Horsefield’s tortoises are among the most commonly kept pet tortoises for families and we can’t recommend them highly enough.

They’re active during the day and don’t often hide away. Tortoises love to explore outside their enclosure and will happily spend a sunny, summer’s afternoon exploring the garden outside.

Because tortoises are naturally passive towards humans they make an ideal pet for children with adult supervision, although they do not generally enjoy being handled.

Give a Horsfield’s tortoise the right setup and diet and you’re guaranteed a great family pet.

Other names or sub-species: Testudo horsfieldii, Russian tortoise, central Asian tortoise.