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  1. HoosierTort

    Are my Russians two different subspecies?

    Once I have all my slides done and the data is all put together, I will absolutely share here! I would love to see more people grouping them correctly as it’s shown to help with fertility. Many only have one subspecies just by chance. Most of the ones imported have been three subspecies and...
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    Are my Russians two different subspecies?

    I’m actually going to be speaking this year at TTPG about Russian tortoises and all 6 subspecies. There are actually 5 valid and 1 extinct subspecies. Sadly, the information EgyptianDan had posted isn’t completely correct and leaves information. A certain website about Russians also has many...
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    The Best Way To Raise Any Temperate Species Of Tortoise

    You’ve heard correct. I try to help as much as I can but they delete my comments and links.
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    The Best Way To Raise Any Temperate Species Of Tortoise

    I’m dropping out of all tortoise Facebook groups. Noelia is a Nazi. Removed my link to this trying to help a lady with surprise hatchlings. Ugh
  5. HoosierTort

    Soaking

    Tbh, they usually don’t mind at all and will begin to eat and eat and eat now that it is much easier to do.
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    Soaking

    I use a glass to tape them onto so they can’t get off and I have two free hands to work with. I hold their head out with one hand and dremmel the with the other.
  7. HoosierTort

    Soaking

    I always put a rock or stone in the dish so they have something to claw onto if they flip. A slightly smaller clay saucer inside these deeper dishes also works. But I’m home with mine 24/7 so that helps too.
  8. HoosierTort

    Soaking

    $90 for a beak trim??? Holy cow I should start offering it for $50 and make a killing! Jk! I do it for free when people local contact me. I can run you through how to do it if you have a dremmel tool?
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    Soaking vs watering?

    I don’t pull any of my adult Russians or Hermanns tortoises out to soak unless they’re sick. I do run a sprinkler and at the same time I have a hose I let run and make pools in their enclosures. They come out and drink up as I have seen Russians do in the wild(much like box turtles do during...
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    TORTOISE HERPES?!?!?!?!?!? Help? Advice?

    I have dealt with HV several times and it is why I quarantine for a full year now. I also have all my Russian tortoises tested when they come in. First thing to do is isolate the sick in small enclosures. I have enough outdoors that I just give them a 2’x4’ or 4’x4’. Make sure it gets plenty...
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    Poorly Russian (again)

    I’m glad you came here for some help. Please don’t take offense to answers or questions anyone has said or asked. They’re just trying to get a full picture of what is going on. As for the substrate, I don’t buy into the whole NO SAND thing. I use it in almost every enclosure I have any I’ve...
  12. HoosierTort

    Free Hatchling Burmese Star Tortoise

    Not anywhere close to breeding them yet. I am doing this with my spengleri though.
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    Free Hatchling Burmese Star Tortoise

    I’ve always done well in finding the right people for whatever I’m gifting. It is absolutely important to vet them, I agree. Maybe I’m good at reading people, but I can generally tell if someone is who they say.
  14. HoosierTort

    Aldabra Size Progression Through Time

    The good old iPhone note app! Lol, all mind are in that too.
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    New Hatchling Aldabra owner

    I’m glad I read this. I ended up being able to grab two Aldabra now and I’m trying to figure out how large of a setup to go with. I had planned on a clear sterelite tub but I’m going to just do a tuff stuff 110 with plastic covering the top for my closed chamber. They’ll be in my turtle room...
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    Captive Maintenance of the Radiated Tortoise

    Mine arrives tomorrow so I looked back over this before it gets here. Thanks for a great guide!
  17. HoosierTort

    Aldabra Size Progression Through Time

    I have two arriving tomorrow and will be tracking all their data. I’m crazy excited!!
  18. HoosierTort

    New radiata and Aldabra coming in 1 week!

    We are looking for land to build on and I plan to do a finished pole barn and greenhouse for the tortoises. I can’t wait!
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    New radiata and Aldabra coming in 1 week!

    I was rolling. Screaming when I realized it was really happening. I teared up a little when he first offered me. No joke.
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