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jamesterror Avatar
9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
Always wanted a pet that doesn't leave much of a mess and run off. I'm not lazy, just dogs tend to lick me a lot, cats poo everywhere, and hamsters and things like that are just pointless.

I'm thinking about getting two tortoise, obviously male and female, not me make more mini-tortoise. Is there anything I need to be careful about when getting them? And I do mean tortoise, not turtle as its illegal to have them as pets :)

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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#2
what do tortoise do that hamsters dont?
[mod]#3
[SIZE=2]Why a Tortoise?? They spend months hibernating, will be a tad dull. :o[/SIZE]
#4
I had a tortoise as a pet when I was about 4-5 years old. All I remember is that it loved eating dandelion leaves, but it needed a eye keeping on it because it often ended up upside down (I had a strange younger brother!).

Not making this next bit up - it ran away! My brother & I were in tears, looking up & down the street, the neighbours all came out to help look for it but we never found it.
#5
All I have in my head now is "Esio Trot, Esio Trot, teg reggib reggib...."
[mod]#6
kelly_o_fanatic
All I have in my head now is "Esio Trot, Esio Trot, teg reggib reggib...."


I remember that........Mr Roald Dahl. :-D
#7
I had a tortoise about 25yrs ago and my mum gave it away to my friend. When it hibernated my friends mum put it in a box and up on a shelf out on the way. The tortoise woke up and went for a stroll only to fall off the shelf and break its shell. It died. My advice would be to never store tortoises on shelves or ledges!!!!
#8
Syzable
I remember that........Mr Roald Dahl. :-D


Yup :) I had the book, but also the cassette - so I can quote large portions of that book from memory!

Roald Dahl - brilliant author!
#9
Excuse me, I have a hamster and love it to bits.


Tortoises, need a LOT of attention and looking after. Temperature, perfect set-up, vitamins, minerals, diet etc. Plus they will be expensive.

You shouldn't judge an animal, just because they have a reputation of being slow, does not mean they need care - they can be messy believe it or not.
#10
Deal4Me
Excuse me, I have a hamster and love it to bits.


Tortoises, need a LOT of attention and looking after. Temperature, perfect set-up, vitamins, minerals, diet etc. Plus they will be expensive.

You shouldn't judge an animal, just because they have a reputation of being slow, does not mean they need care - they can be messy believe it or not.



This is true. I always wanted a tortoise but when I looked into it they needed a lot of care.

I got my kids two Giant African Land Snails (Tiger and Gary, lol) last year and they are now huge, very very easy to care for and love being handled and bathed.
[mod]#11
fireheaven
This is true. I always wanted a tortoise but when I looked into it they needed a lot of care.

I got my kids two Giant African Land Snails (Tiger and Gary, lol) last year and they are now huge, very very easy to care for and love being handled and bathed.


With you??? :shock: :giggle:
#12
Syzable
With you??? :shock: :giggle:



Lol, no by the time they have got up the side of the bath the water is cold :-D
#13
I used to have a tortoise at my grandmas when I was a kid.
I also found a stray tortoise around the same time and kept that as a pet too.
#14
Deal4Me
Excuse me, I have a hamster and love it to bits.


Tortoises, need a LOT of attention and looking after. Temperature, perfect set-up, vitamins, minerals, diet etc. Plus they will be expensive.

You shouldn't judge an animal, just because they have a reputation of being slow, does not mean they need care - they can be messy believe it or not.


Hamsters... I'd rather have a tiger but I'd live in fear of being ate.

Yeh I know the down side is the do like to hibernate. I'll visit the pet shop, hate the smell, and see if they can give me any worth while information.


J
[mod]#15
I'd like a Tiger too.........damn nanny state goverment making it illegal to have one as a pet. :x

Though saying that..........i wouldn't want to change it's litter tray. :shock:
#16
Syzable


Though saying that..........i wouldn't want to change it's litter tray. :shock:


I seem to think that won't compare to an elephants litter tray :|
#17
Great pics

http://www.michaelstevenson.com/contemporary/exhibitions/hugo/images/nigeria6.jpg
#18
Turtle soup is ment to be nice :whistling:
#19
stora
Great pics

http://www.michaelstevenson.com/contemporary/exhibitions/hugo/images/nigeria6.jpg


You wouldn't mess with him.
#20
Guinea pigs are better IMO. Hamsters too small and not really very cuddly. I would get too bored with tortoise
#21
iglimpse
Guinea pigs are better IMO. Hamsters too small and not really very cuddly. I would get too bored with tortoise


Any pet which is kept inside a cage such as a hamsters are quite pointless, they usually end up fat and poo a lot. Or it just my mates who did that.. :?
#22
id love a tortoise - not cheap mind you -- did rocky balboa have tortoises or turtles?
jamesterror
Any pet which is kept inside a cage such as a hamsters are quite pointless, they usually end up fat and poo a lot. Or it just my mates who did that.. :?

Or die - yeh my hamster is pointless it sleeps when im awake is is awake when im asleep and thats annoying

Though i dont know what id do if it died -- get a new one -- i love hamsters and the best thing is when you get a new one you can find a really cool new cage
#23
dandoc2
id love a tortoise - not cheap mind you -- did rocky balboa have tortoises or turtles?

Or die - yeh my hamster is pointless it sleeps when im awake is is awake when im asleep and thats annoying

Though i dont know what id do if it died -- get a new one -- i love hamsters and the best thing is when you get a new one you can find a really cool new cage


My friends went green. I believe thats not right..
#24
jamesterror
My friends went green. I believe thats not right..

yeh but that happens when you pour paint on a hamster:santa:
#25
dandoc2
yeh but that happens when you pour paint on a hamster:santa:


i dont know what he did to it. I'm sure we fed it just green thingys, but there was spray paint in the garden of like many colours and his brother was very drunk a lot...
[mod]#26
jamesterror
Any pet which is kept inside a cage such as a hamsters are quite pointless, they usually end up fat and poo a lot. Or it just my mates who did that.. :?


Your mates live in cages. :shock:
#27
Maybe its just me but you don't exactly sound like your ready for the commitment of a pet.

'cats poo too much' I've owned, trained and showed cats and after the first month usually less of owning them I never have to deal with cat poo as they go outside and bury it theirselves.

'dogs lick too much' wtf. If you don't like being licked you train them not to lick, I would understand if you said something along lines of they cost too much in upkeep or they need to much exercise.

'I'll visit the pet shop, hate the smell' guess what, most pets you get won't be trained so unless you put the effort in your house will end up smelling like the shop. Many people own pets and keep them smell away but that takes work.

'Any pet which is kept inside a cage such as a hamsters are quite pointless, they usually end up fat and poo a lot' yet again, no pet should end up fat just because its kept in a cage, thats due to people over feeding them and not giving them enough exercise. Just because hamsters sleep in cages doesn't mean you shouldn't take them out daily to run around the room.

You might be best getting stick insects, but then again if I owned the shop I wouldn't trust you with them.
#28
Freddie Starr doesn't think hamsters are pointless!
#29
What about fish? Low maintenance and pretty! You can get a nice set up for £50 or so. I have a few small freshwater fish and they are really nice to have in the living room.

Don't give you much affection though, and they do have a habit of dying much more frequently than your average pet!
#30
pawsntails
You might be best getting stick insects, but then again if I owned the shop I wouldn't trust you with them.


Made me laugh :)

My comments were only silly, I use to have fish, they seemed to last forever. I only asked if there was any other information that was needed as well as what I will be told If I do decide to get a tortoise.
#31
pawsntails
Maybe its just me but you don't exactly sound like your ready for the commitment of a pet.

'cats poo too much' I've owned, trained and showed cats and after the first month usually less of owning them I never have to deal with cat poo as they go outside and bury it theirselves.

'dogs lick too much' wtf. If you don't like being licked you train them not to lick, I would understand if you said something along lines of they cost too much in upkeep or they need to much exercise.

'I'll visit the pet shop, hate the smell' guess what, most pets you get won't be trained so unless you put the effort in your house will end up smelling like the shop. Many people own pets and keep them smell away but that takes work.

'Any pet which is kept inside a cage such as a hamsters are quite pointless, they usually end up fat and poo a lot' yet again, no pet should end up fat just because its kept in a cage, thats due to people over feeding them and not giving them enough exercise. Just because hamsters sleep in cages doesn't mean you shouldn't take them out daily to run around the room.

You might be best getting stick insects, but then again if I owned the shop I wouldn't trust you with them.


Absolutely spot on, well done.


Tortoises are also kept in 'cages' you know?

Bottom line is you have to be committed to taking care, thats for any pet, but as you specifically ask for a tortoise, they need an extreme amount of care and attention.

Don't pre-judge that you don't need to look after it due to its reputation of being slow.
#32
Then sorry if you were only joking, but as an advisor and breeder for my dog breed you would be surprised at how many irresponsible people out there get pets on a whim.

What is it exactly you are looking for in a pet?

If you have some tick boxes of what qualities you want and what you really don't want, also how much time per day/week you can spend with them (this includes cleaning time) then I'm sure we could find a pet for you.

I used to keep fish (fresh water, koi, tropical and marine) and level of care for them depends on what you have. In our biggest tank we used to breed sharks and raise sting rays etc so as you can imagine that was a lot of work. However the goldfish just required a daily feed and a weekly clean.
#33
pawsntails
Then sorry if you were only joking, but as an advisor and breeder for my dog breed you would be surprised at how many irresponsible people out there get pets on a whim.

What is it exactly you are looking for in a pet?

If you have some tick boxes of what qualities you want and what you really don't want, also how much time per day/week you can spend with them (this includes cleaning time) then I'm sure we could find a pet for you.

I used to keep fish (fresh water, koi, tropical and marine) and level of care for them depends on what you have. In our biggest tank we used to breed sharks and raise sting rays etc so as you can imagine that was a lot of work. However the goldfish just required a daily feed and a weekly clean.


I'm a student, I work 16hours a week. After the 6 weeks holidays I'll be doing 5 AS-levels at college. I've had fish before, looked after a few friends dogs, auntie's dog for four months. I hate term "buy a pet", because I don't think it sounds right. But I wouldn't buy a pet if I knew couldn't manage or was having difficulties.
banned#34
Tortoises require :

Preferably a tortoise table rather than a vivarium.
UV lighting, but it is ideal to get bulbs stronger than the tubes you see in the pet shop. About 50/60 quid if you're lucky.
Calcium and Vitimin supplements.
1 or 2 thermostats depending on your primary and secondary heating. Again about 40/50 quid each.
Depending where they are kept it would be a good idea to have a ceramic bulb in there or infra red. Ideally ceramic set to a low temp on a pulse stat over night.
And more.

They are all VERY susceptible to respiratory poblems and that's why we reccomend a tortoise table.

You've obviously have never seen a tortoise relieve itself. I have had the pleasure of clearing up after Sulcata tortoises, only young ones and its a positive deluge - I say positive, should be negative!

European tortoises require certification and hibernate. African species tend to be much larger but most require no certification at present. Don't even look at south american species.

No certification is required for terrapins though, a little hardier and can be nippy. You may want to look into this route.

I can go further in depth in this, well much further if you like.

It's a bit bare but should sort you for now.
#35
esthersmile
What about fish? Low maintenance and pretty! You can get a nice set up for £50 or so. I have a few small freshwater fish and they are really nice to have in the living room.

Don't give you much affection though, and they do have a habit of dying much more frequently than your average pet!


I'm a bit worried by that statement, Most fish should live 4 years+, Not die frequently!

(Goldfish in a proper environment can live 30 years +)

Tanks have to be regularly cleaned, Filters changed etc, Its just as much hassle as any other pet IMO.
banned#36
Did my comment help and/or could I help more?
#37
jamesterror
Always wanted a pet J


I have always wanted a dog and have been tempted a few times. But have decided not to. Away a lot at weekends (expensive kennels!) and not many people in during the day so probably v. unfair on the dog.

As a student, likely to moving around within the next few yrs, Is it the ideal time to own a pet?

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