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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Tortoise

Contrary to popular belief, tortoises are in fact turtles rather than part of a separate group. We generally refer to land based species as Tortoise and aquatic species as Turtles.

Like most turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The carapace is fused to both the vertebrae and ribcage, and turtles are unique among vertebrates in that the pectoral and pelvic girdles are inside, rather than outside, the ribcage.

Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimetres to two meters and are reclusive animals. Tortoises generally have the longest life spans of any animal, and some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years

Pet tortoises typically require diets based on wild grasses, weeds, leafy greens and certain flowers. Certain species consume worms or insects and carrion in their normal habitats, but too much protein is detrimental in herbivorous species, and has been associated with shell deformities and other medical problems.

 

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