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What species this is?

Discussion in 'Greek tortoises' started by tortdadruh, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. tortdadruh

    tortdadruh New Member

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    Hi,

    Need a little help in identifying this tortoise species. We were looking at a tortoise in a pet shop but the shop keeper was not able to tell us what kind of tortoise this was.

    We need to know to estimate how big the tortoise will grow and what to feed it if we buy it.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Bambam1989 Well-Known Member

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    I am not an expert but I believe it is a Hermanns.
    I would be cautious buying a baby tort from a petstore. Especially when it does not know what kind of tort it is selling.
    If this tort was started to dry it kept in dry conditions for to long it could have "hatchling failure syndrome" later on.
    Take a picture of the enclosure that it is being kept in.
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Can you post a picture of the underside, including the tail, of your tortoise please?
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  4. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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  5. tortdadruh

    tortdadruh New Member

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    Thanks for the input. We did not see the enclosure. The staff picked it from some other place and brought it in a carrier for us to see.

    How do I check if it has been kept in dry conditions too long ?

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    tortdadruh New Member

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    Shows how much I know! We took only the top side. Will go back to the pet store this weekend and look.

    I am just worried that it might be a sulcata and become a 45KG behemoth.

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    its bad to get a tortoise from a pet store there mostly always sick or get sick because theres wild caught and not captive born so there full of parasites it would be better to get a tortoise from tortoisesupply.com I have seen lots of good reviews from people that have gotten a pet from them I haven't personally bought one from them tho
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  9. JadaJadaJadsa

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    but then theres plenty of other sites you can order a healthy tortoise from just look around and read reviews from different sites be patent and dont rush because if you rush and get the pet shop tortoise its most likely going to die :(
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    tortdadruh New Member

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    Thanks for the note. Unfortunately, we live in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, so I would not want to try and get a tortoise shipped in. Might die in customs.

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    your welcome but it might not people sell tortoises online everywhere and if you order from the right place you get them healthy, alive and you usually get your tortoise the next day after ordering or the day after you never know also if u do get the one from the pet store make sure to take it to the vet so he or she can tell you if theres anything wrong with it and what you can do to help it get better if possible
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    It's not a sulcata.
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  13. Yvonne G

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    No, not a sulcata. It's one of the Testudo species, like shown in that link I gave you.
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    This is definitely not a sulcata. Its one of the testudo, probably a greek tortoise, like what Yvonne said.

    You can't tell just by looking how this tortoise has been raised. You'll have to ask. It should be on damp substrate, not dry. It should have been getting soaked daily, or at least several times a week. If they say once a week, or never, I wouldn't buy it. Also look at what they've been feeding it. Lettuce? Don't buy. An assortment of weeds and leafy greens? Probably okay then.

    Read through these for some more tips. The care sheet says russian tortoises, but care is the same:
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
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    100% a Greek tortoise, looks to be T. g. terrestris but possibly could be T. g. ibera. Need more photos though to determine.
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    Thanks very much. I will try to get more photos if possible.
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