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Housing different types of tortoise
Posted: 07/02/2010 by Katie

I have hermans and would love a red foot. I know they need to be housed separately and have different requirements. How close can they be housed? Would different enclosures in the same room be ok?



Re: Housing different types of tortoise
Posted: 10/02/2010 by TPGDave

Hi Katie,

It is possible, you just need to ensure a good cleanliness routine. If you clean out, feed or handle one species, its always advisable to wash your hands using an antibacterial soap before going near the other. Med tortoises and South American tortoises have different immune systems, desgined to protect them from differennt diseases. Most tortoise diseases are transmitted by contact, either direct or second hand rather than being airbourne. It goes without saying that you should never transfer tortoise food between groups.


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