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  1. _The_Beast_

    a few questions about my new Russian

    It's really great that you're here working to improve this tortoises life! Thank you for asking these questions 🙂 Raising the temps so that basking is 33-35 and cool side is 23-25 may help, along with some good soaks if you're not already doing so. If you can share more info about the set up...
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    Optimus Prime just pass 1000g

    Incredible!!!! I love Optimus Prime updates 😍
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    Shell growing directly down into Tail

    Can confirm my Russian ignores mint (and most other herbs) 😅 That said, I do not think these dietary changes are going to do much of anything to solve the shell issue shown in the photos. They also won't address the pyramiding. OP, I know you've said you don't see it and that this is likely...
  4. _The_Beast_

    Enclosure Progress & some questions 🐢

    We use a digital food scale 🫶
  5. _The_Beast_

    Hermann's Tortoise Surgery Recovery

    Thank you so much for this update! I'm so glad to hear the Zazu is doing so much better. You've taken really great care of her.
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    Enclosure Progress & some questions 🐢

    Forgot to mention weigh day! Friday morning before bath time is when we do weigh ins and measure shell growth :) We also get a gentle shell scrub with a toothbrush (extremely hated experience) on Fridays as all that digging and stomping leads to a messy little dude.
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    Shell growing directly down into Tail

    This sounds like really outdated information on tortoises from when the 'solution' to pyramiding was to limit food intake. I don't think the vet actually knows what they are talking about and I don't think food reduction will solve this issue. Can you post additional photos so we can get a sense...
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    Enclosure Progress & some questions 🐢

    LOVE the pics! Sunny is gorgeous and this enclosure is amazing. My Russian is only 8 months, so does more sleeping and gets daily soaks. Routine currently looks like: 7:00am Basking light comes on 8:00am Room lights and tort is sometimes coming out of their hide 8:30 ~ 9:30am (depending on...
  9. _The_Beast_

    Enjoying some Mexican petunia flowers

    Swwwooooooooooooooooooonn! Omgoodness so sweet. Thank you for sharing the update and the pics :)
  10. _The_Beast_

    Setting up for a Russian Tortoise - Constructive comments welcome

    Wonderful growth!! My little Russian has gone from 61 grams in February to 124 grams this past Friday :D I use a flexible sewing measuring tape to measure length, width, and more recently around the shell (under the tummy) and have seen really wonderful growth there as well (5 cm long in January...
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    Hermann's Tortoise Surgery Recovery

    Amazing!!!! Thank you for the update and I'm glad Zazu was able to pass this healing milestone!
  12. _The_Beast_

    New member from Italy

    Welcome! Thanks for sharing photos :D
  13. _The_Beast_

    Hermann's Tortoise Surgery Recovery

    Aloe vera can help with pooping, as can longer soaks. Are you able to do longer soaks at this point or is there a need to keep them short because of the healing process? If you can, do long soaks (30 min+ or even an hour). This will get more water in through the cloacae and potentially promote...
  14. _The_Beast_

    Newbie Set Up

    How long has Minty been worm free now? I think the worms would have been an issue with growth because they'd be stealing important nutrients. If Minty is worm free and continues to have a good appetite you should start seeing more consistent weight gain. How is shell growth? Does the shell...
  15. _The_Beast_

    Setting up for a Russian Tortoise - Constructive comments welcome

    What a little cutie! Their shell markings look like tiny batman signals 😍
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    Setting up for a Russian Tortoise - Constructive comments welcome

    My Russian hatchling did this once when they got wet mazuri all over their face ... including nostrils and a mushy unicorn horn on their forehead 😂 I double checked the temps (they were fine, nice and toasty) and haven't seen it happen since. If it keeps recurring when not eating or there are...
  17. _The_Beast_

    Setting up for a Russian Tortoise - Constructive comments welcome

    Love the videos and Sandy is looking super cute 🥰
  18. _The_Beast_

    Newbie Set Up

    Hatchling nails are fairly long and will gradually becoming thicker, stubbier, less opaque looking nails providing care is sound (and from this thread the care you're providing is excellent!). The difference in my hatchling's nails from 4 months old to almost 7 months old has been really...
  19. _The_Beast_

    My new baby tortoise suddenly died - thoughts on what could have happened?

    I'm so very sorry for your loss 😣 thank you for sharing this information so that's can be aware of and avoid him.
  20. _The_Beast_

    Setting up for a Russian Tortoise - Constructive comments welcome

    Swoon! Sandy is such a cutie 😍 Thank you to you and your granddaughter for the pics 🥰
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