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  1. T Smart

    Growing Rose of Sharron (RoS)

    Hi, Does anyone have experience propagating RoS cuttings? I’m reading mixed information in regards to soil vs water, time of year, length of cutting, seed vs cutting, etc .. and would love some advice. Background, we’ve got two very large RoS already in our backyard, which are quite the...
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    Hello! Just got our first baby tortise.

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    Russian tortoise swollen leg

    Hi! I can't help you identify the injury, but I'm certain someone will be able to help. On the other hand, I would advise you not to let your little friend roam around the house in the future. It's troublesome for a number of reasons. Now, was letting them roam the reason for the injury? Maybe...
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    Need help choosing where to buy a tortoise!

    I don't know enough about cherries, but someone should chime in soon. Make sure to take a look at the care sheets if you haven't already.
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    Need help choosing where to buy a tortoise!

    What species were you thinking?
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    Russian babies

    Give this a read! Baby Russian Tortoise care sheet (also for other herbivorous tortoise species) I wouldn’t suggest leaving them out. Too much can go wrong...
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    My small herd photos

    Man, you’ve got some beautiful tortoises!
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    Very cool! Just curious, what does the outdoor enclosure look like?
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    The idea makes me nervous too! I’ve been reading up on the subject a lot, and might try this winter.
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    Please help - russian tortoise pet hasnt eaten in 1.5 weeks!

    Hi, Do you mind posting a picture of the setup? What are the temperatures within the enclosure? Considering that it sounds more like a setup / husbandry issue, I don’t see a need to visit the vet. There are very experienced members here that can help. If you haven’t already, take a quick...
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    Welcome to the forum!
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    New property on the Imperial River

    Hey Greg, how’s the property coming along?
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    Tortoise flipped in soak

    I’m glad you got back in time! I’ve never had that problem. Sounds very scary. I’m sure you weren’t very far, but try to make a habit of being around while he’s soaking. Lots of members, including myself, will prepare food, clean the enclosure, etc. during soaks. Also, what container are you...
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    Need help identifying new tortoise

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    Re: Outdoor enclosure for rocky

    Hope this gives you some ideas! It’s far from perfect, but Harrison, my Russian, loves it.
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    Many on the forum love orchid bark as a substrate. I personally use coconut coir and cypress mulch, even though it tends to get messy...
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    Who shares your tortoise enclosure with your tortoise?

    One of Harrison’s favorite hiding spots is an old rabbit nest.