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Mixing species

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by Yvonne G, Apr 9, 2016.

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  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    We've talked about this a lot here on the Forum. I thought it would be beneficial to post a link to an article that comes from the Tortoise Trust web site:


    http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/mixing.htm
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Great article. Succinct.
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    Merrick Well-Known Member

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    Good thing to share on this forum seems like somebody always is asking a question about mixing
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    Excellent article that covered key points we as tortoise keepers have discussed in previous posts:)
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    Smashing article and excellent to paste for people.
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    Thanks for sharing the article.
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    Yvonne thank you for sharing this article
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    Really a nice article.
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    It's a very good and very important article! When I saw the title I thought not of co-existence so much as breeding hybrids, which can happen when species are mixed, right?
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    I don't like it. There are species whose ranges overlap in the wild. In the right setting, they could thrive together in captivity.
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    Think it's rubbish myself and doesn't hold up.
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    Well Crap! I have to agree with Brian. Dang it!!
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    BrianWI Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Let's just start with eastern box turtles and three toed boxies. Will they not thrive together? Would you not keep a red eared slider with a painted turtle? When rules are absolute, they are usually wrong.
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    I have heard and kind of tend to agree, on knee jerk, that mixing species is wrong, but am not sure why.

    Isn't that partly how species have evolved and new species formed? Note I said "partly".

    Of course, I don't think that a particular location specific species should be mixed with a different one from a different natural location.

    Really an interesting subject. And really, I have no idea.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    the theory of evolution is basically when an animal has a new adaptation that allows them to survove better than the previous versions. Mixing species are not
    evolutionary Advantage as far as I know and I'm not a scientist. Though I do play one on TV
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    I always look at forums discussing this subject. When I became a first time tort owner, I was so excited about my new addition. I really thought Soso must be "lonely" being by herself and always eating or sleeping....How's that for an unknowledgeable Russian Tort owner for ya?! I'm very glad I did a lot of research, talked to vets, and had posts like this to guide me in my decision NOT to try it. Two years later, my Russian (named Soso) and I, are much more knowledgeable about her kind, and have learned that she prefers only my company....maybe not by choice :)
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    Guess I am doing things wrong by mixing them

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    I think in some cases you should not mix them. But some species by chance would overlap in the wild anyways. So in my opinion it is not cut and dry. I have 2 small aldabras that have 0 contact with the Leopards or Sulcatas. Those 2 would never meet in the wild. Seems a lot of people are against it in every case. But life is not black and white.
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    I'm pretty sure the philly zoo keeps Galapagos and Aldabra together
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