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  1. mastershake

    Baby Russian tortoise - not opening eyes much

    i dont like tort tables. unless you buy a top for them they hardly hold any humidity. and they are not very well sealed wood and tend to get nasty over time. these can also go up on the table the liner will make it water proof either style planter bed makes hanging them super easy. the top on...
  2. mastershake

    Baby Russian tortoise - not opening eyes much

    these are the less expensive ones with the cover (they sell these under many brands on amazon most are all the same thing just a different name brand on them some cheaper then this some more expensive) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083B935Z5/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20 i use the lifetime branded ones...
  3. mastershake

    Baby Russian tortoise - not opening eyes much

    you will never be able to keep a proper temp gradient with a 20 gallon. aquariums are really not recc at all for them honestly. personally we use planter bed setups for them here with a greenhouse type cover. we have excellent luck with them and they grow out nice and smooth. you can get a...
  4. mastershake

    Baby Russian tortoise - not opening eyes much

    we have a great vet near us we use for torts BUT if the changes they need are not made then a vet will not be of any help. they need to be setup properly first and foremost. then most things can be solved making some further changes. if then that still does not work they might need a vet for...
  5. mastershake

    Shedding or enclosure issue?

    hard to tell from that pic. can you take on in normal lighting? the greehouse setups are usually 3ft x 4ft they work amazingly well for us here with babies. they key to humidity is keeping the substrate a bit moist (not to much) and keeping a closed top. this helps hold in the humidity when you...
  6. mastershake

    Tortoise health

    as some said follow the guide here we linked to and you will be doing everything as perfect as you possibly can for them, if you do you should see an improvement as long as that is all that was wrong. also change that uvb out those coil bulbs honestly are just terrible. we are all very happy to...
  7. mastershake

    Tortoise health

    those twist style uvb bulbs are terrible i just wanted to add that since i saw the pics. they should be pulled off the market imo. a t5 tube style uvb is what should be used imo.
  8. mastershake

    Tortoise health

    i really would recc reading this or re reading it if you have already. https://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/the-best-way-to-raise-a-sulcata-leopard-or-star-tortoise.181497/post-1814409
  9. mastershake

    Tortoise health

    one of the symptoms of austwickia is slow or no real new growth. without seeing the spot up close i can not say if it looks like it but facial changes or structure issues is another symptom seen in many of the cases. many vets have never seen a case of it up close and tend to misdiagnose it. it...
  10. mastershake

    Tortoise health

    i just cant tell from those pics. can you get a closer pic. if she is really 2 years old something is not right. she def does not look well. im happy to take a closer look if you can get some better pics. i run a rescue and work VERY closely with vets on a constant basis and have seen nearly...
  11. mastershake

    Help please fto he has a bump on his cheek idk what to do

    if you would like to take better pics or even head this way (i know its a long drive) im happy to take a look. i have prob more in hand exp then anyone before except maybe the lab doing the testing has up till now.
  12. mastershake

    Help please fto he has a bump on his cheek idk what to do

    i would be very careful. most vets have no experience with austwickia. if you saw bumps anywhere other then the mouth and toenails falling out like that there is still a chance its still the bacteria. i would still keep them 100% quarantined for now being very honest. if it was only the one bump...
  13. mastershake

    Help please fto he has a bump on his cheek idk what to do

    sorry for late reply. this is not airborne BUT if lets say a fly lands on something infected then moves and lands somewhere another one is and carries the bacteria with them it can be spread. if you have handled one then ever handled the other one right after without proper sanitization you may...
  14. mastershake

    Injections of medicine

    ill add to what tom said. we do them a bit different but somewhat the same, we go slightly upper leg. so first its a LOT easier with a helper. if not a wooden dowel can be helpful make sure its thick enough they cant break it easily. they key is to get their front feet out (sometimes touching or...
  15. mastershake

    ! Please HELP Newbie-Is my Baby Sulcata sick?

    sounds good. def read the care sheets and take them as bible at this age especially. everyone here will help if you are willing to listen and learn. again if at any point at all you want to have him checked you are welcome to get with me here or i can give you the info of the vet locally we work...
  16. mastershake

    ! Please HELP Newbie-Is my Baby Sulcata sick?

    we are near sarasota also. if you feel they need to see a vet we have a wonderful local one in sarasota which i know is about an hour but i would recc her without hesitation. if you change a few things with your setup at this time it sounds like that are doing fine though
  17. mastershake

    ! Please HELP Newbie-Is my Baby Sulcata sick?

    i recc a temp gun for basking temps and for ambient you can use a regular gauge or the gun if you take multiple temps in various locations it will give you a good idea you want a basking spot around 95-100 deg. keep his temps up now and just monitor him. he prob will be fine. 10 hours is not...
  18. mastershake

    ! Please HELP Newbie-Is my Baby Sulcata sick?

    currently from those pics i see nothing of concern. has there been any facial swelling or edema of the front body? any rear leg toenails falling out? did the bumps you saw look like these (see attached picture). if not at this time i dont see anything to worry about. IF they have austwickia the...
  19. mastershake

    ! Please HELP Newbie-Is my Baby Sulcata sick?

    can you get some better pics of the skin on the legs and the neck i dont see anything in the ones you posted. if they have austwickia EVERY case so far has had specific symptoms. i have seen hundreds (sadly) first hand now with it and every single one had some type of physical symptom. sneezing...
  20. mastershake

    bumps on my baby sulcata tortoise

    to add there was actually a show this weekend where two people so far have messaged me on facebook and both have the bumps on them already. this sucks and is a BAD situation if this tests positive. these sulcata were in an open top bin and people were handling them then handling who knows what...
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