Turtles are reptiles characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. They are known as ectotherms—animals commonly called cold-blooded meaning that their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment. They are also classified as amniotes, along with other reptiles, birds, and mammals. This means that turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.
Minimum loan period is 1 week, maximum loan period is 3 weeks. Each loan animal is provided with food for the loan period, tank and a “How to Keep” sheet. Our turtles can be handled under strictly controlled and supervised conditions, more information can be found on the “How to Keep” sheet.
We recommend our members do a full risk assessment for the loan acknowledging the individuality of each classroom environment and the students therein.
Please CALL us to arrange all loans, booking is essential, with 24 hours notice required.
Please note our hot weather policy – we will not allow animals to be transported in temperatures above 35°C. If this is forecast we will call to make alternative arrangements.