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Redfoot yearling or Russian Hatchling?

Discussion in 'Debatable Topics' started by MonaSydly, Oct 8, 2012.

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Which is best for first timer?

Poll closed Oct 11, 2012.
  1. Russian Hatchling

    2 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. Redfoot Yearling

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    33.3%
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  1. MonaSydly

    MonaSydly New Member

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    Hi again! I am still deciding which idea to present to my dad, and I don't know which tortoise breed would work better for me.
    I live in Nebraska, and this would be my first tortoise.

    I have two different options that would be best for me right now.
    Shelly Jones, with the Russian hatchling, or
    Turtle Inc. with the Redfoot yearling.

    I was just curious to see the opinions on which I should get, since they are pretty different species. Any feedback is appreciated!
  2. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    If your trying to convince your dad into letting you have one. Then I would say the Russian. They stay smaller and if healthy, you can let them hibernate/brumate during the colder months, less cost then heating and feeding all year. Might be the convincing factor to your dad. That said, they don't have to hibernate. So, after you got it, just say oops, to your dad, can't hibernate this year, s/he feeling a little under the weather:D (if you get my gist)
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    BTW the voting part of this isn't working. A bug in the forum, not what you did. So I voted Russian.
  3. cristal redfoot

    cristal redfoot New Member

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    I say russian too because they are easier to maintain and have less costs than redfoots.
  4. mattgrizzlybear

    mattgrizzlybear Active Member

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    Russians make good torts and I say get one. I like redfoots though because they are beautiful and very active. It's your choose though
  5. DrewsLife727

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    I say get the russian :D
  6. Eweezyfosheezy

    Eweezyfosheezy Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I would go with the russian hatchling, but have you looked into any other testudo species?
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    jtrux Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Redfoots get pretty good size if you're planning on housing it inside for most of the year, I agree with everyone else, either a Russian or like Eweezyfosheezy said, another member of the Testudo genus.
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    MonaSydly New Member

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    Not really, I thought about maybe a Hermann's, but I couldn't find any semi-local breeders. I tried bringing up the topic of getting a tort offline with my dad but well....let's just say he wasn't too openminded about it. :/
  9. TortoiseBoy1999

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    My parents liked the idea of me getting a tortoise that was easy to maintain, friendly and stays relatively small.
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    MonaSydly New Member

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    Would you know of any other testudo species breeders in Nebraska? I'm open to almost all med. to small sized breeds.
  11. Eweezyfosheezy

    Eweezyfosheezy Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I dont know anyone in Nebraska breeding testudo. Does it have to be a local deal or can the tortoise be shipped to you?
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    MonaSydly New Member

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    My dad's a little crazy about the shipping thing, so I'd really rather have it semi-local.
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    Personally I'd say the Russian, but I would also look into maybe a Greek tortoise. There are plenty of people on this Forum who breed torts, and I'm sure there is someone not too far from you that breeds Greeks.
  14. RosieRedfoot

    RosieRedfoot Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Since you're somewhere cooler I'd say the russian. Personally I like my redfoot's personality better than most russians I've met though!
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