5 Year Member
- May 21, 2015
I have been looking into getting a male Russian tortoise for a while now. I was originally going to adopt one, so I have the enclosure all set up and ready to go, but the place I was originally going to adopt from ended up not having one available, and I haven't been able to find any other rescue places with a Russian available. So I've been looking around at websites to purchase one (since there aren't any stores or anything near me), but I'm not sure which ones are most reputable and are decently priced. I've looked into a few places (LLLReptiles, Reptiles by Mack, and Arizona Tortoise Compound) and they all seem to be wild caught rather than captive bred. So I guess my first question is, should I only buy captive bred? I've read things saying the wild caught trade is bad and they are more difficult to keep healthy over a captive bred one, but seeing as a lot of places only have wild caught, is it worth it? And, as the title states, where is the best place to buy? Which websites are the most reputable in terms of health, customer service, price etc and what would you recommend? As a side note, this is my first tortoise.