Welcome to my homepage about living fossils
On my homepage you will find general information about tortoises, what you should consider when buying and obtaining tortoises and how you should keep, look after and feed them. Furthermore, I am interested in the breeding of tortoises, where I would especially like to mention the legal regulations. A further chapter informs you about the most significant illnesses of tortoises. A short general review about the different species completes my homepage.
A further highlight is my breeders’ and vets’ list. The breeders’ and vets’ list is divided up into the German counties. Here, you can quickly find the nearest breeder or the vet closest to home. Not all vets have long-term experience with tortoises.
If you wish, you can add your name to my list if you are a tortoise breeder or vet with tortoise experience so as to increase your sales or visits to your clinic. Have you got any questions about my homepage or about the keeping of tortoises, then please feel free to contact me via email. I will then get back to you as soon as possible. It now only leaves me to say: Enjoy my homepage!
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There are about 300 species and several subspecies. Tortoises live in mediterrean areas, but there are also desert tortoises. The smaller turtles live mainly in North America and South-East Asia. The bigger turtles live in rivers in South America. A few island groups give shelter to even bigger tortoises. There are some turtles living in the sea. So you can find tortoises and turtles almost everywhere on the earth.
Tortoises in mythology
I discovered while I was doing my research work that tortoises are seen as very holy animals. This is not only the case today but they were also holy or a myth in the past. During further research I found very impressive tales and would like to tell you them.
[Asia:]In Japan the God of Wisdom and Fortune Fukurokuju is pictured with a high forehead. He is accompanied by a deer and a tortoise. Both these animals symbolize a long life. There is also another Japanese god. The God of Longevity and Fortune in old age Jurojin is also accompagnied by a tortoise and a crane. This means for the Japanese that there can be a contented life in old age.
The Chinese see the tortoise as an image of the universe. In China the tortoise is also a symbol of wisdom considering its old age.
The Mongolians and the Indians think the tortoise carries the world on its back. Furthermore, the graves of the Mongolians used to be arranged in the form of a tortoise, as the tortoise was seen as a symbol for immortality. The tortoise plays an important part in a couple of religions, too. For example in Buddhism and Hinduism. Buddhists and Hindus believe in rebirth and in their opinion various human souls on their way to nirvana are to be found in every tortoise. For this reason it is forbidden for any Buddhist to kill a tortoise. Tortoises have a special meaning for Hindus as well. The tortoise is the second incarnation of the God Vishna. As it is told, the God Vishna was transformed into a tortoise during a big flooding and after that was able to create a new world on the back of this tortoise.