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  1. Redstrike

    Update on my baby Taylor since Sept

    This is one of my favorite books for redfoot care: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1441494030/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20 It's easy to read, interesting, and instructive.
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    Yep, I'd be wary of anything submerged. It's not worth the fire risks. I used to use the Zoo Med CHE's. I really did like them and they lasted at least 5-years at a time. I can't explain why but, yes, they used to leave a white powder everywhere. Since they were also white and the dust was a...
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    I'm intrigued... The manufacturer boasts the below warranty and service life: I certainly trust your experience. I'm curious how long ago you used these? I've had mine running for 2-years with no issues and the construction seems good?
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    Hi all, I've been actively pursuing reducing the amount of dust in my tortoises' enclosure (indoor closed chamber). Just wanted to say I noticed my old setup of 3 Ceramic Heat Emitters (CHE's) produced a lot of powdery, white dust on the sliding glass door as they ran. They are an excellent...
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    Update on my baby Taylor since Sept

    Hi there, Sexing most tortoises takes lots of time. The person you purchased Taylor from may have incubated him at a lower temperature and is assuming that produced a male, but it will take at least a few years before those anal scutes and tail start indicating whether s/he is...well, she or...
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    Cherryhead costs. help??

    I would have reservations about purchasing a tortoise without being able to see pictures. But, to each their own. I think $400 for a really good subadult/adult is a reasonable price. I also think it's a bit subjective...it really depends on the qualities of the tortoise and what you're willing...
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    Dust issues with Mulch and Coco Coir

    I think the northeast climate is the biggest issue here. I have a fully closed chamber. There are no openings. The problem is that my heat panel runs constantly to maintain the 80F temperature on the cool end and 86F on the warm, bright end. So, it would take constant buckets of water to...
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    Happy Birthday, Chris!

    Thank you!
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    Dust issues with Mulch and Coco Coir

    Hi all, I've kept redfoots (4) in the northeastern US for about 9 years. I see a lot of recommendations for cypress and hardwood mulch and coconut coir for our tortoises. I've used both and I have to say I'm concerned with the level of dust present in each. Occasionally I turn-over my mulch...
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    To UVB or not to UVB that is the question (Redfoots)

    It's unfortunate you missed the last two sentences of my post. Let me re-state it here: "This is nothing against the original poster, it's just we've gone around this argument before countless times and I'm floored at the arguments against UVB exposure." I'm not referring to you as illogical...
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    To UVB or not to UVB that is the question (Redfoots)

    The sun emits Ultra Violet wave lengths. Most animals utilize this wavelength to synthesize Vitamin D3 which is also an important calcium binder. I see no reason to exclude redfoots, or any animal, from ultra violet wavelengths and deny them the bio-chemistry required to survive and acquire...
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    Quick question (about soaking)

    Sounds like a good plan. I really love the details outlined in Mike Pingleton's book for redfoot care: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19412843-the-redfoot-manual I also greatly appreciate this resource in your neck of the woods (UK) for food items out of the garden...
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    My new MALE Redfoot ZIP.

    This is great! Sounds like the tortoise was aptly named for his enthusiasm to sire...
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    Quick question (about soaking)

    I soaked my tortoises every other day or two for the first year. After that, they had to figure things out on their own. If they have a ceramic-coated or plastic plant saucer that is level with the substrate, they ought to be able to figure out water intake. So long as you don't move the...
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    Setting up a Hova incubator

    This is great, thank you!
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    couple redfoot questions!

    I find a lot of diet information here, though it is not specific to Redfoots: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk
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    The start of Marbling, or just new growth?

    Looks like marbling on the plastron. I don't see marbling on the carapace, just looks like new growth to me. You'd see the same white "feathering" on the carapace as you've observed on the plastron if marbling was occurring there as well.
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    Humidification questions

    I soaked my redfoot hatchlings every couple days for the first year. After that, I didn't soak them. If your humidifier is the "cool mist" (ultrasonic) it may be avoiding the stream because it can lower the temperature in the area that the fog occurs. It's likely avoiding that area due to the...
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    Winterizing the YF Tortoises

    Pine-cone or not, they are great looking tortoises! A couple of my redfoots have some bumps. Nothing major but bumpy none-the-less. I suspect it was from moving; they received a lot of mazuri/zoo med for convenience and were kept in temporary enclosures where the parameters weren't as tight...
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    Winterizing the YF Tortoises

    This is great, thanks for sharing. Beautiful yellow foots!
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