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Abdullah Ismail - 2007-09-12
These tortoises are great! they are good handling, especially when acquired young. mine is very tame and she is nicknamed athene. she has a carapace of 2.5 inches. i keep her on my table while studying and she wanders on the table. these are best pets for beginners.

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Travis Reed - 2007-09-09
Also note that red-footed tortoses LOVE humidity. If your tortoise is kept inside or in an outside enclosure in an area with low humidity you must provide them humidity. If you can't provide a smoke machine/mister or frequent sprinklers, I have found it effective to turn a plastic container such as a trash can on its side, bury it a couple inches in the ground, and fill it up with mulch. Keeping the mulch wet all the time allows for a good humidified area that your tortoise can crawl into and regulate his own humidity. Enjoy your red-foot and take good care of him/her!

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Burnworth - 2007-08-01
My husband and I enjoy Bruce Lee at night. He climbs on my husbands shoulder like a cat. He has an awesome personality and has a better pad then we do.

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Vera - 2007-06-10
Our Aphrodite (female Golden Greek) came from an online breeder. She arrived in the U.S. mail about 3 1/2 years ago, which was quite a treat! She is estimated to be about 8 or 9 years old now. She was as big as a dollar bill when we got her, but has grown at least 50% since then. A year ago, I took her to a vet who specialized (and owns) tortoises. My girl had an old injury which had encapsulated; it was a hard round spot between her head and front foot which the vet deftly popped out. No blood or guts, as it had completely healed underneath. He figured it was a scratch that got infected. The turtle wagged her head back and forth as he examined her, which he said was an escape instinct. He got the hard spot out, but not before she bit him, and hard. She has never shown any aggression to us then or since, and is quite friendly. She was raised by hand and this, I believe, makes a huge difference.

She is very healthy otherwise, according to the vet. I don't spoil her, she gets romaine lettuce and dandelions from the lawn, occasional rose petals and some cucumber slices. I might give her some fruit, which she loves, or broccoli, but not frequently as it is not good for these tortoises. She does not want to drink water at all, she must be getting her moisture from the food. In spring until fall, she lived in a planter on the side of the house, indoors at night in a terrarium during winter or if the temperature drops too much (we live near the desert). Today I just moved her into a kiddie pool with low-dust clay kitty litter for a substrate, and a clay pot to hide in. She is curious but seems happy enough and it has given her more room. I have covered the pool with chicken wire, as we have owls and coyotes and I would be devastated if something happens to her. I am going to add some hay for a hiding place and a potted plant or two for shade.

All in all, we enjoy having her, she is an interesting pet and not troublesome at all to maintain. We even take her for car rides to our lakeside property. She rides in a shoebox and sticks her head out of one end, where there's a hole cut out. It's quite comical. I would highly recommend these tortoises as pets, as long as people educate themselves ahead of time. They are little escape artists, so a secure enclosure is a must.

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Jonah Bader: Owner and Main breeder of JB Herps - 2007-06-03
I have a male "Golden" Greek (I plan to get 1 or 2 females in august). He is so outgoing and personable but he does have his shy days. When i first got him he was very shy and to kept to himself because he was in an aquarium (I was uneducated). But now since he has lived outside (2 years so far, I have had him for 3) he has perked up and walks over to me for food and love. Even when I don't have food he rushes over to greet me. He is/was my first tortoise. I rescued a cherry head redfoot 4 months later but we had to overcome some health issues (being wildcaught), so I would definitely (if you are a beginner) consider a different species. All I can say is to: RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH!

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Julie Krebs - 2007-05-17
We have two Testudo Graeca (male & female) and keep them in an outside enclosure (we live in a desert climate). The male one is much smaller than the female, and is extremely shy. Whereas the female enjoys our company. I love that they will be my childrens' "lifelong pets"! We're all very happy with them!

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B.Hayes - 2007-05-15
These tortoises are so loving but they do require a lot of care but it is worth it! My tortioise actually ran kinda fast for a tortoise but she was amazing!

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violet - 2007-01-31
my red foot is 5 mo. and it's smart as a whip (but it trys to walk off the couch)and loves to explore.

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Ben HoustonTx - 2006-11-01
We have been raising a female yellow foot for about 15 years, was about ten years old when we received her. Has been a great experience. She lives outdoors year round except few very cold times(below 25 degrees F.) She has a house with a radiant heater and moves back and forth as needed to stay warm. Loves watermelon. Never been sick. Good pet for the South.

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George - 2006-09-16
Hi all, I acquired my baby sulcata about 1 month ago. He was hatched about 2 months ago. Just last week I acquired a baby leopard tortoise which hatched about 1 month ago. I have a 4ft X 4ft tortoise table whcih is split in half to house one of each baby on each side. But I have urges to lift the plywood in the middle to see how they get along. I will do more research on this if it is at all possible during their first year. I know that as adults this won't be possible because of their size & aggression differences. Take care and take good care of your lovely torts.

George - NY

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