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1 17th July 18:23
balletcatterrie
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Default Ferrets and Tortoises (tortoise snake gecko)


With all the dog attacks, i thought i'd mention the problem with
ferrets. For some reason, even more than my cats or my birds or my
hamster, fish, squirrels, snake, geckos ... my ferrets just love to
attack my sulcata and my russian tortoise - i am always right there to
stop it. Well, my sulcata is big enough and tough enough now not to be
bothered. But the russian is still very small and i think that if i
weren't there to stop it, the ferrets could do quite a bit of damage????
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2 17th July 18:24
r nourigat
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Ferrets can and will do alot of damage to a tort, they have a terrific bite! I know having been bitten a number of times. Don't ever leave them alone, they are very curious animals.
Robin.

ferrets. For some reason, even more than my cats or my birds or my
hamster, fish, squirrels, snake, geckos ... my ferrets just love to
attack my sulcata and my russian tortoise - i am always right there to
stop it. Well, my sulcata is big enough and tough enough now not to be
bothered. But the russian is still very small and i think that if i
weren't there to stop it, the ferrets could do quite a bit of damage????

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3 17th July 18:25
koufax1
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Yes, your ferrets could seriously injure or kill your tortoise. Even a sulcata could be severely injured. Best to keep them well away from your torts.

Sohni

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4 18th July 19:11
balletcatterrie
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Don't worry, people, part of ferret proofing a home is making sure your
other "prey" animals are kept away from the ferrets, and having the
cages of such animals ferret-proof as a secondary safety device. I
already had experience with this having cats for many years; but Since
discovering that ferrets are inordinately attracted to tortoises the
ferrets now get the "cat treatment" too. My house is such that i can
devote an entire section (not just a room) of my house to the "prey"
animals and the cats have plenty of rooms of their own. I just wanted
to make sure that other people knew about the other animals that pose a
hazard to ferrets, especially small ones. =)

a sulcata could be severely injured. Best to keep them well away from your torts.
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5 5th August 09:46
lesley
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Opps I forgot to mention, Ferrets can bite through your toe nail, thumb nail etc all the way to the bone, no problem, like it was butter. They do not seem to understand the strength in their jaws either because they themselves have rhinoceros skin! (of course proper socialization prevents bites like this but some animals get excited and lose track of themselves) lol I have had Ferrets for years and years, once I fostered one that needed fluid injections while it was recovering from illness, THICK SKIN, its like busting through cartilage.

On a whole though they are pretty gentle happy creatures, a little on the ADD side but I digress, they could potentially do serious damage if they were to break the skin and then find they still have the stomach for it.

I think most of them just believe the Tortoise is a toy for them, its like having a 3yr old, MINE MINE MINE MINE! And like a 3yr old you have to watch them around pets, and food, and dangerous stuff, and you can't leave them alone unattended....etc etc.

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6 5th August 11:43
lesley
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I have a basnji/rat terrier mix, he just gets sad that my Sulcata Sam won't play with him. He drops toys in front of Sam and just cries and cries. My ferret on the other hand thinks that Sam should just come out of that shell.. So now Miss Sam stays in her pen when the Ferret is loose. I have never seen my ferret try to bite Sam but she has started to try and dig at Sam's legs. I think Ferrets can be a danger, definitely.
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