1. Study on the parasitology of endemic tortoises ('Cistude', Annam Pond leprous tortoise) and non-endemic French trachemys and tortoises in Florida). Comparisons between animals bred in captivity and the wild


Study conducted by the research laboratory of the faculty of Perpignan Via Dominitia by Mr VERNEAU, in collaboration with the Valley of the Tortoises.

Here is the publication of the results of this study

2. Global climate change and its impact on different species of tortoises: study by Barry Sinervo (California-based researcher).

Thermal sensors have been placed in the enclosures of our Hermann tortoises, which will register temperature variations within the park over a one month period.

In addition, a number of sensors have been placed on the shells of different species in order to register the body temperature of the animals every 10 minutes.

3. Roger BOUR, researcher at CNRS, Natural History Museum of Paris

Giant Tortoises of the Mascarene Islands (Reunion Island, Mauritius, Rodriguez Island)

History of the tortoise


4. Anatomy


A tortoise shell has, on average, approximately fifty sections similar to bones. Some tortoises may have more than 280 different sections similar to bones while others will possess only 25, apart from their exterior shell.

The number of bone sections of a tortoise depends, in reality, on the species and the size of its shell.

For example, the Leatherback tortoise has a thousand small bone sections making up their shell structure.





5. Studies on parasitic fauna:

Internal Parasitology among Mediterranean land and exotic tortoises, conducted by Bruno Vacher (University of Perpignan).