This is so sad because I wanted a small tortoise as my own pet!
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The smaller tortoises species make better indoor pets. You don't have to worry about a large 2-foot sulcata walking around your home, or a 16-inch leopard tortoise spoiling your carpet. Smaller tortoises can be housed in large storage totes year-round inside your home. The most popular inside tortoises are the smaller Mediterranean tortoise species, such as the Russian tortoise, Greek tortoise, Hermann's tortoise and Egyptian tortoise.
Egyptian tortoises are native to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, along ancient Cyrenaica, across Egypt and into southern Palestine. Adult Egyptian tortoises are small, with adult males reaching up to 4 inches and females up to 5 inches in length. Egyptian tortoises are more fragile than most pet tortoise species and are also more expensive. They are great climbers and have big personalities for such small creatures. Egyptian tortoises have an average lifespan of up to 50 years.
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Part of the reason is that Russian tortoise adapt very well to different climates and situations. Despite that, owners should work to create an ideal situation for them as pets. Russian tortoise are small for its species as females can grow up to 6-10 inches while males are between 5-8 inches.The Russian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii) is another highly popular species in pet stores. These reptiles are most active in the morning and are adaptable to many conditions. Their native home is dry, sandy, grassy and hot, so their instinct is to burrow in search of moist earth. The Russian is another small species that only reaches 6 to 8 inches. The Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is highly prized among tortoise lovers because of its distinct and varied carapace markings in black and off-white. Originating from India and Sri Lanka, the Indian star is a fussy eater, is usually very expensive to buy and is recommended only for experienced tortoise keepers.The benefit of the Mediterranean tortoises is that their native environment is much easier to duplicate than rainforest or desert specimens. Many Mediterranean tortoises can be kept outside in safe enclosures at least part of the year. The Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) is the most popular Greek species in pet stores. Hermanns are friendly herbivores that only grow to an 8-inch shell size. A more decorative Greek tortoise is the marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata) native to Italy, Greece and the Balkans. These are the largest tortoises in Europe, with a shell up to 14 inches long, but they're also herbivores that enjoy a temperate climate. The Golden Greek (genus Testudo) is actually not a Greek tortoise at all, but refers to a number of tortoise species that share similar characteristics. It's not completely clear where these species originated -- possibly the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Israel or Jordan) or North Africa (Tunisia, Libya or Morocco). Their shells are small and golden with brown markings, hence the name. These tortoises tend to be shy and like to burrow.Respiratory system infections are common in pet tortoises, especially in wild-caught individuals sold in the pet trade. Being shipped from their native lands and held in less-than-desirable circumstances causes a great deal of stress on the tortoise. Add to this that often the poor village people collecting them may lack the means (heated houses, running water, available food, sanitation, etc) to house them properly before shipment ever takes place. Many times tortoises are held in great numbers in small un-heated enclosures for weeks to months, with little food or water. Reptile brokers arrive every few weeks to months to buy these poor creatures, and then ship them overseas, again, often in crowded, unsanitary shipping boxes or crates.