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Post by Norc on Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:01 pm

Hi. So i joined another forum. A reptile forum. Because i'm either bying a bunny or a tortois. I need to (s)mother something. Currently i am more into tortoise because you can bring them in flights without them getting a heart attack. Also, one of my roommates is allergic. So tortoise. But i need to build a terrarium (tortoise-table). A habitat. And i am seriously struggling as to what kind of bedding i should get, because accordning to the internet; everything is dangerous. 

any of you have experience with tortoises? or animals..?


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Post by Amarië on Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:23 pm

My cousin has a tortoise. Or a turtle. (There's a difference, but I can't recall what it is.)
I don't know anything about them.

I see you found the reptile forum, so I've got nothing more to add. Laughing

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Post by halfwise on Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:46 am

Turtles are semi aquatic, tortoises ain't. I can't imagine either one of them appreciating snow.

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Post by Norc on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:06 pm

people at the reptile forum won't answer my question. but i am getting one (or two!) and make an indoor garden for them. promise i'll tell ya'll about it.
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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:01 pm

People on the reptile forum are obviously cads and lowlifes. We'll take good care you here. Nod Tortoises are no different from anyone; they like potato crisps and snickers bars. But steer clear of the diet cola or you'll screw up their sugar cravings and they'll get fat.

I've just realized I have no idea what tortoise poop looks like. You'll have to report back.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:28 pm

As for bedding, just put in natural stuff like pebbles. They don't need bedding since they sleep inside hard shells anyway. I'm not sure you even have to put in something you can change like straw because tortoises don't poop. Obviously. I've never seen one do it so they can't possibly poop. Not like goats who poop at the drop of a hat like frickin' gumball machines.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:31 pm

Okay, so I'm wrong. But they do it very, very slowly.

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Post by Norc on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:32 pm

halfwise, all your advice is wrong on so many level. I can only assume you are trolling.
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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:37 pm

They need earmuffs for those cold Norwegian winters. Just trying to help.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:57 pm

Okay, so you've shamed me into actually being useful. You've probably found this already, but I found the drawing for "soak your tortoise once a week" to be particularly charming.

https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-a-Baby-Tortoise

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Post by Norc on Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:24 pm

that's waaaay too much water.. poor thing's gonna drown. the rest i kinda knew Smile
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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:45 pm

I liked the big red arrow indicating "push him down in here" while the tortoise was clearly flailing its legs around in alarm. Razz

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:33 pm

only cats and more cats cat and one or two husbands, but that's easy, its beer and football.

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Post by malickfan on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:02 pm

Hi Norc Wave

I had a pet hamster, then guinea pigs between the ages of 7(?)-13(?) which were kinda fun at the time, but proportionally a lot of work for such small animals, Tortoises are cool but not really my thing, though they certainly seem more interesting animals...

We have a dachshund/Jack Rusell cross, she turned 11 in July and is still going strong (and sleeping well Laughing ), always been a dog person, not a fan of cats.

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Post by malickfan on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:29 pm

I wonder if tortoises are as fast as turtles:


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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:51 pm

No.

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Post by bungobaggins on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:53 pm

My advice is: don't kill it.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Here ya go Norc, an alternate pet courtesy of Malick in the Whatever thread.


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Post by malickfan on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:31 pm

Someone photoshop on a top hat and monocle for that snail please.

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Post by malickfan on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:33 pm

You could get a nice cuddly tarantula instead Norc


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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:41 pm

When I worked at a summer camp in central texas I had a pet tarantula.  They are remarkably cool with being picked up and carried around,  but get annoyed when you keep trying to feed them for entertainment.  Thunking cockroaches against the head gets old I suppose.

When in West Africa I had a pet scorpion almost the size of my hand (this is a story I could stretch out for a long time, and I think did somewhere in these pages).  It would wake up at night and try to get out; its outstretched body with grasping claws would be silhouetted against the moonlight, giving me nightmares.  So I had to let him go.

These were both wild. I'm not sure 'pet' is really the right term. Captive is more correct. If let out these fellas weren't gonna bother finding their way home. I wouldn't do that these days.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:35 pm

That GIF of the turtle is so sped up!

What kind are you going to get Norc? A mega-huge tortoise? Or a little tortoise? I don't know anything much about tortoises, but I read that the Mediterranean Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca) is popular.



Don't tortoises live for a long time? It sounds like a large commitment. Edit: These ones live for over 125 years, and up to 200. Shocked

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Post by Bluebottle on Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:21 pm

malickfan wrote:You could get a nice cuddly tarantula instead Norc


Yikes! Someone I knew had that once. Sat in a cage behind the sofa, used to scare the living daylights out of people Razz

How 'bout a baby guinea pig?



They are quite independent, and as long as you give them salad, and some other essential stuff, and clean their cage every week they manage fine. Although, not as big on cuddling as they grow older as you might expect from a mammal. :/

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Post by halfwise on Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:27 pm

Don't get a guinea pig if you plan to keep one in your bedroom. They're nocturnal - they wake up at night and start rooting around and squeaking. And significant poopage, though that may be because the one we had was on the larger size. I say stick with the tortoise. Not cuddly, but won't be gnawing on things all night to keep it's teeth sharp.

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