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Old 24-07-2013, 01:15 PM
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Hi there my sister is looking to buy a tortoise and has asked me to find out what kind of tortoise doesn't hibernate and stays at a small to medium size?


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How much space have you got?
How much are you prepared to spend on initial tortoise costs?
Have you got any experience with reptiles before?
Would you prefer a forest-humid loving, omnivore eating fruit as well as weeds-, or grassland-eats just grass and weeds and flowers, stays relatively dry minus humid hides- tortoise?
Non-hibernating species would include leopards, red foots, hingebacks, yellow foots, radiateds, pancakes and elongateds as well as many less common species. Please do not get a sulcata or aladabra, they get enormous.
If you have the space your best bet would be to go for leopards or red foots as they are the two species which are easiest for the beginner out of that list and available CB all the time.
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[QUOTE=FLINTUS;11385353]How much space have you got?
How much are you prepared to spend on initial tortoise costs?
Have you got any experience with reptiles before?
Would you prefer a forest-humid loving, omnivore eating fruit as well as weeds-, or grassland-eats just grass and weeds and flowers, stays relatively dry minus humid hides- tortoise?
Non-hibernating species would include leopards, red foots, hingebacks, yellow foots, radiateds, pancakes and elongateds as well as many less common species. Please do not get a sulcata or aladabra, they get enormous.
If you have the space your best bet would be to go for leopards or red foots as they are the two species which are easiest for the beginner out of that list and available CB all the time.[/QUOTE


It's for my sister, she has 2 bearded dragons and a corn snake so far,she's on holiday and asked me to do a bit of research for her

One that stays relatively dry with humid hides is what she will be looking for?

She has a spare 4x2x2 viv in the house but this is just early stages to find out what's best for her?
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Hi there my sister is looking to buy a tortoise and has asked me to find out what kind of tortoise doesn't hibernate and stays at a small to medium size?


Any help would be gd thanks
There are no small non hibernating species commonly kept I am afraid. All grow to beyond 12inchs in length.
Depends on what you call small to medium
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There are no small non hibernating species commonly kept I am afraid. All grow to beyond 12inchs in length.
Depends on what you call small to medium
Indian stars are quite small in comparison with some species aren't they and don't they stay awake all year round?

I don't know much about them other than they can be quite expensive.
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Indian stars are quite small in comparison with some species aren't they and don't they stay awake all year round?

I don't know much about them other than they can be quite expensive.
Not the stars I have seen, they have been at least 12inchs in length. Like all species they can vary greatly in size, hence saying no really commonly kept.
Having said that pancake tortoises are reasonably.
But both stars and pancake torts you really need to know what you are doing with them as the are not really hardy torts.
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Not the stars I have seen, they have been at least 12inchs in length. Like all species they can vary greatly in size, hence saying no really commonly kept.
Having said that pancake tortoises are reasonably.
But both stars and pancake torts you really need to know what you are doing with them as the are not really hardy torts.
Cool thanks for the reply

What is subtle for a 4x2x2 viv and is relitevly dry with humid hides?


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Cool thanks for the reply

What is subtle for a 4x2x2 viv and is relitevly dry with humid hides?


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I wouldn't put anything other than a tropical tortoise in a vivarium to be honest. A viv that size would also require upgrading as any potential inhabitant got bigger.

Torts like to roam.
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I wouldn't put anything other than a tropical tortoise in a vivarium to be honest. A viv that size would also require upgrading as any potential inhabitant got bigger.

Torts like to roam.

Cool thanks you your help,I will pass on the info
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Not the stars I have seen, they have been at least 12inchs in length. Like all species they can vary greatly in size, hence saying no really commonly kept.
Having said that pancake tortoises are reasonably.
But both stars and pancake torts you really need to know what you are doing with them as the are not really hardy torts.
Totally agree with you with regards to them not being beginner torts. I need to read up on tropical tortoises I think as there are some serious gaps in my knowledge of them.
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