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#1 Loopylou

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:07 PM

Hi All,

 

I am just introducing myself as new to the site, I have wanted a tortoise since I was about 5 years old, nearly 35 years later I am gonna put me first and get myself one! :) I am very excited about expaning y family but everything I read or speak to I get a different bit of advice.

 

So I need a tortoise table - am I best to buy big to start with or am I ok to get a smaller table for a few years, I have a nice sized garden and hoping for the little lady to be outside for most of the time, I do work some days so need to make sure the enclosure is very safe as we do get foxes in the garden. We don't have masses of room indoors but plenty of garden space.  I have 3 cats already so I need a tortoise table with a lid? Any recommendations? Would it be ok to get a table a tortie now before my outside enclosure is sorted? Thinking its prob a bit cold for a little one to go out?

 

Also I've been looking at 1 year old ones, they seem too little to go in the garden? I've been looking at tortoise shops - is this ok or should I look for a private breeder?

 

Right well thats prob enough questions to get going with. :)

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 



#2 mildredsmam

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 03:03 AM

Hi Loopylou welcome to the forum. :)

You'll find everyone on the forum very friendly and happy to help with any questions you have. :)

Yes a tortoise table set up is best, you could have a mesh lid made to fit the top to stop the cats been able to get in there or you could use some thing along the lines of a large indoor rabbit cage, which ever you decide I would go for quite a big size even hatchlings need a lot of space to roam around, you will be fine using the table for the time been until you get an outside enclosure done, by then the weather should have warmed up enough, when making an outside enclosure you must make sure it's predator proof against things like foxes, rats and even birds. :)

I would advise you to go with a breeder and not a pet shop, a breeder will give you all the help and advice you need before and after you get the tortoise, also you know the tort is healthy, most pet shop torts are imported and not in the best conditions which leads to them been stressed which can then lead to illness. :(

If you let us know what area you live we might be able to point you in the right direction to a good breeder.

Here's a couple of links that you might find helpful. :)   http://www.tortsmad.com/hatchlings.htm

 http://www.tortsmad.com/indoor.htm. :)



#3 Loopylou

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 08:20 PM

Hi,

 

I am in Hornchurch so can easily get to places in Essex/ East London/ Kent. Yes if you can recommend a breeder that would great. I have been to 2 reptile places, one told me to get a viv and the other which was a specialist tortoise place I was reading on here last night has bad reviews and torties have died from there. I want a tortoise as they will hopefully live longer than me!

 

I have looked at a couple of tortoise tables, I'll pop the link up later and then hopefully you can let me know if ots gonna be ok.

 

I'll be having a nose through those links....

 

Laura



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 10:32 PM

Hi,
 
I am in Hornchurch so can easily get to places in Essex/ East London/ Kent. Yes if you can recommend a breeder that would great. I have been to 2 reptile places, one told me to get a viv and the other which was a specialist tortoise place I was reading on here last night has bad reviews and torties have died from there. I want a tortoise as they will hopefully live longer than me!
 
I have looked at a couple of tortoise tables, I'll pop the link up later and then hopefully you can let me know if ots gonna be ok.
 
I'll be having a nose through those links....
 
Laura

Don't take advice from reptile shops, most don't have a clue other than how to keep them warm while there and they rarely let temps drop at night, so torts will be on the way to getting sick when they are sold.




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