Recently, we have had an influx of stray tortoises. Four in a single week!
Sadly, only one of them was microchipped, so we had no way of knowing who three of them belonged to or how to find their owners.
Tortoises are fantastic creatures, but they were never really designed for the UK. Left to their own devices, they will wander extensively and will actively climb and break out of gardens. Because of the low UK temperatures (compared to the more tropical climates in which they evolved originally), many will often hibernate outside by digging down into the ground and burying themselves for several months.
Ideally, all tortoises should be microchipped (for some species, this is a legal requirement). The days of just letting a tortoise “do its own thing” in the UK and hibernating them from October to April are long gone. Nowadays, we know a lot more about how to look after tortoises properly.
AlphaPet has vets and nurses with specific interests in tortoises who will be pleased to advise you on how to look after them.
We can also microchip them too, so that if they do stray, they can be returned to you!