Why a Tortoise Table?

Some pet shops still try to sell vivaria to tortoise owners, here’s a list of why a tortoise table is a much healthier habitat for a happy tortoise.

why a tortoise table | A happy healthy baby tortoise in his tortoise table
A happy, healthy baby tortoise demonstrating why a tortoise table is better than a vivarium

Why not a Vivarium:

  • poor ventilation can result in respiratory and shell infections
  • lack of floor space
  • high humidity resulting in unhygienic environment
  • being fully enclosed results in one temperature throughout the environment, being cold blooded your tortoise needs to be able to warm and cool its body by moving to warmer or cooler areas, usually not possible in a vivarium.
  • Expensive in large enough sizes to accommodate tortoises.
  • As the tortoise can see out of the glass they become frustrated when they cannot understand that it is a barrier, resulting in an unhappy tortoise developing the habit of butting his/her head on the glass trying to get out, very bad for their mental health.

Why a Tortoise Table:

  • Larger floor area to give your pet tortoise room to move freely and explore his habitat, giving him both physical exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Airy environment means tortoise shells keep dry and much less chance of fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Great ventilation (see above)
  • A variety of temperatures so that your pet tortoise can move around to cooler or warmer areas and control their body heat.
  • A wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs available, ours are all hand built from the very best quality real wood
  • The wood used in our tortoise tables is untreated so there is no chance of poisoning through ingestion of paint or other wood treatments beware of others that are varnished or painted!
  • Our designs are attractive and smartly finished and look great in any room of your home

I can build any size or style that you desire, just call, email or leave me a message on here for a quote. I build single or twin level tables, tables on legs, a double unit for housing tortoises separately, matching lids and light fittings for any of my tortoise tables and outdoor runs in any size.

13 thoughts on “Why a Tortoise Table?

  1. My tortoise couldn’t be happier with his new table. It is so well built, the service was excellent, it was delivered super quickly and was very easy to set up. I had looked online at other tortoise tables but this one (model 266) stood out, a beautiful bit of craftsmanship from Ken and an amazing habitat for my 1 year old herman. He absolutely loves it and is a very happy tortoise.


  2. Just received our tortoise table,delivered on time well packaged and beautifully made,would recommend this website to all thank you very much.

  3. Received my tortoise table today, as promised. Securely packaged, well-made, assembled in minutes and now housing my 4 week-old hatchling. Well pleased!

  4. Just received my tortoise table today, my horsfield Loves loves loves it 🙂 Its great quality with plenty of room .
    Many thanks

  5. We purchased two tortoises last week and are very pleased .we got Luna and cornelius and they both settled in very well and love running around the living room.they are easy to keep,feed,and clean and would recommend to anybody .the tortoise table is very well made and we are definately happy with them love Jill,mark,Charlotte and Lucy

  6. Just bought the 4ft x 2ft table for our 10 year old tortoise! It’s fabulous, am so pleased we did this rather than making our own. It is made beautifully and is so reasonably priced. Delivery was in a week and was carefully packed. I would highly recommend this service.
    Thank you.

  7. Two weeks ago I bought two tortoises and a table for my sons birthday, he was very pleased with them. We went to see the tortoises and tables before we purchased them and was made very welcome and answered all questions and told us everything we needed to know. The table is very good quality. I would highly recommend happy tortoise habitat to anyone wanting to buy a tortoise/table. Thank you very much for a brilliant service:)

  8. I have just had delivery of my tortoise table and I am delighted. Ken was so helpful and tailored the table to our growing tortoise. The table is very well made and it was delivered within a couple of days. All round, a great service. Many thanks.

  9. I have today taken delivery of my 5ft tortoise table. I dont know who is more excited about it, me, the husband or Ethel and Edna (the tortoises). Made to such an exceptionally high standard, I could not be more happy. I dealt with the lovely Ken who was so friendly and helpful throughout. I would recommend Ken to anyone wishing to purchase a tortoise table, they are fabulous. Thank you.

  10. just purchased 2 tortoises and a tortoise table and I am extremely happy with the service I recieved. The tortoise table is made to a high standard and is lovely. The tortoises you can tell are well looked after. I travelled from Manchester to Hull to collect them and Ken and Elliee were extremely welcoming and such lovely people. I would recommend purchasing the tortoise table and tortoises from happy tortoise habitats. I have 2 extremely happy children and cannot fault anything
    Thank you

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