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Discussion in 'Tortoise FAQs - New and need help?' started by donbv3, May 27, 2015.

  1. donbv3

    donbv3 New Member

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    Hi
    I'm thinking of getting a tortoise but unsure which would be the best breed to have in th UK. I'm very new to tortoises and reading as much as I can before I bring one home.

    Thanks
    Helen
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Hi Helen:

    I think it would be very helpful for you if you would go to our Species Specific section and read the different care sheets pinned at the top of each species section. Reading about how to care for them and what is required should help you make a decision as to what species to get.
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    spud's_mum Well-Known Member

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    Most Mediterranean are better suited to the uk. I myself have a hermanns.they are pretty torts full of personality. :)
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Best in what way? There are so many ways to answer that.
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    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

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    Hello, and a very warm welcome to Tortoise Forum.
    Tidgy's the best tortoise.
    But you can't have her.
    Sorry.
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    Lyn W Well-Known Member

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    Hi Helen I am in the UK too and have a leopard more by fate than choice but wouldn't change him for the world now. Possibly not the easiest species for the UK climate. I hope you find the tort of your dreams soon and welcome
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    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, any species is fine if you're fully prepared.
    But a Greek, Russian, or Hermann's might be a good starting point.
    Gillian Moore and Tom like this.
  8. My Bob is actually the best tortoise. But I would recommend a Hermanni for you. They have very sweet personalities, and are easy to care for. My Queenie is a real easy keeper. I like Hermanni's.
    But I'm stuck with Bob....or stuck on.....

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    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

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    I believe a Russian tort would do well in the climate of the U.K.Whatever one you choose, I wish you the best of luck.

    And of course....a very warm welcome to the forum!
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    Thank you very much for all your replies. I'm very glad I've found your site before buying a tortoise. I'm looking at either a Russian (are these also called horsefield) or a Hermann. As from what I've read they seem the most suited to the UK climate. I would like them to spend time in an enclosure outside in the summer but will live mainly inside as it's not very warm in theha UK. Thanks again for your help i hadn't seen your care sheets before i posted but they are fantastic :)
  11. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

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    Yes, a Russian is an alternative name for a horsefield.and would be better suited to the UK climate than some other species.
    Keep reading and preparing and ask if you have any questions.
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    donbv3 New Member

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    I have been planning on building my own table but the Russian tortoises I have seen were born last year and are around 2 to 2 1/2 inches. I read a post on here about them needing a humid environment first few years, would this be the case for a Russian tortoise this size?
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    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

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    Yes, at a year old it is still a baby and, according to the care sheet, until he is 2 to 3 years old and about 4" in length should be treated as such.
    A humid environment is essential for healthy growth.
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    I love hermanns, my spud loves to climb and is very curious and friendly. However, it's your choice, good luck
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