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#1 MikeA


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:38 PM

I am still quiet new to being a tortoise owner and want to make clear I am not planning on adding anything else to her table for the foreseeable future. I have however come across a lot of people who will have a chameleon, some type of crab or frog, or a house gecko who seem live happily with their tortoises. I was just wondering if this is anything anyone has tried and how well/badly it worked out for them.



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#2 wizzasmum


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 05:49 PM

Many people have tried this sort of thing and I dont know of even one who it worked for. Different species carry different pathogens, which can be fine in a single species group, but when different species are kept in close proximity with no escape from each other, one usually succumbs pretty quickly, not to mention the very different behaviours, its survival of the fittest Im afraid. Ive seen several groups of tortoises wiped out completely simply by introducing a different species. Id never risk it personally.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 04:02 AM

I agree with Sue, it not worth the risk to your tortoise, you do see people say they get on great living together and maybe at first to them it looks as though they do, but when things do go wrong most of the time you dont hear about it.  :wink: 

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