About this group
Tortoises are popular domestic pets but they can live for decades, which means vet treatment can add up over time.
By joining this group you can get a quote from our specialist sister insurer ExoticDirect for tortoises up to 50 years old.
ExoticDirect has three levels of cover to choose from and its Basic policy starts at £40 a year, which you can pay monthly. Its Premier policy includes up to £2,500 for vet fees relating to an accident or illness, along with death and theft cover.
Although tortoises have a shell to protect themselves from damage, that doesn't stop them from getting ill. Here are a couple of claims ExoticDirect helped with in 2016:
- £294 for a Spur Thighed Tortoise suffering with Anorexia
- £633 for a Leopard Tortoise suffering with Mycoplasma Pneumonia
We've created this group to make it easy to find out where to get pet insurance for tortoises. Join Bought By Many to find out how much your pet insurance will cost.
Tortoises make great pets, particularly for people who don’t have the time or ability to care for a cat or dog.
That said, these delicate animals do require plenty of care. Tragically, many of the 150,000 tortoises who are imported into the UK every year die within their first year in captivity due to lack of appropriate care, mostly during their winter hibernation period.
Additionally, they must be well protected from larger animals who may harm them and be fed the right food, plus some species do grow to be quite large.
Tortoises are always a long-term commitment, as their life expectancy is normally between 50 and 100 years. More information on the best way to care for your Tortoise, as well as Tortoises looking for foster homes, can be obtained from the British Tortoise Society.
Children love these beautiful creatures, despite the fact that they spend much of the year asleep. When awake though, they can be active (especially during summer months) and are often very funny to be around.
Plus, they are absolutely adorable, as tiny Lucy demonstrates here.
However, it is important to keep in mind that some species of Tortoise are now protected animals under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), as well as further EU legislation. This means they cannot be imported, sold, traded or offered for sale within Europe by anyone without special permits.
Many other types of Tortoises are still available, but it is recommended you make sure you are fully aware of your Tortoises species and origin.
We believe Tortoise owners deserve a great deal on their insurance, to match the care and attention they give their charming little pets. That is why we started this group.
By joining this group, you club together with other owners to get a great deal on insurance for your Tortoise.