I was so excited that I was finally allowed to get a tortoise!
I knew that I wanted a Hermann’s Tortoise but I didn’t know where to get one from. Someone that I know has Hermann Tortoises, I blame her for my obsession ;). I contacted her first to see if she had any babies available but she only had 2 babies this year and they had already found homes.
I also knew that our local farm park had them but I knew that they were kept in a vivarium which worried me. Tortoises need air flow and the glass fronts can make them stressed as they don’t understand why they can’t get through them. A little research told me that the tortoises that they had were imported from Slovenia. I wanted one that was born in the U.K. so this wasn’t an option.
I turned to the Internet to find our new addition. I came across a registered breeders list on the Tortoise Trust website. Our nearest breeder was 1 hour 30 minutes away but I was willing to travel.
When the tortoise table was set up we went to collect our baby. 😉 The breeders house was amazing! She had tortoises all over her garden! I had visions of what our house might be like in a few years time but I didn’t share these with my husband. 😉
We returned home and got our little one settled in. Bob loved him straight away and even my husband had to admit that he was nice.
I have been enjoying learning about which plants they like to eat. A great site is The Tortoise Table and I am forever comparing plants to photos on there. I am even growing my own weeds in the utility room. My husband thinks I’m crazy!
We are still undecided on a name. You don’t know the sex of a tortoise until they are about 5 years old so it is hard to know what to call ‘it’. We went though the silly names such as Eggbert, Shelly & Sheldon. ( No offence to anyone called any of those. They are only silly when given to a tortoise.) With it being a Hermann’s tortoise we wondered about Herman if he was a boy or Hermione if she was a girl.
We are still unsure and tend to just call him/her Tortoise. If you have any ideas let me know.