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  1. theTurtleRoom


    Hello! Welcome to the forum! We'd love to see some pictures of your little ones and some more information about them as well!
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    Baby Sulcata Help

    This basically covers it but I would add that you can probably save yourself the trouble of checking with the pet store, they likely have no idea what they are talking about. If you are concerned about the health of your tortoise find yourself a vet that specializes in them in your area. There...
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    2019 Kinixys zombensis

    Wow, what a beauty! Congrats, Jeremy!
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    star tortoise penis

    Yeah, it can be shocking the first time you see it but that is completely normal, lol. Turtles & Tortoises has some of the larger packages relative to body size in the animal kingdom.
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    I may be rescuing a russian in a DIRE situation

    This just highlights the tragedy of these animals being sold casually from pet stores to people who have no idea what they are getting into BY people who have no idea what they are doing. Such a shame.
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    When they tell you your tortoise was farm raised what exactly does that mean ?

    I am not familiar with that terminology myself but I did find a thread on here that might answer your question:
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    Need identification

    Yeah, unless it was in some peril (hanging out in the road etc.) I would recommend just leaving it be. There are heavy fines associated with even 'harassing' Gopher tortoises in Florida which even picking it up as you did for your pictures could be considered. Unless you are really worried you...
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    Taken/stolen star tortoise

    Years ago when I lived in Florida our Sulcata managed to get over his enclosure wall and disappear. We put up fliers and eventually a neighbor reported seeing him being picked up by a construction crew foreman who mistook him for a Gopher tortoise as he wandered down the sidewalk. (Why their...
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    Hello, a new member in Atlanta

    Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you are off on the right track! Often pet stores sell wild caught specimens, as opposed to captive bred, so any age estimate they gave you would likely be nothing more than a guess. Often people are told that they are babies because pet stores usually sell...
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    My leopard baby seems not digesting

    Would love to see shots of your updated enclosure once you've finished! Lucky to have exactly what you needed on hand!
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    New tortoise mom seeking advice on species

    You are quite lucky he is not a Gopher or Desert Tortoise as those are both aggressively protected! He's a handsome little dude!
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    question on the Leopard and Sulcata Care Guide pdf

    Here are some links for when you DO start thinking about moving them outside since I just saw them posted in another thread:
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    question on the Leopard and Sulcata Care Guide pdf

    @Yvonne G I'm fairly handy with graphical software, if you ever wanted to create your own visual care sheets that have the most up-to-date and clear information I could see that being very valuable! Just let me know!
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    question on the Leopard and Sulcata Care Guide pdf

    If they have a specific log they like to hunker down in for the night I would suggest at least getting an under-tank heatpad for during the night hours when your other heating elements are not on. A couple of $5 timers from any hardware store and you could set them to come on at opposite hours...
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    question on the Leopard and Sulcata Care Guide pdf

    Once you transition your Sulcata to outside you will need to look into outdoor heating options for when it gets cool or prep to bring them indoors. You will find lots of heated doghouse type structures on here from people who keep their tortoises outside year round. Being coldblooded they do not...
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    ProRep Tortoise Life, any good?

    Tortoises require higher humidity than people generally consider so if the substrate is dusty I would definitely suggest you spritz it down. Make sure the temperatures are high enough though because cold+damp is a bad combo. Not familiar with the specific substrate but I can tell you that we as...
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    Change of lighting

    Would it be possible to see a picture of the enclosure set up? What are your temperatures like now that you have changed your lighting?
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    Russian tortoise not active??

    All tortoises grow at a different rate but I will admit that does seem like a small amount of growth for such an active eater, though Russians are a smaller species than I have typically kept so they may just grow slower in general to take a similar amount of time to reach full size as other...
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    question on the Leopard and Sulcata Care Guide pdf

    You may be correct, I cannot say for certain as most information online indicates that "These tortoises inhabit deserts and semiarid regions in northern Africa. They are commonly found in grasslands, deserts, savannas, and thorn scrubland." and I have not been fortunate enough to see them in the...
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    Sulcata breathing loud at times

    The lower temperatures is probably all that is causing his lowered appetite. Their metabolisms are tied directly to their body temperatures so as they slow down they eat less. I know that my Sulcata could be vocal as you describe when displeased so if you are only noticing this when he has seen...