Turtles in need of a home

Occasionally I take in Turtles and / or Tortoises from private parties
and assist in finding homes for them.   I do this to help keep
non-native aquatic turtles out of our creeks, streams and lakes and
tortoises from being released as well.  Many of the ones that do
come to us find the best homes possible.   We have purchased a
home in 2012 that has a couple acres that will allow us to keep many
of them here, but we can only keep so many.  For those that need to
find a new home, they must be able to provide equal or better than
what we can provide.    All homes must meet the requirements that I
have put on individual species.   

Adoption Fees - We have battled back and forth and we have
implemented adoption fees and then we went back to our goal.  The
goal to focus on making sure each and every reptile, turtle and critter
that we take in and love goes to a good home.   We ask that if you
can make a donation towards are cause that you do so but it is not
required.    Donations can be in the form of supplies as well.   Here is
a link to our donation's page.  
( Click Here )




All Turtles and Tortoises offered for adoption were not taken in through any organization.  
These have been offered up for adoption through the private individuals and me.  
To inquire about future adoptions,
please email Kevin@tortoisehome.org
Adoption Application:  ( Under Construction )

For more info on adoptions - please email us.  All adoptable reptiles when
available are posted on our "The Tortoise Home" Facebook page.

Red Ear Slider Turtle ( All Sizes ) -

Unfortunately, these guys suffer more than any turtle in the
world.  They are bred in the millions by commercial farms in
the South East United States.   Almost all are exported to
Asian countries and the Pacific Island nations for food
consumption.  A small portion of them are held back and sold
to the Pet Trade where it is illegal ( FDA Law ) to sell under
four inches but a majority are sold under the radar of the law.  
Many places wholesale them' for $2.50 which can be usually
sold on the street corner, flea market or retail establishment
(illegally) for $10 to $30, sometimes offered with little island
habitats.   In almost 99% of all sales of Red Ear Sliders the  
customers are unaware of the size, care and husbandry that
is needed to care for one properly.  In order to do so, that
$2.50 turtle turns into hundreds of dollars in equipment and
expenses.   People who typically buy them on impulse will set
them up in a small aquariums such as a 10 gallon tank or 20
gallon tank and in the first year, they have out grown it.  I
have seen Red Ear Sliders grow as much as 5-6 inches in
one year pending food consumption and proper husbandry.  
The rule of thumb that I live buy is 15 gallons of water for
every inch of turtle.   So if you have a 10" Red Ear Slider
Female, you need at least 100 gallons or more of water not
including the land area needed for them to remove
themselves to bask or lay eggs.  Red Ear Sliders are
semi-aquatic meaning that they do spend a lot of time in
water, but do need time out of the water to bask and seek
land for laying eggs.   Red Ear Sliders are one of several
species of turtles that do not have saliva glands so therefore
they must be in water to eat and swallow food.   

At the Tortoise Home, we treat Red Ear Sliders like they are
like any other turtle.   They are a live turtle just like any other
and therefore they get the same respect as any turtle.   When
we take them in, we make sure they are fed the same as any
other aquatic turtle.  When re-homing them, we actually spend
a little more effort in placing them into homes as we only
adopt Red Ear Sliders to homes that have private backyard
ponds that are critter proof.   We go to great efforts to make
sure they live their lives happy and with lot of room to move
about.   
          IMPORTANT!!!

Under no circumstances should a non-native species of turtle or any
other animal be released into the wild.  Non native species carry a
variety of organisms, parasites and other harmful bacteria that may
cause illness to native wildlife.   

Such examples are Bullfrogs.   Bullfrogs have been released over
the years and now due to introduced diseases, there are several
fungi and bacteria types wiping out huge populations of
Salamanders, Newts and Frogs.  Soon one day, there will be no
more causing not only a break in the food chain, but also allowing for
the food that the amphibians eat on to excel and causing more
issues.  

Contact your local rescue or club for more information.
TORTOISE HOME
Rescue - Adoptions - Education - Conservation - Preservation
Turtle and Tortoise Sanctuary & Educational Facility
Hollister, CA