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  1. SarahChelonoidis

    I hope this one is a joke I don't know if this person is an idiot or joking, but either way, it looks like someone glued some fabric to this Russian tortoise.
  2. SarahChelonoidis

    I slept with my tortoise...

    I have a big box of large hand warmers for emergencies.
  3. SarahChelonoidis

    Do tortoises play?

    I didn't know you had chacos- have you posted photos here? They're beautiful tortoises.
  4. SarahChelonoidis

    Help! Tortoise Foot Fell Off!

    You need a vet that will see a tortoise, but a herpetologist is not the word for a vet that treats reptiles, it's the name for a scientist who studies reptiles and amphibians. An emergency vet clinic is your best place to start looking.
  5. SarahChelonoidis

    Help! Tortoise Foot Fell Off!

    You don't need a herpetologist, you just need to find a vet.
  6. SarahChelonoidis

    My Sulcata has a URI

    What are your night temperatures? What humidity does your indoor enclosure stay at over night? Not all vets are actually familiar with modern tortoise care. Temperatures being too low is generally the first thing to confirm with an RI- did your vet advise bumping temperatures up while undergoing...
  7. SarahChelonoidis

    is this tortoise healthy?

    No, it does not mean this.
  8. SarahChelonoidis

    Help Identifying My Tortoise

    That's a Russian.
  9. SarahChelonoidis

    White stuff from my tortoise is it normal?

    Looks like it. But you are in a better place to judge the consistency than I through a photo.
  10. SarahChelonoidis

    White stuff from my tortoise is it normal?

    It is normal and called urates (concentrated uric acid). Urates are formed by many species of tortoise (but not all species) as a consequence of protein metabolism. For a tortoise that is well hydrated, urates should have the consistency anywhere between a liquid and toothpaste.
  11. SarahChelonoidis

    Can someone tell me what species my tortoise is?

    You'll need to post a photo. If you included one, it hasn't come through on your post yet.
  12. SarahChelonoidis

    sometimes i want to cry

    I wouldn't use a human multivitamin for tortoises, as the ratio of vitamins has been optimized for humans, not tortoises. You can buy tortoise-friendly multivitamins if you feel your diet is lacking.
  13. SarahChelonoidis

    new member

    What is the fluorescent tube light you have - is it for UVb? Can your tortoise get directly under the light or is it directly above his large hide (I can't tell if there is a space behind the house for the tortoise to get under the light)?
  14. SarahChelonoidis

    sometimes i want to cry

    When you want to talk about tortoise nutrition and what diet is best, you really need to specific what species you are talking about, as all species have different natural diets so it doesn't really make sense saying yes or no to certain foods in general. There is a debate to be had around...
  15. SarahChelonoidis

    Adopted tortoise with 1) very old/severely broken shell 2) skin oozing between shell plates?

    I agree about them being hingebacks, but I don't know which one(s).
  16. SarahChelonoidis

    A Very Very Special Birthday Girl:

    Happy birthday, Maggie!
  17. SarahChelonoidis

    Found a tortoise

    This is a Russian tortoise. Good luck tracking down the owners.
  18. SarahChelonoidis

    MVB for Tortoise House

    I'm surprised - as a fellow Ontarian - you've gotten by with only using a CHE in the winter so far. I use radiant heat panels on thermostats as they're the only way I could keep my night temperatures high enough (I don't like my entire house to be 27C day and night, but footed tortoises do). I...
  19. SarahChelonoidis

    New Leopard hatchlings any advice appreciated

    Hi Ramsey, how long have you been keeping your leopards together and how many are you keeping together? Many keepers here support keeping groups together - that seems to even help some hatchlings thrive. Keeping pairs is generally what is discouraged since group dynamics vs pair dynamics are...