Reputable breeders/ Is this the species for me?


New Member
Mar 30, 2021
Location (City and/or State)
Highland Heights
Hi all!
I first got into tortoises by purchasing a Sulcata. I had him/her for 3 years, but unfortunately he managed to escape a temporary outdoor enclosure (a dog ex-pen, it was moved innocently by my BF and he escaped underneath a very small opening).

I've since been wondering about the longer term housing of a tort, etc, and I think a species that is more tolerant of my local environment (SW Ohio) and that can more easily be kept indoors with ample space during the winter would be a better option.

I'm in the process of doing my research into care requirements, etc, but would love resources you guys could provide, or some links to reputable breeders (I would never want to support illegal trade).

Thank you!!


Active Member
Jan 26, 2021
Location (City and/or State)
Manassas Virginia
Welcome to fhe forums! The two species you'll probably get the most recommendations for are Hermanns and Russians as both are relatively small as well as relatively hardy animals. Regardless of which one go with I highly recommend reading the care guide here: