Russian Tortoise (T. horsfieldi)
|Typical Patterned||High Yellow|
The Russian Tortoise
has been in the pet trade for many years but only recently have concerted efforts been
captive breed them in any numbers. They
are probably the hardiest of the tortoises and are moderately sized (5" to 6"
for most males and 8" to occasionally 10" for larger females. These traits plus a very tolerant, friendly personality
arguably make them the best beginner species for those looking to work with tortoises. They are very non-aggressive towards people and we've never had one offer to
bite. They are not generally head shy and will readily accept gentle
head rubs. They quickly associate their owners with "bringers of
food" and often come running when they see you approach, in hopes of
gaining a snack. They require a modest sized cage (40 gallon
tank size) kept moderately warm and dry to be happy and healthy. Their
general care is the same as that found on our
page. The exception is that they are much more cold tolerant than any other
tortoise species we work with. In fact in order to bred them,
you need to hibernate them at temperatures below 60F. This is the only tortoise
species we keep that we allow to get that cold.
Our First Russian Laying
Our First Russian Egg
|Near Yearling Hatchling||New Hatchling|
We let our breeding group go in early 2012 to help fund the purchase of some exceptional juvenile Indian Star tortoises to help that project get better established. We will slowly build back up a small group of select individuals as we come across them. We buy moderate sized groups of 4" Russians each spring to acclimate for our customers and we'll pull a few form those as the opportunity arises.
Our current girls are still a year or so out from reaching breeding size but usually have access to hatchlings from affiliated breeders for our customers. They sell out fast, so you may wish to get on our "Wanted" list ahead of time. We also usually have well acclimated imported adolescent (4") wild -collected specimens available year round for resale. If you're looking for a good quality well established Russian for a pet or future breeder, please let us know.
We ship based on the prevailing weather patterns between us and you. Usually we can ship most weeks, but when large storms/severe heat/cold are forecasted, we prefer to hold off. Please see "Deer Fern Farms Ordering / Prices" for ordering information.
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