100% captive bred Russian tortoise that are around 5 years old. They are hold backs raised outside and inside. Old enough and ready to breed. In fact, the males are actively breeding with my females.
Russian Tortoises (Testudo horsfieldii) are some of smaller tortoise species commonly available to keepers. There are three sub species that private breeders and enthusiasts who work with them will recognize. Testudo horsfieldii horsfieldii; who are mainly from Afghanistan/Pakistan and southern Central Asia. They are domed shelled and almost as wide as they are long. These are also known to have black sunray like lines in their scutes. Testudo horsfieldii rustamovi; who are mainly from southwestern Turkmenistan. They are domed shelled, but long and narrow. Testudo horsfieldii kazachstanica; who are mainly from Kazakhstan/Karakalpakhstan. They are flat shelled and almost as wide as they are long.
Being adorable and staying relatively small, makes them one of the most sought after tortoises for pets. They are found within the depths of countries such as Afghanistan, North Pakistan, and the Soviet Territory Kazakhstan and on rocky hillsides and deserts of southeastern Russia, Indonesia and Iran. Russian Tortoises do best at the same temperatures and humidity levels that people prefer, which make them ideal indoor tortoises. Though they thrive being outside in almost any climate in the United States. Russian tortoises stay pretty small. Adult males reach between 5-7 inches, and females 7-10 inches. On average though, we have found that most males are around 5” and females are around 7”. Russian tortoises can live for more than 50 years in captivity. They have amazing outgoing and friendly personalities who learn very quickly who feeds them. When you approach their enclosure they will stop doing what they are doing and come “running” towards you. They vary in pattern design, but most have similar color scheme; their shell is a ruddy tan or black, fading to yellow between the scutes, and the body itself is straw-yellow and brown. Some have gorgeous radiated sunray black lines that grow out from the scutes. This gives them a very unique look. Russian tortoises are a great species for keepers just starting out because they are hardy, stay small and have spectacular personalities.
Remember, for every tortoise bought from Tortstork, $10 is donated to a turtle/tortoise conservation group to help save these amazing animals.
Please review our Russian Care Guide
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Anonymous (verified owner) –
Rosie is doing really well! She seems really healthy and is quite active! I’m so happy to have her!
Jane S. (verified owner) –
Tortstork is the best place to get a tortoise! I love that they are all captive bred and not poached from the wild like many other places do. Our Russian arrived safe and sound at our front door. Randy was so nice and thorough. He followed up via text, email and phone call to make sure everything was ok. We feel comfortable that he can be reached if we need him for our new tortoise. Highly recommend!
Courtney Dosch (verified owner) –
We had a great experience adding a well started Russian tortoise to our family. I contacted Randy about my goals and he quickly sent me options for my new addition and even checked temperament based on the fact that I have very young (human) children in my home. The whole process was easy and the response and delivery were very quick. My tortoise came securely packaged and seemed happy and healthy as soon as I removed him and let him soak and stretch his legs. This is the first time I have purchased an animal online but any fear or hesitation I had quickly resolved after seeing my wonderful new addition.
Bonnie (verified owner) –
Randy has been super helpful throughout the entire transaction. Since it’s covid it took awhile to gather things for our baby Clyde, Randy was able to take care of him while we do that. Highly recommended!
Miguel R. (verified owner) –
I’m a returning customer of TortStork. Randy is a reputable breeder and someone that’s really easy to work with. If you’re looking in buying your first Tortoise or simply adding to your collection *my case* I highly recommend TortStork to anyone.
Keri (verified owner) –
Great customer service. Randy truly cares about his animals.
Megan (verified owner) –
Communication was very responsive and supportive of the transition to the new home. Our tort was dehydrated for the first few days and did not want to eat. Appreciated the written instructions sent with the tort and kept soaking him in lukewarm baths. He perked up and is doing great. He is shy about us watching him eat, but we love seeing left over lettuce on his face! I was nervous about the shipment of a live animal but Randy helped us make it a success. Would definitely recommend.
Anonymous (verified owner) –