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Who shares your tortoise enclosure with your tortoise?

bioteach

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Our Desert Tortoise (Sunshine) had an unexpected visitor. When I entered her enclosure to offer her some Hibiscus blossoms that were out of her reach, there was a baby rabbit in her burrow! It was hilarious watching me chasing the rabbit out, and we are working on a better gate. The rabbit squeezed into Sunshine's space through a gap no larger than two inches. Do Desert Tortoises share burrows with other animals in the wild?
 

Tom

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Yes they do in the wild, but it should be avoided in our captive environments when possible. In the desert, many animals will seek refuge in the tortoise burrows to escape hot or cold temperature extremes. You can probably find pics of rattlesnakes sitting next to a burrowed tortoise.
 

dmmj

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In the desert or is it dessert? Either way a DT burrow is highly desirable property ( beach house in Malibu desireable) so many ctitters squat in them.
 

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In the desert or is it desset? Either way a DT burrow is highly desirable property ( beach house in Malibu desireable) so many ctitters squat in them.
I learned an easy way to remember if its desert or dessert
With dessert you wouldnt mind having to. So dessert has the two SS.
Desert, the land, has one S.
 

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Talking about sharing space...well, sometimes I suppose slugs and snails find their way into my tortoise enclosure, but I never find any, so I guess their last thought must have been "wrong turn"!
 

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My Pixie adopted a baby bunny too. It s so sweet to see them sleeping together and I swear she saves food for her baby bunny. I figured it was because she had babies of her own before and her mothering instincts are taking care of this poor little bunny
 

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One of Harrison’s favorite hiding spots is an old rabbit nest. IMG_5731.jpg
 

ascott

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Our Desert Tortoise (Sunshine) had an unexpected visitor. When I entered her enclosure to offer her some Hibiscus blossoms that were out of her reach, there was a baby rabbit in her burrow! It was hilarious watching me chasing the rabbit out, and we are working on a better gate. The rabbit squeezed into Sunshine's space through a gap no larger than two inches. Do Desert Tortoises share burrows with other animals in the wild?
Rabbit, snakes, lizards, black widows, scorpions and misc critters all will reside with your CDT. It is natural, it is harmless to the tortoise. I would and do always suggest humans never reach into a burrow, without first clearing for any critters dangerous to us, before retrieving or cleaning the burrow or the burrow apron....but there is no reason to worry. Just be certain that the tortoise is the first to dinner table when presenting food. There is tall tale signs of what is eating the food, tortoise or rabbit :)
 

wccmog10

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Reminded me of this cool picture.
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That is a great picture/pamphlet. Thanks for sharing.

I just had a thought- I wonder if anything bigger uses the burrows up here in Georgia. In Georgia the tortoises are a good bit bigger. Your flyer there lists tortoises as weighing 7-9 lbs. here in Georgia I’ve caught several that are 15-20 lbs (it was for research- so we actually weighed them, that is not a guess).

But I digress.

In my outdoor tortoise pens I mostly get small tree frogs in the water bowls. Usually squirrel tree frogs. Last winter I had a small anole lizard get into my reptile building, he lived with the tortoise most of the winter.
 

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I get rabbits and rats in Koops enclosure on going fight to keep rats clear. They do steal koops food and hide it under things!! Can only use certain traps around the property because of our other animals.
 

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Funny thing about our rabbits though, they would rather eat and rip up the Bermuda grass lawn in the enclosure than eat Koops squash, or the carrots and celery I put out to bait them... Desert rabbits.... odd
 

ZEROPILOT

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I get rabbits and rats in Koops enclosure on going fight to keep rats clear. They do steal koops food and hide it under things!! Can only use certain traps around the property because of our other animals.
I've trapped rats in my Redfoot enclosure but had to stop because the Redfoot would EAT THE RATS....And some of the trap if it fell into the pen
Nasty stuff
 
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