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On the Third day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..

Three reptiles!


In March we gave a home to Pringle, a lovely tortoise who was signed over as his owner moved house and could not take him with them. Another lovely tortoise was also signed over into our care in November.

Did you know that all tortoises have a bony shell made of hard plates that protect their soft bodies. The overall size, colours and features of tortoise shells and bodies vary from species to species. Generally shells are tones of brown, blacks and buffs with quite a bit of yellow in the case of the Hermann’s tortoise. The spur-thighed tortoise has a bony spur on the rear of each thigh, whereas the Horsfield’s tortoise has a claw on the tip of its tail. The marginated tortoise is the largest and darkest of these land tortoises; it grows to 30cm in length, with the edge of the upper shell of adults being splayed out at the back.

In June a gorgeous blue- tongue skink was signed over into our care because the owner could no longer care for it.

Did you know that blue-tongue skinks, are found in tropical forests of Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. Their biology is the same in captivity as in the wild, so the captive environment should reflect the natural habitat as much as possible to meet their complex welfare needs. These include: the need for a suitable environment, a healthy diet; to be housed with, or apart from others; to allow normal behaviour and to be protected from harm. Bluetongue Skink Care Sheet (PDF 461KB) (1)

EmmaOn the Third day of Christmas our Branch came to see…..