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Russian Tortoise

$169.00 - $395.00
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Product Description

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.

Our adult Russian Tortoises are 4 -5 inch, 360 -420 gram young adults with nice coloration. Originally from Uzbekistan, these long term captives are doing very well on a diet of dark leafy greens, cactus pads, mixed veggies and Tortoise diet. We add a calcium supplement to their food, give natural sun or UVB; and soak them weekly. These are excellent tortoises for air conditioned homes and for outdoor pens in cooler and drier climates. Fantastic diggers, Russian tortoises will make burrows very quickly. With a little set up planning, this size makes excellent pets; and are old enough to add to existing breeding projects.

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

Other Details

Common Name:
Russian Tortoise
Scientific Name:
Testudo horsfeldi
Starter Tortoise
Care Sheet:
View Russian Tortoises - Adults Care Sheet
Tortoise Category:
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Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    4-inch Russian male tortoise

    Posted by Sarah OHara on Sep 15th 2022

    Very happy with cute healthy tortoise! Customer service great too..packed well,& receiving timely emails of arrival times & safety for animal put first.

  • 5
    russian tortoise

    Posted by Ace on May 26th 2022

    I received a healthy juvenile russian tortoise the next morning after ordering him.

  • 5
    What a great shop!!!!

    Posted by Peter wadsworth on Mar 18th 2022

    I would recommend the turtle source of anyone

  • 5
    Good reveiw

    Posted by :p on Mar 6th 2022

    Got my tortoise on time. They responded to my emails fairly quickly and we're very nice. They even sent the tortoise with some of his food. Compared to other sites I've worked with they did things very efficiently and with minimal confusion. I would definitely buy from them again.

  • 5
    Female Russian Tortoise

    Posted by Felice Tucker on Feb 23rd 2022

    She arrived within the time frame and she is healthy and happy and doing great!

  • 4
    Russian tortoise

    Posted by Rose on Feb 9th 2022

    We received our little Rocky yesterday! He is beautiful and healthy and we are very pleased! The only reason I will not give 5 stars is because of the packaging that he came in. He was in a completely sealed box and tied in a bag

  • 5
    Our first ever pet tortoise

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 2nd 2021

    We received our first pet tortoise 2days ago, it was our daughter’s 13th birthday present. It was a big surprise and she was so happy for the gift .Great customer service ! I needed to combine my order and the CSR was so fast and professional and took time patiently answered all my questions. Great experience. I wished they also could provide the tortoise birth date which will be great addition make it more special as a pet.