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Russian Tortoises - Well Started Hatchlings and Juveniles: Testudo horsfeldi

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Experience Level: Starter [?]

Care Sheet: Juvenile Tortoises

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Russian Tortoises (Testudo horsfieldi) are the smallest tortoise species commonly available to keepers. This makes them one of the most sought after...They are found in the green areas along the edges of rocky hillsides and deserts of south eastern Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Because Russian Tortoises do best at the same temperatures and humidity levels that people prefer, they make ideal indoor, even“small apartment tortoises”for keepers. They have relentless, yet outgoing and friendly personalities. They learn to recognize their keepers, and stay quite small (males reach about 6 inches, and females just over 7 inches -after many years).

Juvenile Russian Tortoises do need extra moisture; we soak ours 3 times each week in warm shallow water for about 8 minutes . We also keep their substrate moist. Russian Tortoises are a desert species and should never have a water bowl. Constant access to greens and short, shallow soakings (3 times a week for hatchlings, twice a week for yearlings and two year olds, and once each week for adults) is their source of hydration. In the wild, Russian Tortoises eat grasses and leaves, flowers and some fruit. Ours are given tortoise diet, mixed with cut veggies and calcium supplement. Romaine, cactus pads, other greens and some fruit is also given. Russian Tortoises do not often drink, the get their moisture from the metabolic moisture produced from their food. Ours bask in the low to mid 90s, with a UVB source also provided.

A great species for keepers just starting out, Russian Tortoises are one the easiest to care for, and quickly win the favor of their keepers.

Pictured are three typicaly colored Russian Tortoises - they can also be lighter or darker. We will be hatching and starting more Russian Tortoises soon.

* Remember, each Tortoise order comes with a free starter sample of the same Tortoise diet your Tortoise has been raised on - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *

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1: We have a few well started hatchling Russian Tortoise incubated at 89 degrees for female:

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Pricing: 1 or more: $249.00/ea.

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2: We have just a few, very nice hatchling, Russian Tortoises available.

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3: We have one well started hatchling with a small extra scute, ready for the world June 11th: *Sorry these turtles have been ordered*

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4: We have three very pretty well started yearlings: ***Sorry these have been ordered***

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5: We have just one Very Pretty Black Russian Tortoise Hatchling Available: Call for Pics***Sorry this has been ordered***

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6: We have some very nice 4"-5" young adult pairs of Russian Tortoises available at a nice savings: Pair Price: $229

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7: Adult Russian Tortoises 4"-5"Available:

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8: We have a very nice proven breeder Russian Tortoise pair 4" -5", a male and a female. Price for the pair: ***Sorry these have been ordered***

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