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    Rescue help!

    When nutritional needs are not met long-term, Metabolic Bone Disease develops. It is a complex problem involving incorrect ratios of minerals and Vitamin D3; the weight-bearing bones weaken, then subsequently collapse. It is quite painful. It can be reversed but the broken bones cannot...
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    Annoying

    The vast majority of reptile species are non-social, spending their days alone for the greater percentage of their lifetimes. Water turtles can be seen as somewhat communal (they have to be where the water is), but terrestrial turtles are primarily solitary in the wild. Two individual reptiles...
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    Panacur dose

    That's usually easiest. Adult animals do just fine for the short term that way. Let us know how the appetite goes...
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    Panacur dose

    Yeah, that's too many for the immune system to overcome in a reasonably short period of time. And they put everyone in the home at risk. (Hand washing!)
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    Panacur dose

    It's a good thing that your vet is taking a conservative approach...reptiles are sensitive to changes to their gut flora. But a visible load of worms is cause for treatment. Call the vet, let them know what you've found, and ask for a safe prescription. Many deworming drugs used with reptiles...
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    SMALLEST RUSSIAN TORTOISE TO HATCH SO FAR

    Too much fun...!
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    Building the baby cheery enlcosure

    Fruit flies are probably too small to spring VFTs...or they will crawl out if a trap does shut. Try Pinguicula (Butterwort) species for wee flies and gnats...
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    Annoying

    In a very large territory, one male with two or more females can fare better (with the caveat that any one animal can develop dominant fixation on any other animal)...but two just does not work out unless the space they live in is large enough for them to not cross paths with regularity.
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    Horsefield escape artist

    Oh gosh - that's really crazy! Not sure what to think. Photographic artifact from a really good camera? Is the keratin laying down too thin? Is he growing too fast? (Overfeeding? Growth factor error?) Is the UVB source insufficient to cure it full-thickness to a dark color? I'd expect there...
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    Annoying

    Short answer: it won't stop. Tortoises are not social animals. In addition to the sexual component, he will continually have the impulse to dominate her in terms of territory and resources (food, water, burrows, etc.). As the only other tortoise in sight, he will fixate on her day after day...
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    First Real Poop since we got him

    The care sheet link above has all the temperature and other set up info for optimal digestion, exercise, etc.. Dandelion, chicory, mulberry, viola/heartsease, calendula, pansy are all great tort foods and usually easy to find in pesticide-free locations. In AZ, oputina cactus pads (the high...
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    First Real Poop since we got him

    Yeah, a bit mushy, eh? More mature leafy greens will help - they have more fiber than the baby greens people like to nibble these days as salad. lol Mature broad leaf plants also contain more nutrients than the new leaves do. Make sure all of your environmental parameters are within optimal...
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    Shell rot

    Yeah, I do see that edge lifting up. Shell rot is a condition that happens when the shell is in dirty wet conditions for too long. It's mostly a thing that happens to water turtles in dirty tanks or fouled ponds, or on a tortoise's plastron when they live in chronically muddy conditions. If...
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    Shell rot

    That's a beautiful carapace! If you circle the bit that concerns you and re-post the pic, someone can explain what you are seeing...
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    Florida Prickly Pear Sprouts!

    *squee!* Ahem. Cool plants!
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