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Stolen overnight from a garden in the Reigate area of Surrey


19 Marginated Tortoises (Majority Adult)

3 Adult Spur Thighed

This is one of the most substantial and serious thefts of tortoises we have suffered for many years.

All of the tortoises are subject to CITES ANNEX A and therefore canont be sold or purchased without an Article 10 licence and to do so is a serious criminal offence with upwards of a 5 year prison sentence.

We are most concerned for the welfare of these tortoises as they have special diets and veterinary needs.

This is a Press Release with an appeal for any information leading to a safe recovery of these animals and the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

If anyone can help please call John Hayward of the National Theft Register on 07802404929.

Welcome to the British Chelonia Group


  1. To provide chelonia keepers with the support needed to ensure that their captive animals receive quality husbandry.
  2. To raise funds from members, and from the public, to finance chelonia rescue, research and conservation projects worldwide.
  3. To discourage the importation and purchase of wild caught specimens, in favour of responsible captive breeding.
Marginated Tortoise

Marginated Tortoise

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