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    Golden Greek care in Arizona

    Would love to see any outdoor and indoor enclosures from GG keepers in AZ or anyone that lives in a similarly dry desert environment. Care suggestions are also always welcome!
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    Edible Landscaping Arizona

    Hi all, just looking for some advice on Edible Landscaping for my leopard tortoises that can survive the full sun of Phoenix other than hibiscus and opuntia cactus. Can anyone recommend climbing vines or other flowering shrubs that would not harm my tortoises if they took to eating the leaves or...
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    Arizona Breeders?

    Is there a database for local breeders anywhere? Looking for South African Pardalis pardalis CBB in Arizona.
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    Outdoor living

    What would be required to create an enclosure that sulcatas can live in year-round in Phoenix Arizona? Does it get cold enough here in winter to need an electrically heated house? Other than manually, how do you keep fresh water available throughout the day, especially in the summer months?
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    Outdoor Enclosure question

    What would be required to create a proper enclosure that houses leopard tortoises outdoors in Phoenix, Arizona year round?
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    Subspecies and climate question

    I live in Phoenix Arizona, is there a Greek subspecies that could do well here in an outdoor enclosure year-round? If so, what would be required to have a proper enclosure?
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    Does anyone know if this plant/flower is safe to have in my Leopard tortoise enclosure? Are the flowers and leaves edible?
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    Pest Control question

    What ways are there to kill ants outdoors that won't harm tortoises and won't seep into the ground making grasses, etc. inedible?
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    Tortoises for animal therapy?

    Does anyone know of any animal therapy programs that utilize tortoises as therapy animals? I work at a residential home for kids with mental health issues and we contract with a foundation that brings in therapy animals (of the warm and furry variety) to work with our kids and they really...
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    Another Substrate Thread

    I am just a little confused on what the best substrate mixture/combination is for my leopard tortoise indoor table. Some folks recommend coco coir, orchid bark, cypress mulch, additive free top soil, yard dirt, and/or peat moss. I'm sure this is at least in part attributable to the husbandry...
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    Why no Australian Land Tortoises?

    Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on the scientific reasons behind why land tortoises do not exist in Australia?
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    New Abberant Pattern Baby Leopard Tortoise

    I saw this little girl (66% chance female due to incubation temp according to breeder) and couldn't resist getting her due to the funky pattern she has on her scutes. Any husbandry advice on how to get her to grow at a rate that won't effect the pattern?
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    Resource Guide

    Just wondering if anyone could recommend a good resource guide that lists different species of freshwater turtle with a description (e.g. adult size, country of origin, coloration)? Of course, with pictures would be preferred.
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    Arizona honeysuckle

    Is lonicera arizonica safe/edible for leopard tortoises?
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    Grasses for outdoor enclosure

    I live in Arizona and I have a side yard that I want to convert to a tortoise garden. It's between 2 houses so although it gets full sun in the mornings, due to the 8 ft walls and the side of my house, either the right side or left side is partially shaded throughout the day. Maybe I'm just not...
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    I'm sure this has been asked many times before

    What is the smallest and most colorful/visually striking water turtle as an adult? Opinions and best guesses welcome :)
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    Are these plants toxic?

    Just wondering if these plants are safe (and edible) to have in a tortoise garden: Yellow Bells and Orange Jubilee? Also, what roses (common name) are safe and the best for AZ desert climate?
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    Edible Landscaping in Arizona

    Hi all, Just wondering if any of you have suggestions or experience with landscaping in the AZ desert or similar desert climates? The area I would be landscaping is full sun to partial shade and has it's own sprinkler heads.
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    Toxic Plants

    I was wondering if anyone knows if churee cactus or crown of thorns are toxic or otherwise a bad idea to have in my tortoise garden?
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    AZ Breeders

    I am looking for hatchling/yearling greeks, hermann's, South African Leopards and/or cherry head redfoots in Arizona? Anyone that has any available or may have hatchlings this summer, please let me know what you have and prices. Thanks!