If you like tortoises, you came to the right place!

Welcome to Dennis's Tortoise Photo Blog

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Introducing the main stars of
Soda the Radiated Tortoise

This is Soda, my Geochelone Radiata

Of all the tortoises I've kept since '99, Soda is the friendliest. He will follow you around like a dog and will stand up high from the ground and stretch his head all the way out to be stroked. Nothing makes a tortoise owner happier than a healthy tort full of life and personality.

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You could say that Soda is like a hollywood star because he loves to pose for the camera. You'll see what I mean when you see his photo gallery by clicking HERE!

Soda Radiated tortoise

Soda's Instagram Account

Check out Soda's Instagram @sodatort for more photos, videos and memes!
Click on the screenshot below for a preview.

Update: Now with more than 2000 followers!

soda's instagram



Mocha the Sulcata tortoise

This is Mocha, my favorite Geochelone Sulcata

I got him last May 2007 along with three 2.5-inch baby Sulcatas. Mocha started out the smallest but had the smoothest shell growth. After a year, he outgrew all other Sulcatas and still maintained his unpyramided shell which is difficult to achieve in Sulcatas kept in captivity. It's strange because all his siblings had slightly bumpy shells even if they had the same diet, environment, routine, etc. Now he's more than a foot long!

For more pictures, click HERE! You may also see more pictures and videos of him in Instagram @sodatort

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Cracker the Indian Star Tortoise

Introducing Cracker, my first captive bred tortoise

On April 2006, Cracker was hatched! This was a very special moment with a lot of firsts. Bashful, my very first tortoise with her first clutch of eggs, produced my first captive bred tortoise! It was a very special moment indeed.

Click HERE for hatching photos and VIDEOS!

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In Memory of Whitey the Radiated Tortoise

This was Whitey, our adult female Radiated tort.

We had her from November 2002 to March 2009. I got her while I was still a college student and we've gone through a lot. She was already 14 inches and was ready to breed soon. She was a good pet and was used to having people around. Everytime I walked to her enclosure, she would approach me too and make eye-contact.

I invite you to see memories with Whitey by clicking HERE

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This is the last photo that I took of Whitey


Taking Care of Tortoises in the Philippines

Some basic information about tortoises in the Philippines

There are a lot of articles about tortoises in the internet but there's not a lot about tortoise care in the Philippines. Though turtles and tortoises are not very popular in the Philippines, the hobby is actually picking up the past several years. There are also more Philippine forums and groups via Facebook these days so it's easier to exchange information now.

To those who are just starting, I came up with a quick list of FAQ's with a lot of photos. The answers are more directed to Philippine tortoise hobbyists. I hope it helps.


Radiated Tortoise Breeding Project

My goal is to breed the magnificent Astrochelys Radiata!

Soda and Cola finally started to show interest in each other after being together for a few years. They didn't seem to mind each other at first so when the time came that Soda started chasing and mating Cola, I was thrilled. That was around November to December of 2013. I got even more excited when Cola laid her first clutch in December 2014! It was an amazing experience for me. I never realized Cola was a skilled digger, lol! She dug a hole that was around 6 to 8 inches deep. It had a narrow opening and a wide base. It was amazing really.

I love to document and take photos and videos. In this page you'll see Soda and Cola chasing each other, bumping and mating. You'll also see Cola's nests, how she does her digging, and how the eggs come out. It's an awesome experience that I would really love to share.

Please click the photo below to see more photos and videos!

Radiated tortoise breeding project

Pictured above is Cola laying 3 eggs back in 2014. She's been laying 3-6 eggs every 1-3 months ever since.


Note: This is a legal breeding initiative with valid DENR Certificate of Wildlife Registration

Star Tortoise Breeding Project

Aside from breeding Radiated tortoises, we are also trying to breed their beautiful but smaller cousins, the Indian Star tortoise.

Star tortoises also known as Geochelone elegans are once again growing in popularity. With its increasing demand, I decided to try my luck in breeding them again. They were my first tortoises back in 1999 and I was able to produce a few hatchlings in 2006 before working abroad. All that stopped in 2007. Now, I've also made it my goal to breed this beautiful species again. Star tortoises will always be one of my favorite tortoise species.

adult radiated tortoise compared to adult star tortoise

Pictured above is Cola beside one of my female Star tortoises. Both of them are already egg-laying adults. Notice the size difference between the two. Indian Stars usually reach an adult size of about 7 to 10 inches for females and around 5-6 inches for males. Radiated tortoises may reach up to 14 to 16 inches.

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Click for more photos and videos of Star tortoises breeding, digging, laying and more!


Note: This is a legal breeding initiative with valid DENR Certificate of Wildlife Registration

Tortoise Memes

Tortoises with a sense of humor

I find my tortoises not only relaxing but entertaining as well. Memes are a perfect way to bring out the fun in this hobby! Below are a few of the memes I've done. Click HERE for more! You may also follow @sodatort in Instagram for more memes.


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Mocha thinks he's a dog


About this website

How it started

I first created this site using a free web service on March 2010. As my interest in making websites grew, I started to study Dreamweaver, purchase a domain, and sign up for Host service. So here it is now!

Photos & Videos

I wanted to share pictures of my tortoises in different forums but I realized I had too many pictures taken since 1999 all mixed up in my hard disk. So I decided to make a webpage so I can organize them and at the same time show them to the community of tortoise hobbyists. With this website I can give an overview about myself, my tortoises, and share photos, videos, stories, information and experiences all in one place.


I wanted a place to showcase our tortoise replicas. These are such beautiful creations and I want all tortoise hobbyists to have at least one! Click here for more Tortoise Replica photos

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Available Tortoise Replicas

Last 3 sets available! Accepting payments via Paypal. I can also ship to the US. Click on the photos below to view more photos.

tortoise replica tortoise figurinesArranged from the top moving clockwise: 1) Leopard tortoise, 2) Indian Star, 3) Radiated tortoise, juvenile 4) Sulcata, 5) Yniphora, and 6) Radiated tortoise, baby. Click the photos above for more details.


About me and this hobby

How it started

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I started with one Indian Star tortoise on December of 1999. By the end of January 2000, I had 7 Star tortoises. I was then starting my Engineering degree and I had only little resources. But I was determined to have more tortoises and saved up as much as I could. After selling some of my old collections (such as comics, NBA cards, GI JOE, etc), the Stars were soon followed by Elongatas and Sulcatas. As soon as I passed my ECE board exams and got a job, I took my hobby up a notch by getting Redfoots, Leopard tortoises and Radiated tortoises, and more.

I was not always successful with all of them and deaths do occur, sadly. But some tortoises made it through and they've been with us for several years now! I also kept other reptiles like snakes and lizards but I was always very passionate about tortoises.

I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I worked abroad, travelled, and moved to the US to take my master's degree. I try to come home as many times as possible. While I'm away, my kind family manages the care of all torts and I also have friends helping me out.

Update: as of August of 2013, I'm officially back in Manila, Philippines!


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Soda, Cola, Mocha, Jenny and me


Sulcata tortoise growth




NOTE: My tortoises are legally registered under DENR-NCR Philippines (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in Metro Manila, Quezon City during the amnesty for exotic pets several years ago. These captive-bred tortoises were imported from both local and international breeders and were not caught from the wild. We'd like to preserve all endangered tortoise species and great efforts are being undertaken to take good care of them and perhaps breed them successfully in the future.

The tortoises found in this website are not for sale. I will not be responsible for scammers who remove my watermark and use my photos. Again, I do not sell live tortoises. I sell only tortoise figurines and occassionally tortoise supplies like Mazuri, edible plants and mixed grass.


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