Star Tortoise Garden @
Star Tortoise Garden @

About & Disclaimer

Who am I?

I created this website in 2008 as a way to share my experiencies as a tortoise keeper, especially about Burmese star tortoises which at the time were not very common in captive collections.

I keep tortoises because I love them and they bring me so much joy. My tortoises are my precious pets. I don't have tortoises for the purpose of selling them. I am not a breeder/seller or a reptile business.

As a kid, I had several pets, including a Greek tortoise. As an adult, I've kept chelonians continuously well over two decades. I am not a veterinarian or a biologist. Nor am I a writer or a photographer. I am just an enthusiastic hobby tortoise keeper. Nuts about tortoises, you could say. :0)

Simple, but 100% by me

I am the only person working on this website. I am not a tech person, but I have created the design, structure and content of this site from scratch. I have kept the website very basic and uncluttered on purpose; no bells and whistles here. I like the simple "retro" webpage look. :0) Photos are small and highly compressed for faster loading. They are for illustrative purposes only, not for photographic merit.

As the sole content writer and webmaster, I may have become quite blind to my own mistakes. Also, English is not my first language. So, please do excuse the grammar and style errors you may encounter on these pages. :0)

Burmese star tortoise baby

Burmese star tortoises are beautiful animals. This one has especially lovely golden-yellow skin. And he has a tiny bug on his nose. :0)

Work in progress

There's always so much more to learn about tortoises. This website is continually evolving and it's updated on and off. Consider it a work in progress.

References & sources

1.) My personal knowledge, experience, and observations. 2.) Numerous turtle and tortoise books and websites, most are listed on the books and links pages, and the links to rest of them are scattered on various pages on this site. 3.) Most photos are taken by me, but a few are generously provided by visitors with personal permissions. Those photos are always credited to the original photographers.

No pop-up ads here

I dislike visiting websites full of annoying pop-up ads. Thus, my pages have none of those. No pops of any kind. Yeah! :0) However, keeping this website running costs me money. I have monthly and yearly fees to pay for the web hosting and the domain name. I am paying for pro level web hosting with faster speed and extra online security. Not cheap.

That's why is a "participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to"

If you buy something through my amazon links, I may earn a very small commission for it, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. The few cents or dollars I may earn monthly are helping to pay for my website hosting and domain name fees. In other words, help keep this web site online and continue sharing tortoise care info.


The information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. While I try to keep the information up to date and correct, I make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will I be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of I have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Individuals are responsible for, and encouraged to, thoroughly research all matters before making any decisions or purchases based upon the content of this website.

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