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New Addition of the Scaly Type

I finally got me a Tortoise, and oh my goodness she is adorable!

I have wanted a Tortoise since I was little, and so this is totally surreal, I'm completely in love!

Here is Morla!








And her enclosure! I will be adding slate tiles and plants and such soon!



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Congratulations Kayla! Her set up looks a little different to the ones I've seen before, could you tell me more about it? I've got a long way to go yet regarding reptile rooms and things but once everything is sorted then I've got to get myself one. I've wanted one for a long time too but I ended up with turtles instead Five of the bleedin' things! Oh, and do the cherry heads get quite big or do they stay small?

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Thanks! I set her up in a tub since she's still small but once she starts getting bigger I'll be wanting to make her a big tortoise table or enclosure and then also an enclosure outside for the summer time!
In her enclosure I currently have soil which is damp but not wet (don't want shell rot), hides, moss, food and water dishes, and then the heat lamp and UVA/B light. I'm going to be adding slate tile to the hot end of the enclosure for her to bask on, as well as eventually I want to put real plants in there for her. Also some rocks and stuff!
Cherry Heads get to be about 12"-14" or so. They aren't super large Tortoises but they get to be a good size.

Here is a photo of what I believe to be an adult! Adult Cherry Headed Tortoise

You should get a Tortoise, they are so awesome! I can't wait to be able to bring her outside in the yard once it's warm again ^_^ She is so adorable and hilarious to watch eat, ha.



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Ooo okay they're not too big then. I really want a leopard tortoise but I don't know if I could provide a large enough enclosure so I'm probably going to stick to some of the smaller more readily available species. I will get one eventually though but I've got a list as long as my arm of what I'd like to keep and with either a large monitor or a black and white tegu on that list it's going to be a while

Do cherry heads require more moist ground then? The tortoises I've seen have always been kept on beech chips and things? Maybe shops and stuff that I've seen haven't been keeping them right Wouldn't surprise me!

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Yeah, makes sense, ha. Gotta have room for all of thsoe guys!

And yes, Cherry Heads are forest Tortoises, they need super high humidity (like 90%).



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I'm hoping my first vivarium stack will be happening by March, fingers crossed! It's going to be 5 high, all 4 foot by 1.5 foot by 1.5 foot. It's for Frank (corn), Theodore (royal), Hershel (beardie), Saul (leo) and Joe (BTS). I owe it to my current animals to give them the enclosures they deserve I'm hoping to get Hendrix into a 6 x 2 x 2. My two sand boas and two youngster common boas will have to stay in tubs. Sand boas cause a vivarium is so impractical for them and the commons so they feed. They're buggers for stopping eating! Phew. Then I've got to go from there. If we do get a tortoise I'd probably have them somewhere more visual in the house as from what I've seen from my other chelonians they sure do like to see what's going on!

I thought they might be! I was going to say most like it dry right?

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That sounds awesome! That was actually my next plan. Since I believe my reptile family is quite finished (for now) I am going to concentrate getting them all in permanent display enclosures! I just have to figure out how to organize and fit them all in a small space so that Mike doesn't get mad that tanks are taking over the whole house, ha.
I was actually thinking about purchasing a stack enclosure for my guys which a local business makes!

Go here and check out this guy's enclosure! His stuff is great quality and really clean and nice looking! Cornel's World



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Oh wow I love them in black I'm having all of mine in the vivexotic reptihome ones. One company in the UK basically sticks them all together really cheap. Frank is in one at the moment so he's all good! I made his set up super naturalistic too with branches, moss, cork bark etc. and he LOVES it. He still stays hidden most of the time but when he's out it's amazing to show it off I don't blame you though. Are you not going to be breeding then? Jack is quite into reptiles and he's owned them most of his life so he's trying to push me to that side of things I'd like to start with some morphs of leos, corns and hognose I think and I would KILL to breed AFT!!! They're so uncommon here and I don't understand why. I think they're just as gorgeous as the leos! But yeah thinking of sticking to some smaller snake species and gecko species and then having the rest as my companions. Obviously I don't have any high end morphs at the moment to breed so my guys will get to live it large That would be so cool though if you could do some nifty stacks. You could have a mix of terrestrial and arboreal to house everybody

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She is beautiful! I LOVE the detail on her shell, all those layers of lines are just stunning! congrats on your new addition. "I finally got me a tortoise" made me really laugh out loud haha
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Oh wow I love them in black I'm having all of mine in the vivexotic reptihome ones. One company in the UK basically sticks them all together really cheap. Frank is in one at the moment so he's all good! I made his set up super naturalistic too with branches, moss, cork bark etc. and he LOVES it. He still stays hidden most of the time but when he's out it's amazing to show it off I don't blame you though. Are you not going to be breeding then? Jack is quite into reptiles and he's owned them most of his life so he's trying to push me to that side of things I'd like to start with some morphs of leos, corns and hognose I think and I would KILL to breed AFT!!! They're so uncommon here and I don't understand why. I think they're just as gorgeous as the leos! But yeah thinking of sticking to some smaller snake species and gecko species and then having the rest as my companions. Obviously I don't have any high end morphs at the moment to breed so my guys will get to live it large That would be so cool though if you could do some nifty stacks. You could have a mix of terrestrial and arboreal to house everybody
I know, right? I absolutely love his enclosures! I was also wanting to get a huge 90 gallon display enclosure (wooden) on a stand for my Beardie from him! They are expensive though, of course, being hand-made and all.
And I am going to eventually breed Kenyan Sand Boas, and I want to breed Geckos still but I really want to get some Eublepharis Hardwickii to breed those!
Right now I only have one arboreal gecko so I think she'll just stay in her Exo-terra, ha. If I end up breeding Cresties or other arboreals I'll definitely be doing that though!
Can't wait to get the enclosures though, they'll look awesome!

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She is beautiful! I LOVE the detail on her shell, all those layers of lines are just stunning! congrats on your new addition. "I finally got me a tortoise" made me really laugh out loud haha
Thank you, I think so too.
And ha, yes! I have been wanting one my whole life, so it's super exciting!



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You absolutely MUST post photos when you do

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Oh, I most definitely will, lol.



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