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    How much food do you go through

    I've tried that seed mix and it was okay, but these other two grew much better for me here in the dry south west. Give it a go and see what you think. The usual method of tortoise measurement is along the plastron. The suggestion of waiting until they are 12" is a rough guideline. You could...
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    Young sulcata with white bumps

    What was the source of this tortoise and how long have you had it?
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    Potting Soil

    Fertilizer is fine as long as the tortoise doesn't have direct access to the actual fertilizer product. Eating plants grown with fertilizers is fine. Be sure the fertilizer doesn't have any other additives in it like fungicides, pesticides or herbicides.
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    Death during hibernation

    What you can do could fill a book. The condensed version is: Feed and hydrate them correctly all summer long. In fall, give the tortoise the proper lead in time to empty their gut, and hydration too. Hibernate the tortoise indoors in controlled conditions at the correct temperature for the...
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    How much food do you go through

    Don't bother with hay until the tortoise is around 12+ inches. When the time comes, use Bermuda or orchard grass hay. Not Timothy. I introduce it by simply feeding them all their other stuff on a bed of the grass hay. Some of them start eating it right away, and others take a while to start...
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    Outdoor enclosure bottom

    Hermanns aren't diggers. If it were my tortoise, I would make the walls secure and cap the corners. I wouldn't do anything underground. I don't think it is needed. Having said that, there is no harm in sinking the walls into the ground or using welded wire underneath.
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    Enclosure too hot?

    You won't need basking heat, but they will need light. I'd use an LED strip on a timer so you don't add any more heat.
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    How much food do you go through

    Most breeders don't take the time to introduce lots of new foods when they first hatch. They take the easy road. If you bought one from a breeder like this, then YOU will have to take the time to introduce new foods and it will take weeks and months to do. Its a rare sulcata baby that will use...
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    How much food do you go through

    Dude. You've got to start growing and finding your own. Grass, weeds, mulberry leaves, grape vine leaves, and loads of "spineless" opuntia. Once you little one get to about 12", you can introduce grass hay. This will make up the bulk of his diet for the rest of his life, and make YOUR life a...
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    Red looking blood vessel please help read!

    I've seen skin like that when they are housed on wet substrate all the time. Damp is good. Wet is too much. When I've seen septicemia, its usually in the middle and somewhat symmetrical. I've not seen case of septicemia where is only one side and not centered.
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    Red looking blood vessel please help read!

    It could be a bruise, like Yvonne mentioned.
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    Is this a good baby leopard tortoise enclosure?

    I recommend buying or building a closed chamber. I've tried many methods of modifying an existing open topped enclosure, and none of them have been satisfactory for me. Some methods are better than others, and doing "something" is better than doing nothing, but a closed chamber with all the...
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    Is this a good baby leopard tortoise enclosure?

    I I get it. Lots of conflicting info. Who to listen to? I don't know what to tell you. You asked a question. I answered you and shared insight the took me decades of mistakes to learn. After you've done it for decades and experienced the same failures that I've experienced, you will also know...
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    Is this a good baby leopard tortoise enclosure?

    Unless the entire room is 80 degrees with 80% humidity 24/7, then no, it is not a good leopard enclosure. There is not way to maintain the correct conditions in a low sided tub like that. The colder drier room air will continuously mix with the enclosure air making things too cool and too dry...
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    Red looking blood vessel please help read!

    How old is it and what does it weigh in grams?
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