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Baby Russian Tortoise care sheet (also for other herbivorous tortoise species)
I wouldn’t suggest leaving them out. Too much can go wrong...
Do you mind posting a picture of the setup? What are the temperatures within the enclosure?
Considering that it sounds more like a setup / husbandry issue, I don’t see a need to visit the vet. There are very experienced members here that can help.
If you haven’t already, take a quick...
I’m glad you got back in time! I’ve never had that problem. Sounds very scary.
I’m sure you weren’t very far, but try to make a habit of being around while he’s soaking. Lots of members, including myself, will prepare food, clean the enclosure, etc. during soaks.
Also, what container are you...