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Chelonians help and advice

Shell-bearing super pets

Chelonians include Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins. From hot and arid Tortoises like Marginated tortoises to the fully aquatic Mata mata turtle, we have your next pet at Swell Reptiles.

What are Chelonians?

Chelonians are a large group of reptiles including Tortoises, Turtles, and Terrapins, they are easily spotted thanks to their iconic hard shells which are used to protect them from predators. Chelonians make fantastic pets, displaying a mixture of intelligence and affection depending on the species. If you’re interested in adopting a Chelonian, you must come into our store where we will interview you and ask to see some images of the enclosure the Chelonian will be kept in before selling it to you. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of a pet to anyone we feel is ill-prepared to care for it.

Why should I buy a Chelonian?

Chelonians are particularly popular pets as they offer many unique benefits, Turtles require an enclosure with both an aquatic and terrestrial element while Tortoises can outlive many humans and give lifelong companionship. Most Chelonians live between 30 and 80 years depending on their gender and lifestyle - it’s not unheard of for a Chelonian to live past 100. Most tend to require a lot of investment to set up but are relatively affordable to maintain.

What are the main types of Chelonian?

Our chelonians are divided into two groups; Tortoise and Turtles. Tortoises are mostly herbivorous Chelonians that spend their entire lives on the land and are best kept on a tortoise table. Turtles are often omnivorous Chelonians who split their time between the land and water, they tend to be best kept in an aquarium. We do also occasionally stock Terrapins, which are displayed on this page.

What should I look for when purchasing a Chelonian?

Chelonians are a lifelong commitment, even the ones that only live for 30 years will be with you for a significant part of your life. Make sure that you are aware of the responsibility you’re undertaking and that you are committed to looking after your pet for decades. Some Chelonians can grow quite large as well, so you will need plenty of space for them to roam. As always, we recommend doing lots of research before purchasing to ensure you know how to properly care for your pet.