘throw away’ pets. Northwest Tortoise invests extensive time vetting potential owners. If you are looking for a quick transaction and expect to fill out a form and get immediate approval its recommend you look elsewhere.
If you’ve done your research and you are ready for a shelled pet for life apply here!
A note on determining age: Unless there is a hatch date for a turtle/tortoise there is no reliable way to determine age. Age cannot be reliably determined by size, rings on the shell, damage on the shell or any other speculative methods. The following ages are an educated guess based on information from the previous owner and 25 years of experience working with turtles/tortoises.
- Brandi 3-Toed Box Turtle Female, less than 1 pound, young adult, Brandi came from the pet trade and could be wild-caught. She gets the award for world’s shyest box turtle. I’ve had her almost two years and she’s still not comfortable. She eats great but prefers to spend her time buried. She’ll take a patient soul to break through! $50 adoption fee
- Bumper 3-Toed Box Turtle Male, 12 oz, confirmed 16 years old but possibly older, much loved pet but kept in glass tank housing Bumper has attractive markings and is really enjoying learning about life outside a glass box. He’s ready for a home that can provide him a fulfilling life. $50 adoption fee
- Chomper 3-Toed Box Turtle Male, 13 oz, unknown age, found wandering (could not locate owner). Chomper is a cute boy that wants to chase bugs and enjoy the good life. He’s a colorful and has a ton of personality. He’s got old shell damage but it doesn’t bother him at all! $50 adoption fee
- Earl Sulcatas Unknown gender, 1 pound, 3 years old, comes from a loving home that could not provide a proper diet or enclosure. He’s still getting used to a correct diet but he’s adapting well. Continued work will need to be done (in other words, don’t give in). He’ll be easy to house at this young age but a growth plan will need to be seriously considered. $200 adoption fee