Tortoise Helpline Ireland

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THI requires a large aquarium urgently

Posted by [email protected] on November 30, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

THI has been asked to care for a pair of neglected Musk Turtles that are in very poor health.

A large aquarium is required urgently to accommodate these turtles.

If you have an old aquarium that you no longer use could you please contact THI by e-mail ASAP.


URGENT Serious Health Warning to Terrapin Owners

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A serious situation has developed with regard to risk to your children. Advised by the Health Services Executive in Ireland

Please click this link

2013 Was a Successful Re-Homing Year

Posted by [email protected] on December 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to all those who re-homed tortoises and turtles in 2013.

The ongoing issue of unwanted terrapins continues to be a problem. However THI has managed to convince a handful of pet store owners and they are now recommending and stocking smaller turtles. For information on the care of these smaller turtles like Musk and Razor Backs please do not hesitate to contact THI.

Wishing all a very Happy and Peaceful 2014.

Young terrapin warning

Posted by [email protected] on November 8, 2011 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

Recently THI has been inundated with requests to re-home terrapins. These are usually Red-Eared Sliders or Yellow-Bellied turtles that are sold by pet suppliers when they are no more than an inch long. However within no time they achieve rapid growth and you can end up with a turtle as big as dinner plate. These turtles are not suitable as pets unless you have adequate facilities and considerable herpetological experience. They also pose a serious threat to children and to the environment as they tend to carry the Salmonella Virus.

Please DO NOT purchase these species.

There are alternative species if you really really want to keep a turtle but remember this can be a 30 year relationship so be prepared. If you need advice on alternatives please contact us and we will put you in touch with a reputable source.