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    My boy isn’t well

    Turn the humidifier off ASAP. Those should not be used. Maintain humidity by using a closed chamber. Soil should never be used under a tortoise. This could also be part of the problem. Could be something toxic or irritating in there. This species need warm temps year round 24/7. Undernormal...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Yes, if you have the right tree species.
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    Pyramiding?

    Yes. That is pyramiding. Pyramiding is caused by growth in conditions that are too dry. This can be from the enclosure being too dry, or from using the wrong bulbs. Here is the current and correct care info...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Spring mix is okay once in a while. Spinach is fine too, just not every day. Its best to avoid the grocery store altogether, and feed them weeds and leaves from outside.
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    shy new tortoise

    Hello and welcome. You've got a wild caught animal. It will take some time to get comfortable in its new home. Also, per stores usually give terrible care advice and sell you all the wrong products. Take a look at this thread for the correct and current care info...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    I would avoid romaine in favor of endive, escarole, dandelion greens, cilantro, arugula, kale, collards, etc... For a single Russian torotise, one or two pellets mixed in s a good amount.
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    You can feed them anytime you need to increase the fiber content of the foods you are offering. If its summer and you are feeding grapevine leaves, or mulberry leaves, or opuntia pads, then you don't need to add the blended hay pellets. If its winter and all you could find was some romaine, then...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    No. Hay doesn't work. It needs to be of a small particle size and able to be soaked and mixed in with the grocery store greens. The horse pellets are plain grass hay that is blended up into a fine particle size and formed into pellets. When re-hydrated it crumbles into a much that can be mixed...
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    Wound

    Whoops. Sorry about that.
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Where are you getting it? Nobody sells them half grown. Either babes from breeders, or wild caught adults from pet stores. I like the RepCal brand calcium, but others are fine too. Herptivite for vitamins. They make grass hay pellets for horses. Russians are not grass eater, but this is a way...
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    Best Enclosure Setup for Aldabra

    Neither. You need a large closed chamber for a little while and then you can move it outside with a heated and humidified insulated shelter. Best to have both an indoor and an outdoor enclosure for a baby. Use the outdoor enclosure for nice weather and bring it inside to the closed chamber on...
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    Cutest little surprise

    So tiny. What species?
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Please read this BEFORE you get the tortoise. Most of this is already answered in the care sheet, but I'll still take a crack at each question. Are you getting a baby or and adult? For a growing baby, I'd still get the calcium powder in addition to the cuttle bone. And adult with access to...
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    Wound

    What could he be scraping his head on to do that in the enclosure? I would not let the lizard and tortoise out together. Neither should be out loose on the floor. This is a recipe for disaster in one or more ways. I asked about rodents because that looks like a bite. The tortoise doesn't have...
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    Wound

    Does this tortoise live alone? What type of enclosure? Open top? Got any other pets? Cat? Rodents a possibility?
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