The Tortoise Network:

The Tortoise Main Page

To view the articles on tortoise care, please visit the main page.  From there you can access links to articles on diet, nutrition, health and housing.

Safe Plants for Terrariums, Vivariums and Paludariums

Please access the above link to view an extensive list of plants that are safe to use in your naturalistic environments.  You will also find resources for identifying safe plants for environments and food items.


Northern Michigan Reptile and Amphibian Rescue

I strive to educate the public on the level of commitment that reptiles and amphibians require, to keep unwanted pets from being released into our environment, and to provide knowledgeable, responsible homes for unwanted pets. Please visit to learn more.


About the Author

Welcome to the Tortoise Network. 



The Tortoise Main Page

This is the portal from which you will access individual pages containing information on both beginner and advanced husbandry.

* Tortoise keeping is a field that often goes through changes as we learn more and more about how the wild counterparts of our tortoises live and behave. This site is currently being updated. Please be patient while information is changed, pages are moved, and links and pages are added over the next few weeks. In the meantime please feel free to contact me at with any questions and concerns.

New to Tortoises?  Start Here.

If you are a new keeper, or thinking about getting a tortoise of your own, this is the place for you.

Tortoise Basics for Prospective or Beginner Tortoise Owners

Nutritional Considerations for Tortoises - The "Balanced" Diet Revealed!

But, the pet store said that my tortoise will get all the water it needs from it's food - Tortoises NEED water!

Is my tortoise lonely?  Should I get him/her a friend?

Understanding Reptile Lighting Systems by A C Highfield of The Tortoise Trust

Special Report: A problem with some of the new high UVB output fluorescent compact lamps and tubes

Understanding Vivarium Substrates by A C Highfield of The Tortoise Trust

Ready to Move On to More Advanced Care?

If you have already studied the above information and are ready to take the next step, or if you have been keeping tortoises for some time and are looking for new  detailed information, you have come to the right spot.

Nutritional Values of Common Food Items

Natural Food Acquisition and Supplementation

Edible Plant List

Facts on upper respiratory tract disease in tortoises and turtles - Exclusive interview with the world renowned scientist, Professor Mary B. Brown, Ph.D.

Observations on Dehydration in Reptiles by A C Highfield of The Tortoise Trust

Understanding Microclimates in Captivity by A C Highfield of The Tortoise Trust

Care Articles

Here you will find information on species specific care, and specific issues with raising captive tortoises.

Pyramiding in tortoises, by Richard Fife

The Sulcata and Leopard Tortoise

Sulcata Station

Basic Care of the Mediterranean Tortoise

Important Links

Looking for more info?  These are the best websites to visit.

The Tortoise Trust

The World Chelonian Trust

Austin's Turtle Page

California Turtle and Tortoise Club

Recommended Forum

Looking for answers from experienced keepers, cutting edge scientific revelations, ideas on housing, and product reviews?  This is the best forum to visit.