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    Small white bugs?

    So I’ve just been changing my Russians food when I noticed small white bugs crawling all over the slate (about 10 of them, super hard to see). Checked under his water bowl and there’s quite a few there too. What could these be? Can’t see them in pictures as I’ve tried but I’m really concerned.
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    Soil substrate - is this okay?

    @Tom phew, tom to the rescue again! Thank goodness you replied as I’m just getting it set up. Will the coco coir be okay in the rain and not mould or deteriorate? I’m planning on purchasing it in bricks that I just need to water down if that’s something you think would be okay?
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    Soil substrate - is this okay?

    Hi all! Part of the outdoor enclosure for my horsefield will have topsoil, is this stuff any good? This is literally all that is written (image attached) Thanks!
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    Tortoise enclosure - safe against birds?

    Hi all! So I’m purchasing a bigger version of the attached picture and doing a bit of landscaping where it’s gonna go. Only concern is I live on the coast, do you think seagulls or other birds will spot the tortoise and be able to get through this wire? I’d hate to think he was in any sort of...
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    Outdoor tortoise enclosure

    Hi all! So we have a back yard with no grass (and live near the sea so lots of gulls) so letting the tortoise have the whole yard just isn’t on the cards. I’ve found a few online, but I’m really unsure on what to fill it with. I was thinking of growing actual grass within the enclosure...
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    Top of tortoises head

    Good idea! He gets a little bit every now and then but I’m in Northern England so sunshine is rather rare, we should be good to go next month! I feel so rubbish. I can’t believe I didn’t spot the little bald patches on his legs, they seem so obvious now 😞
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    Top of tortoises head

    @Yvonne G would I be able to get your thoughts on this? The patches with no skin have been brought to my attention and I’m worried sick now. Like I say we soak him for 10/15 mins a day and spray his enclosure down multiple times a day. I followed the care sheet on here too during setup for...
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    Top of tortoises head

    Also, when you say “very dry” is that in relation to skin on the legs?
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    Top of tortoises head

    Hi He is bathed for 10/15 mins every day without fail, but I did always wonder why he had little bald sort of patches on his legs. Could it be down to anything else?
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    Top of tortoises head

    Hi all My tortoise fully extended his neck to have a smell around the garden and I noticed this red patch on the top of his head, is this normal?
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    Russian tortoise potentially hurt?

    Thank you so much for you reply Tom, you’ve made me feel a hell of a lot better. I will absolutely take more care in future and using a tub to transport sounds perfect. I’ll monitor him over the next week and keep a close eye, he seems like his usual self right now, so hopefully nothing...
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    Russian tortoise potentially hurt?

    Hi guys Im extremely ashamed to have to be writing this. I was transporting my tortoise from his little daily bath after drying him off into his enclosure and he has fallen from my hand onto carpet from around 4ft. When he dropped, he sat for a few seconds and then started walking, then when...
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    Lighting shade

    Hi all! I’m placing some LED lighting strips around the enclosure (6000K) and I want to create some shade patches in case the lighting is too intense, would anyone have any recommendations on what to use to create these areas?
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    LED lighting strips??

    Thanks Tom! I know 5000k have been recommend before, I wasn’t sure if 6000k would be too bright 😊
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    LED lighting strips??

    Hi all Thinking about getting “6000k LED light strips” on Amazon just to brighten up the tortoise enclosure I have. Would these be recommended by you guys? Link attached Onforu 15M Dimmable Strip Lights, 6000K Daylight White Tape Lights, Ultra-Long Ribbon Lights, Lighting Strips with 12V Safe...
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    Lighting shade

    Hi all About to put 5000K led strips around my enclosure to give some more daylight style lighting… what could I use for shade? Can’t really find any plants big enough, any advice would be great
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    Adding another tortoise?

    Hi all! I’m considering getting another baby tortoise, ours is around a year old now. Does double the tortoise mean I’d need double the space?
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    Coco coir twitching?!?!

    Do they get around the house or remain in the tortoise table only?
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    Coco coir twitching?!?!

    I swear I’m not crazy… hear me out ? I’ve just sprayed down my tortoise table with water, and the coco coir seems to be twitching/moving ever so slightly??? Like moving ever so slightly, is it just drying up or could I have springtails that are reacting to the water that I just can’t see??
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    Strange movements?

    Hi all! My horsefield is doing this thing where he moves his two front legs forward and backwards plus his head simultaneously. He does it every now and then, just wondering if anyone has seen this behaviour before and what it means?
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