Hello from New York!

harleeprice24

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Hello! I'm not a tortoise owner yet, but I plan on getting one eventually. I've wanted a tortoise for a long time now, and for the past few months I have been researching and getting serious about becoming a tortoise mom. I've decided to join here and learn some more before getting one. I was thinking either a Russian or a Hermann's. :)
 

Blackdog1714

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Upstate or in the City- Either way I am partial to my Russian, but to be honest I have never owned a Hermann's. Don't let the small size fool you they are scrappy and would need an 8'x4' enclosure as adults. Welcome and please check out the forums for both!
 

harleeprice24

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Upstate or in the City- Either way I am partial to my Russian, but to be honest I have never owned a Hermann's. Don't let the small size fool you they are scrappy and would need an 8'x4' enclosure as adults. Welcome and please check out the forums for both!
Upstate. Thank you for the info, I definitely will!
 

Sa Ga

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Russian gets my vote! (Morla after an especially enthusiastic feeding session!)
 

jsheffield - In Memoriam

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My Russian came to live with me after I found him on Craigslist... it might be worth a look to see if you can help out a tort in need, and help yourself at the same time.

I lived for 20 years up in the Adirondacks, and only recently moved to NH, which has made winters softer for me, but still too rough and long for my torts.

Jamie
 

Yvonne G

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Welcome!

I agree that a Russian tortoise would be a good choice for a first tortoise, but bear in mind that just because it's a small species, that doesn't mean you can get away with setting it up on a small enclosure. They need a lot of roaming space.
 

kanalomele

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Welcome to TFO! A Russian is always an excellent beginner tortoise as they are sturdy enough to tolerate us mas we figure out what is the best keeping advice. Plus I am a bit obsessed with their "tough guy" personalities. Tiny little mafioso of the tortoise world quite frankly. So great
 

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