Quality of care advice given to first time tortoise owners

Helen Tedds, Simon Sneddon, Ros Clubb, Jeff Ollerton, Wanda McCormick

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List of Figures:

Figure 1: Horsfield’s tortoise https://wordpress.exoticskeeper.com/horsfields-tortoise-care-guide/

Figure 2: Horfield’s tortoise: https://exoticskeeper.com/blog/dont-lose-sleep-over-it-understanding-hibernation

Figure 3: Vivarium: https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/classifieds/ulgkqowye-horsefield-tortoise-and-vivarium-for-sale-swindon/

Figure 4: Table: https://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/tpg_members_forum_130.asp?tID=9460
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2024
EventUniversity of Northampton Postgraduate Poster Competition - University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 May 202423 May 2024


ConferenceUniversity of Northampton Postgraduate Poster Competition
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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