“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.

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  • Alice 3-Toed Box Turtle Female, 1# 9oz., 26 years confirmed. Alice came from the pet industry and was fed all the wrong foods for years. She’s got the classic malnutrition signs. She is NOT a candidate for breeding. Alice has old injuries on the front of her shell and was treated for nasty shell rot. She’s an active box turtle and loves to be outside hunting. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Beaker  Russian Tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age. Beaker is another wild-caught pet store nightmare. Beaker came in with a horribly overgrown beak. He’ll need a vet or experienced person (references will be checked) to continue to work on his beak. He’s a social guy and will make a nice pet. $50 adoption fee
  • Boomer 3-Toed Box turtle Male, 14 oz., ready and willing to go! Boomer is active, colorful and lots of fun. Loves to explore and hunt. A very active fun guy! Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Boris Russian Tortoise Male, unknown age. Yegor was found in a street and no owner was found. Yegor is a bold, outgoing guy. He’s had a summer of sun and lots of growth. He’s ready for a spacious home. $50 adoption fee
  • Brandi  3-Toed Box Turtle Female, 12oz, young adult, Brandi came from the pet trade and a bulling situation. She gets the award for world’s shyest box turtle. I’ve had her almost three years and she’s still not comfortable interacting with humans or other turtles. It took 35 minutes, ten feet away, to get the photo. $50 adoption fee
  • Chomper 3-Toed Box Turtle Female, unknown age. Chomper is an on-the-go-gal! Lots of color and personality. She’d make a great first pet! Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Karl Eastern Box turtle Male, 1 lb., Karl is a beautiful boy when he’s not covered in dirt! Shell still healing in places from a dog attack. He’s missing some toes but it doesn’t affect his behavior. He’s active and ready for a new home. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Russian Tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age, Kuzma is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He lived the majority of his captive years indoors. Kuzma is loving being outside and and gaining confidence by the day. He’s social and will make a nice pet. $50 adoption fee
  • Pavel Russian tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age. Pavel is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He’s a nice tortoise that would love a home! Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Sheldini Russian Tortoise Male, 14 oz., unknown age. Sheldini is one of the many Russians that have escaped their enclosures or was dumped. No owner was found. Sheldini has damage to the keratin on both top and bottom shell and bone is exposed. He’s mending well. Sheldini is a nice, social tortoise and loves being outside. $50 adoption fee
  • Timone Ornate Box Turtle Male, 12 oz., young adult. Timone comes from the glass-box method and his condition shows it. Timone is an active boy that loves being in outdoor pens. Eats and hunts like a champ. His burns on his head/face have healed but his beak will need continual work. Timone requires an experienced keeper with a qualified reptile vet (references will be checked). $50 adoption fee
  • Toni Eastern Box turtle Female, 13 oz., Toni has had a rough life but it doesn’t get her behind! She is missing almost all her toes due to mites and poor conditions. Toni can be a little shy but she warms up quick. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Tootsie Russian tortoise Female, 3 lb., unknown age. Tootsie is a survivor and ready for a new home. She has shell damage/curling all sides and back of shell. She spent years digging at her previous enclosure and deserves a spacious indoor and outdoor enclosure. She’s not a breeding candidate. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Trixie 3-Toed Box turtle Unknown gender, 11oz., unknown age. Trixie is a fun active girl that is very colorful on her neck and legs. She’s active, a good hunter and would be a great pet! Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Vitaly Russian tortoise Female, 1 lb., unknown age. Vitaly is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He’s a nice tortoise that would love a home. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Vitaly Russian tortoise Female, 1 lb., unknown age. Vitaly is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He’s a nice tortoise that would love a home. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Tootsie Russian tortoise Female, 3 lb., unknown age. Tootsie is a survivor and ready for a new home. She has shell damage/curling all sides and back of shell. She spent years digging at her previous enclosure and deserves a spacious indoor and outdoor enclosure. She’s not a breeding candidate. Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Sheldini Russian Tortoise Male, 14 oz., unknown age. Sheldini is one of the many Russians that have escaped their enclosures or was dumped. No owner was found. Sheldini has damage to the keratin on both top and bottom shell and bone is exposed. He’s mending well. Sheldini is a nice, social tortoise and loves being outside. $50 adoption fee
  • Pavel Russian tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age. Pavel is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He’s a nice tortoise that would love a home! Beaks and nails will be trimmed prior to adoption. $50 adoption fee
  • Russian Tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age, Kuzma is another wild-caught pet store Russian. He lived the majority of his captive years indoors. Kuzma is loving being outside and and gaining confidence by the day. He’s social and will make a nice pet. $50 adoption fee
  • Boris Russian Tortoise Male, unknown age. Yegor was found in a street and no owner was found. Yegor is a bold, outgoing guy. He’s had a summer of sun and lots of growth. He’s ready for a spacious home. $50 adoption fee
  • Beaker  Russian Tortoise Male, 1 lb., unknown age. Beaker is another wild-caught pet store nightmare. Beaker came in with a horribly overgrown beak. He’ll need a vet or experienced person (references will be checked) to continue to work on his beak. He’s a social guy and will make a nice pet. $50 adoption fee