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PostSubject: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:54 pm

We are trying to find a tortoise either redfoot or cherry head...any suggestions or advise will be appreciated...
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PostSubject: Re: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:20 am

I've worked with and produced this species extensively in the past, and will say they are a great tortoise to work with, one of the easiest to keep, breed quite easily, and are very prolific. If you want some truly exceptional stock try to get hold of Joe Terry down in Florida. His animals are truly outstanding, very colorful, and tend to be on the smaller size when full grown.
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PostSubject: Re: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:08 am

thank you sooooo much for the tip...i've also contacted a company "underground reptiles" and am hoping they can help out. We had a horrible experience with a dude out in las vegas who sent one so heated that it "cooked" before it got here & the replacement lived about a month before it died...Not Good...We've had previous experience with reps and know this wasn't cool at all... so very much appreciated and a much happier experience to come thanks to you!
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PostSubject: Re: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:42 am

check fauna classifieds
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PostSubject: Re: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:08 pm

Raynva77 wrote:
check fauna classifieds

While Fauna and Kingsnake can be a great place to find animals, make sure you use a bit of caution. Many sellers are simply brokers, pet shops, etc.. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the animals are often housed with different species or are not screened for illness before being sold.
The reason this is so important with tortoises is Mycoplasma. Unfortunately, it has become a relatively widespread problem in the hobby and is, what I consider, a "dirty little secret". While it won't kill the animal if properly addressed and treated, it will cause chronic bouts of runny nose, general deconditioning, and require a prolonged treatment course each time it flares up. For this reason the very first question I'd ask from a seller is if the animal has ever experienced symptoms of a "cold". While they may or may not answer your question honestly, at least you are taking a pro active step in trying to avoid this problem.
This is why I encourage purchasing direct from the breeder if at all possible.
Again, best of luck in your search!


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PostSubject: Re: redfoot or cherry-head tortoise...   Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:22 pm

wow...these poor little guys - what a start to a long life...thanks sooo mcuh for all your help; it's encouraging & it's a long wait for the reptile show in March in Richmond! Best to you and all your critters for a wonderful christmas season.
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