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Who shares your tortoise enclosure with your tortoise?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by bioteach, May 19, 2019.

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  1. bioteach

    bioteach New Member 5 Year Member

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    Our Desert Tortoise (Sunshine) had an unexpected visitor. When I entered her enclosure to offer her some Hibiscus blossoms that were out of her reach, there was a baby rabbit in her burrow! It was hilarious watching me chasing the rabbit out, and we are working on a better gate. The rabbit squeezed into Sunshine's space through a gap no larger than two inches. Do Desert Tortoises share burrows with other animals in the wild?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Yes they do in the wild, but it should be avoided in our captive environments when possible. In the desert, many animals will seek refuge in the tortoise burrows to escape hot or cold temperature extremes. You can probably find pics of rattlesnakes sitting next to a burrowed tortoise.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    In the desert or is it dessert? Either way a DT burrow is highly desirable property ( beach house in Malibu desireable) so many ctitters squat in them.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I learned an easy way to remember if its desert or dessert
    With dessert you wouldnt mind having to. So dessert has the two SS.
    Desert, the land, has one S.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    My leopards have rabbits in their yard all the time. The rabbits never enter their indoor area though.
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    Desert tortoises are called a keystone species because so many desert animals depend on there burrows for a place to hide but yes as said above I would do my best to avoid it in captivity.
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    Talking about sharing space...well, sometimes I suppose slugs and snails find their way into my tortoise enclosure, but I never find any, so I guess their last thought must have been "wrong turn"!
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