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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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what type of tortoise should i get?

getting a tortoise in the next couple of months, have my eye on a couple, just wondering what are peoples experiences with different breeds of tortoises, i have plenty of reptile experince, i just want to get peoples experiences on the different breeds..
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A tourtoise is a big commitment and are high maintanance pet, you sound like this is just a spur of the moment impulse sort of thing but thats probably just me. I would go with a red eared slider, they dont grow too big and are pretty common so they are easy to find
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It depends on what you are looking for. What size, how much care etc....

Tortoises are a HUGE commitment seeing are they can out live their owners so you need to think of what will happen to the animal once you are no longer there, they need room, lighting, food etc...

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Russians are good, they stay small.

Turtles are just as much work as tortoises

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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excuse me, i know all their need as i have said i have kept repiles, i used to work in a pet shop, have kept different types of tortoises i just want to know peoples opions on teir pets, why people like the type of tortoises they keep,keeps them in a shop an having them as a pet, compleatly different.i know i have kept different types of turtles over the past few years from sliders to maps and would have to say they are alot more work to their land lovin cousins.... i will consider this tortoise an investment and will look after it and expect it to outlive me and be passed onto my child, so not a "just a spur of the moment impulse" ive wanted one all my life, and only now gettting around to getting one hopefully soon..
so any people who keep tortoise out there, would love to hear from you.
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I'm going to jump in as the devil's advocate and say don't get a tortoise. Even though I used to have them, I think that because they are so difficult to take care of correctly (anyone can care for them poorly, since they are so slow to die) few, if any, people should have them.

I have reservations about anyone keeping an animal that will out live them. Unless you bequeath the money for it's care and have a place for it in some institution, you are just saying "it's not my problem" after I'm gone. I don't see that as responsible. Saying it will be passed on to your child is not a real solution, is it fair to put the responsibility of the tortoise on your child? What are they supposed to do with it when they go off to school or have to move abroad?

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yet again, i asked for ADVICE...
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You say you have your eye on a few different species, but don't mention any.
Why don't you say wich you are looking at, and then asking for advice on these. Just saying you want advice on all tortoises make it sound like a spur of the moment thing, even though you say it's something you've been looking into for a couple of monts, and that's why people react this way IMO.

And btw. Working in at petstore and having "other reptiles" dosen't mean you know anything about tortoises.
Like I've had chinchillas for quite a few years now, but that dosen't mean I know the first thing about every other rodent out there...

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You could spend alot of time reading about the different types of tortoises, as said they are high maintenance pets that live a long time. They are a huge commitment. I read up on them and other tortoises, spoke to tortoise owners etc for about a yr before I got him..I have a 5 yr old redfoot, and they live years. I have grown children and know that my son will take great care of him . There are so many different kinds with different care needed. Another consideration is size,,,,,a sulcata can end up enormous and with that very heavy,,not a tortoise for most people. So there is alot to consider.

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I offer greek tortoise.I have one.they are not shy.and they will get used to you soon.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 06:14 PM
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I researched russians when i was looking for a tortoise, they seem to be the hardiest tortoise. They also don't eat bugs which i really like! Mine seems to be great, I've had him for about a month now and hes settled into his new home and really fun to have. They also don't get that big (as compared to leopard tortoises and sulcatas) Do some research on them, I'm sure you'll love them!

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