Tortoise Links

The internet is a very large place with lots of information about turtles and tortoises. Basil has a few favourite jumping off places, that we have subcategorized below.

Red Foot Pages

Beasley the Red-Footed Tortoise
Arguably the most famous red foot tortoise on the Internet, Beasley's pages are a wealth of tortoise information and links.

California Turtle and Tortoise Club's Redfoot Page
A good introduction to the red foot tortoise by Diane Levine & David Schafer reprinted from the Tortuga Gazette 28(1): 1-3, January 1992.

The Red-Footed Tortoise: A South American Treasure
This article by Petra Spiess (Lowe) appeared in the March/April 1997 issue of Reptile and Amphibian Magazine and provides background, history and care information about the red foot tortoise.

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General Turtles and Tortoises

The Tortoise Trust
Based in the UK, the Tortoise Trust is devoted to education, conservation and research about tortoises worldwide. In addition to its valuable on-line information, the Tortoise Trust publishes a wide range of books and videos on all kinds of turtle and tortoise subjects.

World Chelonian Trust
A US-based organization, the World Chelonian Trust (WCT) promotes the conservation and survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles by actively supporting in-situ conservation efforts, field research and veterinary research. They also provide information and guidance to individuals and organizations to further the successful maintenance and propagation of captive populations.

Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Information Collection
Ms. Kaplan provides links to articles on housing, care sheets and a wealth of additional information related to the humane treatment of turtles, tortoises and other reptiles. For teachers, this site gives ideas on how to integrate reptiles into the classroom.

Reptile Rescue Canada
This organization is among a number in the world that help reptiles in distress (that is, reptiles that have been abandoned or mistreated by their owners). Reptile Rescue also coordinates an adoption program for those reptiles that have been rescued from dangerous or inhumane conditions.

Turtle Homes
International in scope, Turtle Homes organizes the rescue and adoption of chelonian species. They place turtles and tortoises that cannot be returned to the wild with individuals and institutions willing to provide species-specific care. Turtle Homes advocates the welfare and conservation of turtles and tortoises through action and education.

The Basking Spot
A whole pile of turtle, tortoise and reptile links.

Dr. David T. Kirkpatrick: Molecular Geneticist and Turtle-Fancier
Mr. Kirkpatrick is an avid turtle-keeper and author, and has served on the board of the New England Herpetological Society. His Web site includes articles that he has written on turtle-related natural history and captive care articles for a number of different publications. This site is a great source of many interesting articles.

Manouria Journal
This is a French-language publication "for chelonian researchers, managers, vets, breeders, students and enthusiasts from around the world." In addition to original French-language articles, the journal also publishes English-language articles translated into French.

Turtle Haven and Rescue
Located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Turtle Haven and Rescue "was started to provide rescue and permanent homes for all species of turtles and tortoises" and promotes public awareness and education of the crisis in the turtle trade.

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Tortoise Art

The Tlady's Hiding Place
The only place we know on the Internet for tortoise art—photos, digital paintings, and animations. Created by Lin King, this site also has an excellent booklet on rearing Mediterranian tortoises (including instructions on how to build a tortoise table).

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Discussion Groups

The Redfoot Tortoise Discussion Group
This discussion group provides a great forum to learn and share information about the red foot tortoise.

The Tortoise Trust Discussion Group
Established by the Tortoise trust, this discussion group provides expert advice on all aspects of totoise and turtle keeping. This list specializes in answering tortoise and turtle related questions.

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