This is something I have considered since I was very young - buying a tortoise. However, I know very little about then and what they need. Do they live outdoors or in? What do you recommend? Are they... affectionate? Can you see when they're happy? Do they know you exist? How often do they need cleaning out? Do they need lots of attention? How long can they be left alone for? (I work 9-5, 5 days a week) What do they eat? Can they live alone? How long do they live for? Which breed do you recommend? (I'm looking at "spur thighed") Where do I buy one from?! I avoid pet shops. Are they expensive? If I had an outdoor turtle enclosure how long would they be OK to be left alone for in it? (I go to France 2 weeks out of the year) Would I be able to take one with me to France? Customs checks aside, could they cope with the journey/the heat etc? Thanks! I've trawled advice sites but it's really difficult to understand as everybody has different opinions/advice.