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  1. Falcon70

    Help Building a New Outdoor Enclosure for Year Round Use

    Fantastic, thank you for all this! I’ll check out those other videos, and see what I can come up with.
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    Help Building a New Outdoor Enclosure for Year Round Use

    Very neat, I think I’d be able to figure that out. Thanks for attaching the video explaining it! Having some nursery space for plants and young trees is a definite plus, so like that shelving idea. We have a mini excavator, so digging will be easy. Do you have a set-up like this, or know...
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    Help Building a New Outdoor Enclosure for Year Round Use

    Hey all! I'm looking to build my Russian tortoise a new outdoor enclosure. The old one has done an admirable job over the years, but is tired. Plus, I'm moving and Mzee's going to have a much bigger yard to roam, so it's time to expand and improve. I've been browsing through the enclosure...
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    Necrotic Prolapse Cuora flavomarginata

    Are you in NC? Contact NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Exotic Animal Service (919.513.6999). Tell them you need an emergency appointment. Great team of experts.
  5. Falcon70

    Year 14

    Onto year 14 with Mzee, the (occasional) carrot crushing Russian tortoise! Don’t worry, I was given permission to release these sneak previews of the new Jurassic World movie. Got her as an adult, so no idea on age, but she’s still young in spirit
  6. Falcon70

    Are these little bumps normal?

    I wouldn't be concerned right now. Like other reptiles, tortoises shed, just in a different way than snakes and lizards because of their shell. Pieces come off bit-by-bit. Might be some retained shed, or pieces getting ready to fall off. You can try increasing to daily soakings for the next week...
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    Something wrong or living his best life?

    Agree with ZenHerper here. Unless you're matching the intensity of natural lighting from the spring/summer with artificial light, they're hardwired to slow down, even with stable temperatures. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. My Russian is also pretty lazy when she comes inside...
  8. Falcon70

    Hardware Store T5 HO Light Fixture

    Thanks Mark. I was reading through your thread on the topic, and it's tremendous work. Though anecdotal evidence can be useful, evidence through research and numbers is unmatched. It's interesting to see how far knowledge on UVB lighting has come in the last decade or so!
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    Hardware Store T5 HO Light Fixture

    I came across them, and am very impressed. Especially with their website, and the species specific lighting guide/UV education portion. I don't personally have a UV meter, but have a friend who will let me use it to set things up/check every couple months. Arcadia supplies are seemingly scarce...
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    Hardware Store T5 HO Light Fixture

    HO part makes sense. Don’t mind paying extra if it’s worth it, and it sounds like it is. Exactly why I asked. Thanks!
  11. Falcon70

    Hardware Store T5 HO Light Fixture

    Hey all, it's been a while! I've had to take my Russian tortoise inside for the time being while in the process of moving. As a result, I'm looking to overhaul my lighting, and want to move over to the ReptiSun T5 HO line. To save money, is it possible to use a hardware store equivalent light...
  12. Falcon70

    New and in need of help! (Russian picky eater)

    Welcome! Like the others said, just try to sneak in other, more beneficial foods such as the different weeds growing in your yard, which what she'll currently eat. They can hold out on food for a pretty long time, but eventually she'll cave and start eating what she should be. Russians are tough...
  13. Falcon70

    Tortoise shell odd white lines & Circles

    Perfectly normal! You have a very nice tortoise :)
  14. Falcon70

    Helpp Russain tortoise Shell rot?

    Are you talking about the little white marks? Those look like old scrapes and dings, nothing to worry about. I don't see any shell rot.
  15. Falcon70

    New Red-footed Tortoise Owner

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    Hello from sunny England

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    New here

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    That may be one of my favorite pictures yet!