IT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT A TURTLE'S SIZE IS LIMITED BY THE SIZE OF ITS ENCLOSURE. This erroneous information  accounts for many turtles being kept in enclosures far too small for a happy and healthy life. Turtle size is determined by its species and gender.

10 Ways to Kill your Turtle (Ruth McDonald)


Habitat Information Web Links

Austins Turtle Page - Housing & Habitat Information

Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Collection - Chelonians

Box Turtle Care & Conservation Webpage - Housing

The Tortoise Table - Outdoor Enclosure

UK Tortoise Trust - Constructing an (indoor) tortoise table

Red Ear Slider website's Habitat

Indoor and outdoor articles & tips by Sandy Barnett can be found on the resource page of her website, Box Turtle Facts. The link will bring you to the articles below:

- Care of Hatchling and Young Juvenile Box Turtles
- Bedding Products for Box Turtles

- Planting Box Turtle Outdoor Habitats
- Wading Safely (Creating Safe Box Turtle Ponds)

Whether your turtle lives on land or in water, a safe and species-appropriate habitat and proper care are the keys to its health, quality of life, and longevity.

There are many creative ways to make a habitat and often an investment in your time can help offset the size of the investment from your wallet. Hobbyists range from accomplished "DIY" enthusiasts to those who use the latest commercial products and technology. You are only limited by your imagination!

It's vital to understand the components of correct care for your pet in the elements of their habitat, and in their diet, handling, protection, and other environmental considerations. Education and research before acquiring an animal that can live 30+ years is the recipe for a successful start and a happy turtle.

.Dedicated to the conservation and care of turtles and tortoises.

Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society

Turtle care resources

Diet & Feeding

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Commercial Turtle Food Comparison - theTurtleRoom

The Tortoise Table - Tortoise Diet

The Tortoise Table - Edible Plant link

Diet articles & tips by Sandy Barnett can be found on the resource page of her website, Box Turtle Facts. The link will bring you to the articles below:
​- Box Turtle Diet
- The ABC's of Vitamin A
- Culturing Invertebrates as Food for Box Turtles

Web Resource Care Sheets​ 

Austins Turtle Page - Care Sheets

Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Collection - Chelonians (archived)

World Chelonian Trust - Care Sheets

Tortoise Trust - Care Sheets

Species-Specific Web Links

Box Turtle Facts (Sandy Barnett)

Box Turtle Care & Conservation (Tess Cook)

Russian Tortoises (Dr. Joe Heinen)

Red Foot Tortoise (Dr. Joe Heinen)

Sulcata Hatchling discussion thread (Tortoise Forum)

African Spurred Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Snapping Turtle (

African Mud Turtles (

Water Turtle Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Red Eared Sliders (

Bell's Hingeback Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Desert Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Web Turtle-Owner Forums 

MATTS - Videos