As always, the best place to start is in the beginning! You can learn more about Riparian Farms and our commitment to producing the very best captive-bred reptiles in the world.
In 1997 I became aware of the plight of the many species of Asian turtles and tortoises. Since I had been working with the giant Burmese Mountain tortoise since 1973 it seems logical to commit some of my energy to other Asian species
Most if not all tortoise enthusiasts have at one time or another dreamed about visiting the Galapagos Islands. Well that dream finally came true for me, what a fantastic experience.
One of the biggest problems associated with raising captive hatched tortoises is pyramiding. Pyramiding is the raising of scutes during active growth periods. As a tortoise normally grows each scute increases in size horizontally thus increasing the overall diameter of each scute and the size of the tortoise...
We at RIPARIAN FARMS have been trying to legalize the sale of turtles, tortoises, and terrapins which are under four inches to "informed adults". So far we have been unsuccessful. In 1998 we proposed an amendment to the 1975 FDA, sale of turtles less than 4-inches Regulation. It took five years of work to convince the FDA to review the proposal.