Terrapins - Tortoises
We now have lots of terrapins here at the sanctuary. Most of them came from a rescue where a cruel pet shop was dumping them into a bin. Sliders are now on the evasive species list so can not be sold or breed, popular films like the 'Turtles' have made them popular pets for children despite the risk of salmonella and the fact they quickly out grow small tanks. They need very strong pumps due to the amount of waste they produce. Terrapins also need good UV lighting to develop properly and most species also need heat and a basking area.
These are our Sulcata Tortoises. They grow to a massive size and quickly outgrow most runs and vivariums that pet shops irresponsibility sell them with. People don’t realise how big they get so come to places like us for help. They can easily live over a 100 years so are a big commitment. Slow Coach our biggest was kept in a plastic garden shed with the heat lamp resting on him. He had nasty burns on his shell that will never recover. They have feeling in their shells so must have been agonising. He now happily lives at the sanctuary in a specially built enclosure.
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