yes I have a russian turtoise, what other turtles or anything else can I house with it

It's NEVER advised to house reptiles with other species of reptiles.  Russian tortoises require a great deal of floor space for their size, and their dietary and temperature needs are uncommon among reptiles.

Here is a good care sheet for the species:

Diet is particularly important for these tortoises - incorrect types of greens will lead to ill health.

It's recommended that, whenever remotely possible, tortoises spend time in outdoor pens during the summer months.  Real sunlight and grazing does wonders for them.  Be sure outdoor pens have chicken wire or mesh over the top, as birds of prey will eat tortoises.  You can find instructions on constructing proper pens for this species in a number of places online.

Tortoises, being remarkably long-lived animals, are quite a responsibility - you can be assured that money you spend in setting them up properly will be well-spent, as they'll need daily care for a very, very long time.


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Donna Fernstrom


My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.


I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

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I have many care sheets published on my own website.

High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

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