What other breeds does everyone have

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Hi im thinking to get another tort this summer and im not sure weather to get another leo or another breed, could you post some pics and comments to help me decide thanks from rob
 

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Hi Rob,

In the tortoise world, we call them different species not breeds. Not exactly sure why but that's just the correct way lol

Anyways to answer your question, I have a cherryhead red foot that is almost 2 years old and I think she's pretty cool. If you're looking for a mid sized tortoise, in my opinion, They are the ones to get!

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They don't all marble like this (the white between the schutes) but cherryheads are the only red foot that shows marbling. So if you like that, get a cherry if not get a northern red foot. Northerns ones get a little bigger and cost a little less to purchase but have the same habitat needs. Most breeders just label them as "red foot tortoise" because they are the most common.
 
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I do like the redfoot species but what they like to keep and whats the enclosure like, i also like the indian star tort but i am a beginner with alot to learn
 

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First off, you do know you can't put a different species in with your leopard. They have to be house separately, do you have the room for that? Also, if you were to get another leopard, it should be two more at least, pairs usually don't do well together. Then if you end up with all boys, or two boys and one girl, you may have to house them all separate, do you have room for that? Don't forget to be sure you have room for when they get bigger too.
I now have two leopards, house separate and one Russian again house separate.
 

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Hi wellington i already new they can not be housed together and i wouldn't house two leos together as well incase of them fighting and ect, also iv got plenty of space in my house and also my back yard with an old cole house that im going to convert for my leo when he/she is ready for it. Iv been looking at horse-field torts as well what are they like to keep
 

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Red foots, like leopards, need high humidity to not pyramid. They actually have similar needs to leopards overall. Just a little more fruit and a little more protein. Do some research on the tortoiselibrary.com. It tells you quite a bit and all of the information is good.
 

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I have four red footed tortoise all housed together . They are one tortoise that like the company of others . They love the attention they get . I also have sulcatas they eat like cows and get almost as big . But my all-time favorite has to be reds .
 

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Hi mike im really getting to like these red foots and just enjoying reading up on them. So looks like its between a leo and redfoot at the mo and need to see if any good breeders in the uk
 

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As far as breeder in the UK, I don't have any suggestions but if you PM a guy on here with the user name Flintus, he has some reds and he lives in the UK I believe. He's not on here as much as he used to be but he pops in on occasion. Anyways he might be able to point you in a good direction.
 

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I love my red foot. So happy I got one. Only had 3 weeks, though, so can't wait to really see the personality. :)
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robbo87 said:
Hi mike im really getting to like these red foots and just enjoying reading up on them. So looks like its between a leo and redfoot at the mo and need to see if any good breeders in the uk

Yep I am in the UK abclements:). Where are you and are you happy to use courier? Red foots are very easy to find from a breeder, leopards should be easy but they are being bred less now due to their size as many have ended up in the rehoming process recently. So for leopards, I would go to the Tortoise Protection Group or maybe the Tortoise Trust, but they would not let you breed him/her if you ever wanted to due to their views on captive large tortoises-most of the time they have the same opinion on Red Foots as well. Otherwise, there are a fair few breeders around, especially if you're willing to travel or use a specialist reptile courier.
 

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abclements said:
Hi Rob,

"They don't all marble like this (the white between the schutes) but cherryheads are the only red foot that shows marbling."



Well Mr. Drew…..not to cause a stir ….but there are other Redfoots who will show marbling ….not just Cherry Heads. This gal has yellow marbling.








But your right …generally you will in the Cherry Heads….



JD~:shy:
 

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Ahha, I should have chosen my words more carefully! I stand corrected. Thanks for setting me straight JD!


Ps that is a really cool looking pattern on your red foot!
 

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abclements said:
Hi Rob,

In the tortoise world, we call them different species not breeds. Not exactly sure why but that's just the correct way lol

They are called species because they are not the same species. A dog is a species, but all the different kinds of dogs are still the canine species, just different breeds of canine. But a different tortoise, even though it looks like a tortoise, is not the same species. So the species is, for example, geochelone (or testudo, etc.) but all tortoises are not geochelone (or testudo, etc.), like all dogs are 'canine.'
 

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N2TORTS said:
abclements said:
Hi Rob,

"They don't all marble like this (the white between the schutes) but cherryheads are the only red foot that shows marbling."



Well Mr. Drew…..not to cause a stir ….but there are other Redfoots who will show marbling ….not just Cherry Heads. This gal has yellow marbling.








But your right …generally you will in the Cherry Heads….



JD~:shy:
JD, by any chance has that girl at the top been raised inside a lot? It seems that marbling-or that kind of white coloring- is more common when inside. I can show you that on my Hingebacks if you want pics. As soon as they get outside they lose that white 'gap' between the scutes.
 

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Mr. Drew .. it's all good buddy ....I don't spell nor write well myself, especially trying to word my thoughts...:)
Just didn't want to mis -lead any new comers into the hobby.
Plus my friend your response was very professional and courteous. By no means do I know everything ...I learn from you and each and every person in here. The very neat thing about this forum .."bringing in experience from around the world"
" Happy Tort~N"

JD~:shy:


Flint ...like the Hypo's the marbling actually darkens up when animals are kept outside. This is just my experience with my animals and various coloring within them . She is kept outside (during the day) and retreats to the "hut" like the other torts at night.
 

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Interesting, so you share the same observations as me? Maybe this is how you get the 'high-white' leopards that do not pass their colors on to the next generation, and as you said, as they get older and have more time outside they lose the 'whiteness'. Artificial color creation effectively. I wonder what would happen if you kept a number of generations inside, could you have a permanent change in the color? Just thinking of artificial snake morphs.
Btw, sorry for gatecrashing the thread.
 

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Re: RE: What other breeds does everyone have

N2TORTS said:
Mr. Drew .. it's all good buddy ....I don't spell nor write well myself, especially trying to word my thoughts...:)
Just didn't want to mis -lead any new comers into the hobby.
Plus my friend your response was very professional and courteous. By no means do I know everything ...I learn from you and each and every person in here. The very neat thing about this forum .."bringing in experience from around the world"
" Happy Tort~N"

JD~:shy:

Thank you for the kind words JD. And I totally get setting the record straight! I always question what I type on this forum because I want it to be as professional and accurate (to my personal experiences) as possible. If it's not I completely expect somebody to come along and fix my mistake lol You were critical in getting my Franklin to where she is today, whether you knew it or not. As you said, we are all learning constantly on here and I always appreciate yours and everybody's constructive criticism when I make mistakes! :)
 

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