Having undertaken numerous excursions into the natural habitats of European tortoises and turtles, nature has become the standard after which I have been trying to model their environment and diet.

I have been engaged in this marvellous hobby for over forty years.

The pictures you find on this site have been taken in the wild, and I trust you will enjoy browsing through and studying them. But most of all, continue to enjoy your favourite tortoises!


Welcome to the Testudo-Farm



As a matter of principle, keeping wild animals in captivity should always be based on how they live in the wild. This is the only way to ensure that our tortoises live their lives according to their species' natural requirements.

On this homepage of mine, I describe the natural habitats and ways of life of European tortoises.



The foldable Calendar 2018 presents unique closeups of european Tortoises and Turtles in their natural Habitats.

The top half of the calendar shows a close up photo taken in natural Enviroment in southern Europe with short information about the picture.

The bottom half of the calendar is the calendarium with plenty of space for notes, appointments and birthdays.

Text and days of the week in English, months also in French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

You will certainly enjoy this calendar immensely. A special and welcome gift for tortoise and nature lovers.

Large size closed approx. cm 25 x 33,5, unfolded approx. cm 50 x 33,5.


18,95 € incl. shipping

You can order the book directly by E-mail from the publishers:


The new mountly calendar

The ultimate book

 about the species-appropriate keeping of the European Tortoises

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- Book

- Calendar

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- Life in the wild

- Garrigue

- Maquis

- Tuscany

- Bushfires

- Formation of Humps

- Dalmatian excursion

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