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  1. crimson_lotus

    How To Line New Enclosure -

    Hi All, I have a new indoor enclosure for my Redfoot, ready to go minus the pond lining. My question is - should I use industrial staples to attach the pond liner? I have been doing this with her current enclosure, but she is just so BIG and the staples rust...she ends up ripping them off of...
  2. crimson_lotus

    Redfoot Tortoise Enclosure Build - Radiant Heat Panels vs CHE's, and Acrylic questions

    I currently have a 4x4 enclosure with 2 x 100w CHE's that just barely meets the heat requirements of 80 degrees at the coldest spots - sometimes dipping to 75 or 70 if it's around 10 degrees outside. The room she is in is unfortunately affected by outside temperatures as it is right above the...
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    I've noticed my water turtle's eyes, only the top of them, have become gradually red and puffy over the past week. Now, I did buy him a new basking light last week (MVB, not coil) with the same wattage as the light he already had (100w) at the same distance to the basking spot. Even so, perhaps...
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    Homemade Basking Spot Question

    I just made a new, larger basking spot for my male map turtle, and I had a quick question about the porcelain tile sheet I bought from Home Depot and how to best attach it to the egg crate platform. On one of the pictures you can see each tile is attached by some sort of glue, which may not be...
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    Recommendations for Buying Large (roughly 8'x4') Pre-made Indoor Enclosure

    It's long overdue - I need to get my Redfoot a larger enclosure. If I had to guess, I'd say my tortoises shell is about 10 inches long and I'd estimate her age to be between 7 and 10 years old. She is probably still growing. I've had her for about 5 years. I live in the Northeast so...
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    External Canister Filter busted - 40g leaked onto floor. Suggestions going forward appreciated

    Earlier this week, I came home from work to find that my Fluval 306 canister filter had leaked all of the water from my 40g turtle tank onto my carpeted basement floor. The cleaning, drying, and mold preventing process is not fun, and is still in process. The mat under my carpet is what refuses...
  7. crimson_lotus

    outdoor enclosure substrate for a rock eater

    I have a little patch reserved for my tortoise in the backyard with some hibiscus, hosta, and grasses planted in an 8 x 8 space. There are a lot of rocks in the backyard as the house was built on a boulder, and I suppose the excess pebbles from the initial blast remain. Anyway, she seems to...
  8. crimson_lotus

    What kind of map turtle?

    Hello, I've had my map turtle Tama for about a year now, and upon receiving him I was told that he was specifically a Mississippi map turtle. After looking at Mississippi maps, I honestly don't think so. I think he might be a Ouachita, but not sure. I have attached pictures if anyone can help...
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    Possible Shell Rot on Map Turtle?

    Here are some pictures of Tama's shell..does it look like shell rot, or is it just old damage? Everything is dry, no oozing. He seems to be bothered by even a soft touch on the top of the shell. The head injury is healing up, and I've been putting antibiotics over the wound daily. You can see...
  10. crimson_lotus

    Turtle Bleeding from Mouth

    Hey guys, I received a Mississippi Map Turtle on Monday afternoon and I think something is seriously wrong with him. He won't eat, he's bleeding from his mouth, and when I wipe it off, more just comes out. Checked his plastron, not pink or anything. He has some white goo stuck to him that...
  11. crimson_lotus

    Mississippi Map Turtle Advice

    So I've had a tortoise for about 2 years...walked into the pet store to get some more sphagnum moss for her to hang out in, and noticed two turtles - one African Side Necked and one adult Mississippi Map together in the same enclosure, the side neck obviously the more dominant and biting at the...
  12. crimson_lotus

    Sneezing at night

    I've been a little worried about Charlotte, my Red Footed Tortoise, and the frequency of her sneezing lately. It's possible that I'm worrying for no reason, but I thought I would get some second opinions on the matter regardless of how dumb or minor it may seem. My tortoises enclosure is...
  13. crimson_lotus

    Keeping my Tortoise Warm During Blackout

    So we're getting hit by a snowstorm tomorrow night and I'm afraid of my Redfoot not having heat for a day or two if there is a blackout :( I bought some of those hand warmers I could place in a shoebox to keep her warm...for a while...but I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and...
  14. crimson_lotus

    It's been a whole year!

    So it's been a year since I brought my Charlotte home. She's grown about 3 inches all around and she looks (and hopefully feels) a lot better than she used to! The first picture was taken on the day I brought her home, The second was taken about a month later (I think the brown spots are the dry...
  15. crimson_lotus

    Greek Care Sheet

    I don't have a Greek or anything, I was just curious. http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/greek-tortoise-testudo-graeca-care-sheet-overview.87146/ The care sheet on this forum states that the best substrates to use include wood shavings, topsoil mixed with play sand, and it even states that...
  16. crimson_lotus

    Cute adoption page for Wormslayer the 3 toed box turtle (MA)

    https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30723008
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    Worn out shell around her neck...

    So I've been looking at other tortoise pictures and I don't see any that appear worn around the neck area. Is this something to worry about? It's not dust or anything, I've tried wiping it off, but it just looks like the shell around her neck is faded like a used shoe or something. She has also...
  18. crimson_lotus

    Weird bowel movements (Picture included)

    In the past 2 weeks my tortoise has been pooping irregularly. I soak her daily and probably every other day she poops. Last week her stool was incredibly watery - I fed her an egg, cucumbers, mixed greens, turnip greens, and cactus fruit. It was like she had diarrhea in her enclosure for the...
  19. crimson_lotus

    Tortoise is digging a hole with her back legs, is she trying to lay eggs?

    So my tortoise has been digging a hole with her back legs for about a half hour now, and I mean, she can't really dig any deeper since she's just scratching against the bottom of her enclosure. Can these guys lay infertile eggs?
  20. crimson_lotus

    UVB Fixture and bulb recommendation 4x4 enclosure

    So I bought my Redfoot Charlotte a Zoo Med Reptisun Terrarium Hood 36" and it's AWFUL. I mean, I can't even get it to turn on anymore and I bought this thing three weeks ago. My Redfoot is currently sitting in the dark right now because of this piece of crap. Now I'm in search of another UVB...
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