Web Resource Care Sheets​ 

Austins Turtle Page - Care Sheets

Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Collection - Chelonians

World Chelonian Trust - Care Sheets

Tortoise Trust - Care Sheets

Species-Specific Web Links

Box Turtle Facts (Sandy Barnett)

Box Turtle Care & Conservation (Tess Cook)

aboxturtle.com (Joe Heinen)

Russian Tortoises (Dr. Joe Heinen)

Sulcata Station (Steph Moore/Alan Kerr)

African Spurred Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra.org)

Mud & Musk Turtles (David Kirkpatrick Ph.D)

African Mud Turtles (pelomedusa.com)

Water Turtle Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Red Eared Sliders (redearslider.com)

​Bell's Hingeback Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Desert Tortoise Care Sheet (Chadwell Veterinary)

Web Turtle-Owner Forums 



The Garden Shed (UK The Tortoise Table user forum)

Other MATTS Website Resources

MATTS - Healthcare

MATTS - Injured Wild Turtles

MATTS - Handling a Turtle

MATTS - How to Transport a Turtle

MATTS - Helping Turtles Cross Roads

MATTS - Helpful Turtle Links     

MATTS - Videos                                     

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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.

Creating a Wading Pond for a Box Turtle (Sandy Barnett)                                          

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

UK Tortoise Trust - Constructing an (indoor) tortoise table

Red Ear Slider website's Habitat



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.

Turtle care resources

Diet & Feeding

Commercial Turtle Food Comparison - theTurtleRoom

The Tortoise Table - Edible Plant link

The North American Box Turtle Diet (Sandy Barnett)

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