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    Need help with weed identification

    Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I posted here. Hi Tom! Anyways, we moved to the Central Valley in California about 2 years ago and I now have new weeds to identify. This winter, I was blessed with a plush spread of green weeds growing through my yard...COMPLETELY different from the ones...
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    Humidity and night drops

    Does anyone have info on the humidity and temperatures for day vs night in various African countries where leopards are found? Been discussing that article about nocturnal heat on a Facebook group and it got me thinking... I know that damp and cold can cause RIs and that’s why we keep the temps...
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    Activity level for tortoises

    Hi all, If anyone has followed my previous posts about my Hoppy a leopard tortoise, you’ll know he’s never been a great eater or grower. Anyways, he’s about 11 months old now and just at 96 grams. I read all the time that tortoises need exercise and should be provided with a large enclosure...
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    Found another weed, ID anyone?

    Found another weed in my yard that looks edible but can’t figure out what it is. Hoppy took a few bites from it when he was wandering in the yard. He is the pickiest eater and surprised me when he took to the tassleflower and Florida pusley so when I saw him nibbling on this, I thought it has to...
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    Can anyone identify this weed? Florida

    So I just moved back to my house where there are tons of weeds and no known chemical use. I just can’t find the name of these guys on google so figured I’d ask. These 2 weeds grow all over my front yard. The first two pics I think is some sort of nettle? And then second two pics grows in a vine...
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    Hibiscus powder

    So if anyone has been reading my posts on my super slow growing leo Hoppy, I recently mentioned that he really started eating for me about 2-3 months ago when I found out his breeder was mainly feeding him romaine lettuce, carrots, strawberry tops, and cactus pads. When I first got him I started...
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    Ojai Sulcata Project

    So I stumbled upon a tortoise youtuber who has switched from an open air enclosure for her tortoises to one with an enclosed canopy top (like the triangle shaped greenhouses some of you use). In one of her old videos she stated that hatchlings should be set up in an open air tub and I asked if...
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    Finally some growth!

    I got Hoppy (leopard tortoise) in December around 3.5 months old. For the first 2 months I had him he didn't gain any weight and I got really worried about hatchling failure. After talking more to his breeder, it sounds like he was fed a diet of romaine lettuce, cactus, carrots, and strawberry...
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    Shell rot in leopard tortoise.

    Reposting here to see if I can reach more people. Around New Years, I noticed a white spot on the bottom of Hoppy's shell. It started out tiny, got a bit bigger, and then no change for a long time. Just today, I was scrubbing his shell with a soft toothbrush and now the white spot has peeled...
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    Check out my pet YouTube channel!!!

    My channel is Sticky Feets. Started way before I got my Hoppy (leopard tortoise) who I just learned may or may not have hatchling failure syndrome...he hasn't been gaining weight. So I just made a video about it since there's literally none on YouTube that provides correct info on hatchling...
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    Leopard tortoise weight/growth rate

    hi there, I've had Hoppy (leopard tortoise) for about a month and a half now and it seems like he's only gained about 3 grams. 45 the day I got him and has been varying between 46-48. I try to weigh him after he poops cuz one night he was up to 52 and I got really excited. But then he pooped...
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    Is this shell rot?

    Hi tortoise friends. I was cleaning Hoppy today and noticed a bright white spot in the middle of his bottom right scute. his scute doesn't feel squishy or anything but I looked up a pic I posted of him a few days ago and it was there too! It almost looks like the white is shrinking in size too...
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    UV meter really worth buying?

    Hi all, I read some old threads about reliable UV meters and it appears that the $250 Solarmeter 6.5 is the only good one. With that said though, how does this actually save you costs with the initial cost being so high? I was thinking of adding a Reptisun 10.0 T8 18in bulb to my tort's...
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    Too early to sex my hatchling

    hey guys, my leopard tortoise is 4.5 months old right now and still smaller than a tennis ball (straight plastron length is 5cm) but I saw an old thread where Tom was able to correctly GUESS the sex of some hatchlings cuz their anal scutes were very obvious. I took a look at Hoppy's scutes today...
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    Cheapest closed chamber ever

    Hi I'm new here. Learned about closed chambers a few days ago so I converted my Hoppy's open air tub setup to a closed chamber today. Basically just a 50 gallon plastic storage bin. I split the lid in half hot dog style so that I can access the inside by pulling off the front half without...
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    Using plastic storage bin as closed chamber

    So I just learned about housing baby torts in a closed chamber setups instead of the more popular open air tortoise table. I just got my Hoppy, a leopard tortoise 2 weeks ago and had him in an open air tub. But I was worried about him showing signs of pyramiding when I first got him. The breeder...
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    Meet Hoppy the leopard tortoise

    Just got my first tortoise 2 weeks ago at the Orlando Repticon. He's about 3 months old. We live in Orlando Florida so he gets to be outside more with the humidity. But been cooped up inside since I got him due to the recent cold snap. He's also featured on my YouTube channel Sticky Feets...
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