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Russian Tortoise Tortoise Russian Baltimore, MD
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Male Russian tortoises stay relatively small, about 6" full grown, but they still need at least eight square feet of space. They are vegetarians eating cactus pads, grass, edible weeds and flowers, store-bought greens, and occasionally Mazuri tortoise pellets.
Please note, the tortoises in the pictures are NOT the one currently for adoption, but they are representative of most male Russians.
MATTS gets about a dozen Russian tortoises a year for adoption, most of them male, but we do get an occasional female. Tortoises DO NOT need a "friend" to be happy. In fact, in most captive situations, males fight other males and harass lone females to the point of illness. The only time that Russians should be kept with others is if you have a LARGE outdoor enclosure with at least three Russians and several hide spots and visual barriers. Males still may not be able to be kept together due to thier aggressive nature with other tortoises.
If you'd like to be put on a waiting list for a Russian, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include your CITY and STATE in the email. Please remember that MATTS is in Maryland and we can't always ship.
Visit www.russiantortoise.org to learn more about keeping Russians and to see if one is for you. A good Facebook group for Russians is https://www.facebook.com/groups/russiantortoiseowners/?fref=nf
I am an adult male Russian tortoise for adoption in the Baltimore area. I was purchased from a chain pet store, but after a few years my family didn't have time for me any more. Russians do best with a backyard enclosure, screened-in to keep out raccoons and other predators. An indoor enclosure, a.k.a. "tortoise table", needs to be at least 8 square feet - Russians can make a lot of noise if we don't have room to roam and dig in mulch or a mixture of plain top soil and/or sphagnum peat moss and/or play sand. NEVER keep a tortoise on just sand. We can hibernate outdoors in PA & MD or be kept indoors in the winter, but I have to be indoors this winter because I've been an indoor pet the last few years and I'm not acclimated to being outside again.Russians only get about 6-10 inches long, but we need a larger enclosure than most people realize, and we love to dig. We are vegitarians, eating a wide varieties of edible weeds, grasses, cactus, greens, and other vegetables. Russian tortoises SHOULD NOT have fruit or animal protein.
Request an adoption application from email@example.com Pleae include your CITY AND STATE and in which animal your interested when sending an e-mail.
Adopters must explain how they will house and care for a Russian tortoise in an adoption application. There is a $20 adoption fee for Russian tortoises.
We do not have a shelter. All animals are in foster homes, so we meet adopters in central public areas such as Baltimore andTimonium, MD, and York, PA. PLEASE HELP OTHER Russian tortoises by spreading the word - most of us in pet stores (even the big pet stores) or for sale from "dealers" are wild-caught imports.
Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS accepts tax-deductable donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203, and via PayPal at https://www.matts-turtles.org/support.html
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