5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jul 16, 2014
- Location (City and/or State)
- South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
I couldn't agree more! PROPER care of my little Russian tort is significant (to give GOOD food, PROPER lighting, experienced and competent Vet care...if not a large enclosure and all the substrate it takes to fill it). I can't imagine feeding costs alone!!! (I hear they have massive appetites!)Say you do get your real low cost albabra deal, life time cost for care will make the difference between free and $2500 negligible. Basically if you can't afford the tortoise you can't afford the post purchase care.
YES YES YES! I don't think you're coming off badly at all. The fact is, it is a decision you can't take lightly--even for a "low cost" version! I'll admit when I adopted my Russian tort, Morla, last September, I did not expect what was a "free" adoption would become what is now upwards of $1000 for the Vet bills she's accrued in the short 4 months I've had her. She's been worth every penny and I am BLESSED that I can finagle it!Everything thing about this comment is dead on.
If you can't afford $2000+ for a tortoise, how are you going to feed and house it? What are you going to do when it gets sick?
One of my least favorite sentences ever is "Oh my (name any pet) is sick, but I can't afford to take him to a vet."
Maybe I'm coming across here poorly, and if so then I apologize.
I really don't want to drive you away from the forum, but this is too huge of an issue to not point out to you.
Plus is anybody honestly selling their aldabra on Craigslist?