Do you know a good place to get a Russian Tortoise hatchling??
Hey! Great question!
I don’t know where you live, but I’d always suggest checking with a local rescue to see if there are adoptions available. They may not be hatchlings, but there are a lot of rehabed tortoises ready for a forever home, making space for another shell that needs help. They can also be a great help finding a reputable breeder in your in your area. That will save on shipping cost and stress.
You can also take a look at some of the turtle and tortoise forums for listings of available hatchlings. Most small breeders don’t have a ton of hatchlings all the time (nature and all that) so they may not have websites but will list available hatchlings when they have them. They’ll ship them to you when they’re ready and the weather is safe for the little ones to travel.
Check out The Tortoise Forum’s for Sale/Adoption section. Individuals whose shells have laid eggs and small breeders that have hatchlings for sale. http://www.tortoiseforum.org/forums/for-sale.26/
The Turtle and Tortoise Forum listed on Russiantortoise.net has a Russian tortoise forum section and many breeders post there. You could post that you’re interested in buy a hatchling and/or ask for breeder advice for your area: http://russiantortoisepictures.com/forum/index.php/board,4.0.html
Faunaclassifieds sometimes has Hatchlings listed for sale http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=54
There are some breeders/ ‘vendors’ online that are ok but you’re going to want to stick with a place that is transparent about who they are i.e: If they are an individual breeder or if they sell for breeders (And who those breeders are). You’re going to want to be sure that information is listed/available. I’ve read good reviews of the places below. (I’ve heard/read especially great things about Vicki and The TortoiseYard, but she doesn’t have Russian torts.) I don’t have personal experience with any of these breeders or vendors so please keep that in mind.
Remember that buying from reputable breeders not only stops feeding the demand that fuels the illegal pet trade, but it can also save you from serious heartbreak. I’ll save the horribly sad stories but some extra cost at the beginning can prevent your ending up with a sick tortoise that requires expensive veterinary care and still might not make it for very long. Seems worth it all around IMHO.
So thats my 2cents… more like 75cents in pennies ha!
Anyone else have thoughts? suggestions?