Choosing the turtle or tortoise that best meets your experience level, budget and time commitments is the important decision a reptile fan can make. Unfortunately, all hatchling turtles are small and irresistible, and sellers sometimes promote them as “easy-to-keep”. However, the workload, expertise and space needed to care for a 4-inch-long aquatic Mud Turtle, mid-sized semi-aquatic Wood Turtle, or 60 pound Sulcata Tortoise have nothing in common…and those are just a few of the possible variables!

Fortunately, most turtles and tortoises can be classified into groups that have similar lifestyles and needs. Whether an easy-to-maintain 20 gallon aquarium or a huge outdoor tortoise pen best suits you, you’ll be able to find the ideal pet by searching our Turtle and Tortoise Groups.