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Desert tortoise in NY?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by tylerfitz420, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. tylerfitz420

    tylerfitz420 Member 5 Year Member

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    I've been looking online and can't find any information , maybe someone on here knows. I'd love a desert tortoise or 2 ? Can I have them in NY? I'd love to adopt them?
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    As far as I know they are not allowed out of their native states. So no.
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    They like lots of hot day and lots of room to walk around. I can't imagine how you could provide that.
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    How about another kind of tortoise? Do you have any others?
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    So does every other tortoise species...
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    Barb is right. They cannot be removed from their home states due to Federal laws that protect them.

    Can you move to CA, NV, or AZ? :)

    Phoenix has great summers. Totally different than that NY climate you are used to. :p
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    New York is a big place and it can get very cold...but lots of people in New York keep tortoises successfully!
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    South Florida is good too!
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    Not for a desert tortoise. :D


    But yes, I too love South FL. Might move there someday.
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    Oh I would move in a instant to a warmer climate. Just for my tortoises! Lol I can't leave my 84 year old Dad.
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    I wish the laws weren't what they are. I think it would be great to captive breed lots of desert torts and let people all over the country have them. Makes no sense why a person in NY can import a tortoise from Afghanistan, Madagascar or South America, but not from NV, CA, or AZ...
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    I have 8 Russian's, 1 Greek and 2 Leopards. I have 2 outdoor enclosures for the Russian's all inside a 50'x 40' fenced in area for the Leopards. They have to be brought in at night though.
    I have an entire tortoise room 15x12 . The leopards have the entire run of and the others are in Tortoise tables.
    I breed Russian's too.
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