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RE: Greek & Russian in the same enclosure

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Posted by: VICtort at Tue May 27 01:02:40 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by VICtort ]  
   

Dear Taylor,

I wouldn't mix them...horsefieldi are "ornery", males especially, and they may/will mount, bite and harass your relatively peaceful graeca. Further, wild import Russians are notorious for carrying diseases/viruses. Herpes infections are common I am told, and if you ever see it, you won't forget it, it is really damaging. Both are great animals and I enjoy them, but keep them separate. As a broad generalization (some exceptions...), many keepers think it is easier and less risky to keep species separate...some can be mixed, but it is risky, and the two you mentioned I think a bad mix, Russians are just too full of "piss and vinegar"... Also, one tortoise may be resistant to a disease but be a carrier and the other type is vulnerable...why risk it? You will feel blue if it goes bad...good luck with your decision. vic h.


   

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