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  1. TheLastGreen

    Bonding with a tortoise

    Now I know torts are more of a give food, give water, give the right environment type of animal, and you just leave them alone, but I do sometimes feel bad that I don't interact with them enough. I do pick them up when moving them about etc. but I was wondering how you guys interact with your...
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    Different UVB sources

    Coincidentally saw these different types of UVB sources and I have a few questions about them LED bulbs Are LED lights safe and effective? Spiral bulbThese are obviously a risk due to uneven coatings during production, I have no questions on them Halogen bulbs Are these safe to use, are they...
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    A little leopard, out on the edge of the desert

    For those interested, my grandparents went on a trip to the Kgalagadi transfrontier park. They were a few kilometres past the border when they spot this fella I never knew they lived in that area? Some maps show they go far North into Africa, but miss this area. The park does say this is a tort...
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    Bell pepper for hingebacks

    I know it's a bit of a risk. It does have a high sugar level, but I want to feed it to my tort to help things get along, he has eaten it a while back. The only problem is that I don't want him to eat a bit, then not poop, allowing the bell pepper to stay in his gi track, ferment etc. I'm at a...
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    Help a friend (new member struggling to use the site)

    A member, @Sira-oreo is having trouble using/navigating the site, the person asked me to help. Here's the message and problem, as stated on the person's status update @Sira-oreo, like I said in the message I sent, we'll need to know what setup your using. Do you know what type of torts you have...
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    Strained carrots in water for tort health

    I couldn't find much on it while searching, and I have a few questions, so I figured I get started with this thread. 1)Gerber baby carrot food is recommended, but for outside the States, what should we look for in the product, like sugar content etc etc. 2)Carrots have a high level of sugar...
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    Upgrades and questions

    I finally got to changing the substrate. I compacted it real hard. The first time wasn't hard enough, so he struggled to walk, but after compacting he walks fine. I've also added leaves. My question is when he walks around a lot he'll open his beak wide open, move his head slightly forward and...
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    Please help! Month long constipation and white areas on skin

    Help! My hingebacks is still active and such, but part of his body seems almost whiter, like his legs and cloaca. By his right leg it almost seems like the flesh and skin is almost pushing out. He's been constipated for a bit more than 3 weeks, he's also loosing his appetite, but that only...
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    Heatpad for small torts?

    I've read that some people say hatchlings can burn, and don't know how to get off of a heatpad, I've been wondering about it for a while now, do some people use them?
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    Can grass hurt little torts eyes?

    Can grass hurt hatchlings/yearlings eyes? (I'm talking about lawn grass). I see my yearling closes his eyes as he moves past grass as it rubs past his face. So can it, or isn't it a problem?
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    Steralizing leaves

    I've got a bunch of red oak leaves I want to steralize, but I'm trying to avoid a situation @Karen(pebbles) had🤣🤣🤣 (I saw her previous thread and I don't want the same thing to happen, so I came to make sure) Do I place them in water, then in the oven at 180C for twenty minutes?
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    New galapogos species or just a fuss?

    Found this today https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2022/march/potential-new-species-giant-tortoises-discovered-galapagos-islands.html Any thoughts? @Markw84 I know you work on conservation efforts for these torts, have you heard of this?
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    Help make a hingeback caresheet

    As the title says, we need an updated hingeback caresheet. It is a weird situation, most hingebacks undergo horrible importation standards and most don't make it, but where they do survive, and perhaps thrive, experience is abound. Hingebacks aren't the most commonly kept tort species, but at...
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    Water turtles of Southern Africa

    Well, I don't usually find myself at this end of the forum but I have something to share The recent post of @mark1 beautiful turtles made me realize that I've never seen any water turtles (excluding sea turtles) here, so I searched, and there are some that live here! I never thought we had...
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    Guess who went for the bricks (beak filing)

    Zvezda's beak was always slightly overgrown, but it seems today she found one and went at it, it almost seems too much Before After It's almost leveled with the mouth. What scares me was that within a day she filed her beak down 3mm, she also scratched a bit of her lower nose. The bricks are...
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    Time for a switch

    I've been using orchid bark for my hingeback from the first day I got him and it just doesn't work. He almost struggles to walk on it, as the bunch of pieces move below him, he also get's stuck sometimes. I'm switching over to coco coir. I do know that it may stink and be difficult to clean, but...
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    Can you use a greenhouse net on an outdoor enclosure?

    With winter coming over here, I wondered if you could use green house nets to cover the entire enclosure to keep it warmer? I think the only problem could obviously be on a warmer day, if you don't change it, it could cook your tort. The other thing would be that the clear plastic doesn't let...
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    Weird brown dirt reappearing on carapace

    On my hingebacks carapace, on the same spot a soil like substance keeps occuring the last two days. He's on orchid bark, and I can't figure out where this keeps coming from?
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    Boiling leaves

    Can you boil leaves to steralize them? I want to use red oak and stinkhout leaves in my hingeback enclosure. Can these leaves be dried out, if they're green for example? Also, do leaves decompose in high humidity?
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    Are all types of lettuce safe?

    Sometimes I like to feed my leopard endive and such, but are all other store-bought lettuce safe? It often comes in mixed packets without herbs as just pure salad lettuce but different types
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