Heat and water are crucial to making sure your turtle or tortoise survives

Many people in Hong Kong don't want a little meowing kitten or barking puppy. Some have opted to take care of a turtle which is relatively easy to look after.

Sunday, 5 September, 2010, 12:00am

Learn to love again

We spend a lot of time speaking about how the earth is being ruined. But how about those weird and wonderful parts of nature that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, despite climate change and pollution?

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Keeping pets is fun

When I was about four years old I got my first pet, a tortoise. At that time, I did not have any toys and my only brother always went out to play and left me at home. Nevertheless, I did not feel lonely or depressed because of my little lovable tortoise, Lucky.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Rare reptiles and spiders on display

The public can get up close and personal with more than more than 1,000 reptiles, amphibians and spiders at East Point City in Tseung Kwan O.

Some rare species, including the world's largest spider and Asia's largest toad, are on

display for the first time in Hong Kong.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Man's luggage gives up reptilian haul

A highly endangered crocodile and dozens of other members of scarce species were seized at the airport when a man attempted to import them illegally from Thailand.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers seized a Gavialis gangeticus crocodile, also known as a fish-eating crocodile, six snakes, 46 turtles and tortoises and 11 flying squirrels on Monday night.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Endangered tortoises seized from market stall

Eleven endangered tortoises were seized from a hawker in Mongkok early yesterday.

The reptiles were discovered at 6.30am when the woman stallholder at the goldfish market in Boundary Street near Fa Hui Park showed them to an undercover officer from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, following a tip-off.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Ignorant visitors expect pet to be on menu

I am in complete agreement with the views expressed by Diana Cox in her letter headlined, 'Poor tortoise' (South China Morning Post, on April 15), about the burglar who was not punished for animal cruelty, even though he ate a pet tortoise.

It saddens me when the suffering of animals is ignored or trivialised in such a way.

22 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Poor tortoise

The court report of the burglar who boiled and ate a pet tortoise (South China Morning Post, March 19) is revealing.

While it is heartening to see the judge show clemency in sentencing for burglary, no mention is made of the poor tortoise.

It would seem from the report that the defendant was not indicted on any charge of cruelty to animals.

15 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Tortoise grab

A cage containing more than 20 tortoises worth over $20,000 was taken from outside a snake shop in Ching Yuen Street, Tai Po Market.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Pet shop raid

AGRICULTURE and Fisheries Department officers seized 29 endangered reptiles worth about $30,000 from a Tuen Mun pet shop. The reptiles included tortoises, iguanas and a chameleon.

17 Jun 1995 - 12:00am