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Posted: 15/02/2010 by jack

hi all

i have two horsefields an would like to get another would it be ok to put them together ??????


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Posted: 15/02/2010 by tortoise7

Hi Jack

How old are the torts you have?


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Posted: 15/02/2010 by jack


Re: Q
Posted: 16/02/2010 by tpgarlene

Hi Jack

It is certainly possible to have 3 tortoises living together, but there are some things you would need to consider carefully before you went ahead.

1.  Do you have the room for 3 tortoises - not so much of a consideration now maybe when they are small, but you also need to think about how you would accommodate 3 adult tortoises, both inside and out.  The tortoises will need eough space to be able to live and move around happily, not compete over restricted basking places, and also have areas where they can be on their own if they want to get away from the others.

2. Quarantine.  You would need to quarantine any new tortoise for a period of at least 6 months.  This would mean a complete second set up, including lights etc.

3. Russian tortoises are quite tricky to sex when they are young, and male russians can be quite agressive.  If you end up with 3 males they could fight, if you ended up with 2 males and a female, the males would harass the female endlessly.  In both cases you would need to be prepared to separate the tortoises to avoid subjecting them to this stress, again needing additional complete set ups.

Hope this helps,


Arlene TPG

Re: Q
Posted: 16/02/2010 by Clairestortoise

It's not as simply as adding another cat or dog to the family is it?! I have thought about giving Teddy a companion...I still cant decide lol


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