Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

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Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby gina5151 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:16 pm

Hi everyone!

My boyfriend and I own a beardie that is about 3 years old. I am about to adopt an ornate box turtle that has been living in a house with a bearded dragon for the past 4 years. We are concerned about the risk of spreading salmonella/diseases between the two animals...they will obviously live in separate tanks and they will not come into contact with each other. We intend to be extremely careful about thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting surfaces between handling the animals...that being said, is it safe for us to own both of those reptiles at the same time? Any info would be appreciated - thank you all very much :D
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby LouieLizard » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:56 pm

Its safe. Just keeps things like feeding tongs and suff sterile
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby HippieLizards » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:09 pm

I keep a few different species of reptiles aside from my beardies (a ball python, a leopard gecko, and a crested gecko) and I've never encountered any problems.

Just make sure to sanitize your hands before holding one of them if you already handled the other, keep items that you'd use for the both of them clean before switching from animal to animal, and all that.

Otherwise it'd be perfectly fine and neither of them will really care about the existence of the other, so I wouldn't worry about it. :)

Also, I bet you know this already if you're getting the turtle, but just be ready to keep it for an extremely long time. Box turtles live anywhere from 40-60 years to even 80-100 years old, and their care is a bit difficult; so just be prepared to have it for a LONG time. :)
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:13 pm

40-60 years to even 80-100 years old :shock:
Wow!
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby HippieLizards » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:55 pm

KarrieRee wrote:40-60 years to even 80-100 years old :shock:
Wow!
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Yup, a friend of mine has a eastern box turtle she rescued that's around 57 years old (I think? Somewhere around that age) and named Blueberry.
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby gina5151 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:33 am

A big thanks to all of you!!! These replies were super helpful.
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:29 pm

You're welcome! Good luck with your turtle!! :D
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby SandP » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:45 pm

I also have a multi reptile household, besides the dragons I have a couple aquatic turtles and some fire bellied toads. It's not recommended but I've let one of the dragons and turtles roam around my deck together.
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby LouieLizard » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:47 am

SandP wrote:I also have a multi reptile household, besides the dragons I have a couple aquatic turtles and some fire bellied toads. It's not recommended but I've let one of the dragons and turtles roam around my deck together.
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Male painted?
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby SandP » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:48 am

Male Florida red belly cooter
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby LouieLizard » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:01 pm

SandP wrote:Male Florida red belly cooter

Ah
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby HippieLizards » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:58 pm

SandP wrote:I also have a multi reptile household, besides the dragons I have a couple aquatic turtles and some fire bellied toads. It's not recommended but I've let one of the dragons and turtles roam around my deck together.
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Cute Cooter and Beardie! :D
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby SandP » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:29 am

Thank you :)
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Re: Bearded dragon + Ornate box turtle

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:45 pm

You're welcome. :)
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