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    circles under my tortoises shell

    Ok great! Thank you
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    circles under my tortoises shell

    What are these circles on my tortoises shell when I get him wet?
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Thank you for responding. The runny nose is thick but not colored. There are bubbles sometimes and on occasion I hear a congested breathing. Kind of like we have when we have a plugged and runny nose. I am in SoCal, Long Beach to be exact. I’ve been keeping it hot hoping to clear this up. I’ll...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Runny nose is still happening. Not at all times but it’s there on and off. I even see it when I go to let him out in the morning after being in his warm home all night. I don’t know at what point I take him to the vet. Like I said he eats a lot and seems fine. But this is a new home and a new...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    How long should it take for his nose to stop running? He’s got the heat now but still has a runny nose and small bubbles. Is it just stress of being in a new home? I have no idea how he lived in his previous life so things could be entirely different and stressing him. He eats a ton though so at...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Tom do you have any close ups of how you hinged the door on this thing? When we do it there is a gap but on one of your images it appears flush. This thing is quite the build haha. Hopefully he can have this for many many years because with the price of lumber and the panels it’s costing over...
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    Single Tortoise Night Box

    Are there sizes like height and size of door etc for this? A shopping list with sizes to buy?
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Hello Tom, Do you have a list of supplies for the single sized tortoise box? My husband is finally home and ready to build today. But we only see a list of supplies for the 4x8 box.
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Well thank you for that. I appreciate it. I work hard for my animals. Yesterday was sunny so he was out and about moving all over my yard and it made me so happy. Once we get his proper home set up I will feel much better. But I grow all of his food so he sure is spoiled. He gets fresh mulberry...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Thank you for your reply. I am so eager to get this new home made. But I am at the mercy of the builder haha. But he isn’t pulling his leg in anymore. He’s sleeping and just lets me touch it and move it around a bit. I have to actually move his whole body and then he moves and wakes up. Gives...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Also dumb question but is this normal back feet? All of those scales?
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Hello, so an update and questions. Right now I am still bringing him in my house at night to keep him at 85 degrees. In the morning he wants out of the box he sleeps in so I bring him back out to his home and crank up the heat on those two pads. During the day his home stays 80-85. But it’s been...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Tom what radiant heat panel do you suggest for the top of this single tortoise box?
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    This all makes sense. I am learning so much. I may have to build a whole new home because I’m realizing if I lower the roof the radiant heat panels in 80 watts are all a bit longer. This won’t allow Alfred to walk away to the cooler side of his house because it will be covering more than 50%...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Wonderful idea! I am going to get a radiant heat panel and do that. I can return the Kane mat. And surprise surprise this didn’t work. I went outside to check the temperature and it was 76 in his home and 63 outside. So I brought him back into my tiny bathroom with the heater set to 85. Do...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    The I’ll just swap this Kane mat out for an 18x18 if I can find it. I’m probably not making a larger box. He goes sleeps and then comes out and wanders our giant backyard. I won’t have him burmate in this box. Any suggestions on a wall mounted heat source? Besides one that I have to build a...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Thank you so much for your kind words. This all has all been so helpful. Ok everyone I am attaching two options for set ups with my mats. I have a feeling the red one should be against the wall because I know they need more room to get off the mat when they feel hot. But let me know. I will be...
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    Ok can someone send me a link for a radiant heat panel? I’d like to buy the correct thing once since these things are super expensive. I make sure he is in his home locked up every single night because I am worried about something getting him. So that won’t be a problem.
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    Help! Desert tortoise runny nose

    I really appreciate this explanation and wish I was told this prior. Ok so I am only bringing him inside at night because I’m waiting on the mats. They are hopefully arriving today or tomorrow. So this is temporary because it’s still cold at night. He is new to me as in we got him while he was...
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