hey! I have a russian tortoise and I am going to have a small bird soon, I was wondering if you know if it is safe to keep them in the same room? I’m having trouble finding out via google search.

Hey! Congrats on your growing animal family 🙂

I’m assuming they’ll have separate enclosures? If that’s the case I don’t see too much opportunity for trouble to be made when they’re both in their individual secure spaces. 

The problems come in when the bird is out of its enclosure and able to fly around, roam free. You’ve got a heat lamp that can burn, be knocked over and hurt your tortoise, and even start a fire. That’s the *biggest* issue I can forsee.  Well that and your bird trying to get a ride out of the tortoise taxi and earning a side eye 🙂 I’d bet you won’t get more than an annoyed side eye from your Russian. The new bird isn’t a nom and isn’t something recognizable as nom related, so clearly tortie has better things to think about 😉  

I did some searching before responding to you as I’m not a bird expert (or any expert really), and I did read a bit about the potential for a bird to pick up bacteria (that are are carried by tortoises but not an issue for them) and falling ill. Nothing that gave any cited info just a couple people mentioning it. Definitely something to think about before letting them interact at all. 

So, now comes the time where I’ve babbled far beyond my limited knowledge and ask kindly if anyone else has any thoughts??


Darwin the Tortoise was welcomed to his new home by public officials, photographers, and with lots and lots of treats. That’s how you treat a tortoise. mmhmm. 

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AFTER a year in Oxfordshire, Darwin the tortoise can look forward to perhaps 100 more.

The 26-year-old Aldabra Giant Tortoise was donated to the Cotswold Wildlife Park last year by the Seychelles Government after the Burford park started a conservation project involving the country and its Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.

To mark a year since the project started, the park hosted a reception on Sunday for guests including the Seychelles High Commissioner, members of the Seychelles Tourism Department and the Mayor of Burford, John White.

There are now three male tortoises at the park and keepers feed them carrots, stinging nettles, dandelions, thistles and clover.

Seychelles tourism minister Alain St Ange yesterday said he was pleased with the relationship between the park and his country.

And he said Darwin seemed to have settled in well at his new home.

He said: “He is being spoiled with carrots and apples so he is very happy. But we need to see how we can bring a female to them now.”