Facts About Russian Tortoises


Sad but true. Most of the Russian Tortoises in the United States are wild-caught and imported. Pet Stores sell them, and they can be found in abundance at Reptile Shows. They still need good homes, but may require vet care for parasites and other infections in order to live long healthy lives.

Threatened Species

The popular wild-caught market for Russian Tortoises means fewer tortoises living in their natural environment. This is why we chose to breed them. We will be able to provide healthy captive-bred tortoises and do our part to keep wild tortoises where they belong - in the wild.

Not From Russia with Love

If you think Russian Tortoises come from Russia, you're close but wrong. In the wild, this species can be found in south central Asia, from countries including Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Natural Houdinis

Ask any experienced Russian Tortoise owner and they will tell you - these tortoises are natural escape artists! They love to burrow and climb!

Sizing Up

Adult male Russian Tortoises are usually 6" (15 cm) in size. Adult females are larger, growing up to 10" (25 cm) in size.

Not Family-Oriented

Many new and inexperienced Russian Tortoise owners quickly begin to think their sole tortoise needs a "shell buddy," or a "boyfriend/girlfriend."

The truth is, it's not a good idea. In the wild, adults find each other only to mate, and go their separate ways. They may never even see each other again. When females lay eggs, they safely bury the clutch and move on. Babies hatch and embrace this world completely on their own.

Keeping two males together will result in constant, aggressive fighting over territory. Keeping two females together will result in bullying and dominating, which causes severe stress. Males are highly aggressive breeders and will harass a single female constantly to mate, which is why a ratio of 3 females for each male is a better and more successful method of breeding.