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"When we were little,' the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, `we went to school in the sea.  The master was an old Turtle--we used to call him Tortoise--'

`Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn't one?' Alice asked.

 `We called him Tortoise because he taught us,"

From "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

The focus of this web site is the captive indoor husbandry of tortoise hatchlings. I wish to stress that all of the opinions that are stated here are my own. Also that the maintenance of tortoises outdoors is superior to indoor no matter how detailed the environment. Unfortunately many of us do not live in California, Florida, Texas, South Africa or Southern Europe.  This is what works for me. I have no intent of implying that another's methods are inferior or will not work.

There are various sections on this site that will become obvious as you wander. The base document for much of what you find here is "Basic Setup". This page specifies the minimum basic setup necessary for the successful maintenance of hatchling tortoises. Linked to that document are further sections devoted to tuning this setup for arid, temperate and high humidity loving species.

 As you wander further you will discover links to pages devoted to diet, health and daily care, the construction of an easy to build micro climate humidity booster, a section onoutdoor husbandry and a gallery of young shelled beasties.  You will also find a page of links to sites that I find particularly useful. If you chance upon the Bits from The Bridge page you will find an actual sequence of a tortoise hatching. Another page you may encounter if you tarry here is my page of favorite poems that I have collected over the years. And lastly pages of  useful information I have gleaned from various folk that I have found particularly helpful as I have advanced in my Chelonian knowledge.

Tortoises have evolved over millions of years to fit into highly specialized environments.  The best advice I can give anyone interested in tortoise husbandry is to search out all the information you can on these environments.  Develop your understanding of your charge's needs and tune your husbandry to best duplicate its natural environment.

  Darrell Senneke - Last update November 9, 2002 - General edits and updates

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