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  1. texastort17

    How to treat outdoor enclosure wood?

    Hello all! I previously bought a rabbit hutch to put inside her outdoor enclosure and my tort loves to tuck herself in at night. The thing has lasted longer than I thought it would and worked really well. However, we got a ton of rain last year so after two years I’m now having to buy a new...
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    Opossum found near my enclosure

    I’ll include a photo of the portions they could get in. It was constructed pretty quickly last summer, but we’re definitely going to build one sans the cinder blocks. My dad kept her for 5+ year outdoors without a top lid no issue, but I wanted to make sure it was secure so she and I both slept...
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    Opossum found near my enclosure

    Our enclosure we’re currently building is going to be one with lids that have hinges and locks on them, but would you still recommend tucking her up at night? I have a rabbit hutch for her main hide, but she tends to prefer to dig down during the evening and sometimes I do struggle to spot her...
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    Opossum found near my enclosure

    TLDR; found a small opossum outside, brought my fully grown Russian tort inside (probably out of paranoia, I know), and want to know what level threat I’m dealing with. Hello all. I’ve just found our first opossum outside this morning. I used a hose to scare it off twice, but it kept coming...
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    It doesn’t seem like they are as much this time. I did put granules on the outside as well, so it would hopefully target other types.
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Thank you! I’ll store this info just in case.
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    I’ve been refreshing them as soon as I notice they’re empty, I was just thrown because last time it only needed one round whereas this one has needed to be refreshed twice now.
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Oh wow, I’ve been such a worrying mess all weekend. Thank you!
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Oh yes, forgot to include that. It is outdoors. I’m just struggling to be sure if it’s fire ants or not. They’re a combo color, definitely not just red. They also run away whenever I get near, versus attacking like I’ve experienced before. And there’s no ant hill in sight in the entire backyard...
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    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Hello all. For reference, I’m in north texas where we haven’t had rain in quite some time. I have a few plants (which I kept in pots so I could take them inside during winter) within my tortoises cage. Long story short, I attempted to keep them alive with a solid soak, the abysmal heat were...
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    Miscanthus Safe in Russian Tortoise outdoor enclosure?

    Hello all. I’m trying to figure out some new plants for my outdoor enclosure and I came across this one a few time son recommended. The reason I ask you all about it is because on tortoisetable it mentions it within another grass plant, but doesn’t specify if this one in particular is safe. I...
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    Oh yes, I found out the hard way my girl is a picky one. I didn’t think to mince it up though, thanks for that tip!
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    I’ll be grabbing a bit of both and setting up a taste testing for her tomorrow morning. In fact, I’m fairly certain I can already hear her thanking y’all. 🐢
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    This makes sense! I kept seeing warnings regarding over feeding, so as a chronic over worrier I didn’t want to accidentally do that. However, now I know better thanks to y’all! :)
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    Thanks for this! I’ll make sure to make those changes with tomorrow’s serving. I’ve also just gone and ordered a seed pack from tortoise supply, so hopefully they’ll come in soon.
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    Sure! Got one of her peeking out of her house and another during a soak.
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    I do add in local weeds that are cleared on the tortoise table and dandelions as well, just didn’t have the names off the top of my head as I wrote it out.
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    Okay, perfect, thank you! We’ve got the recommend enclosure size, I’m just working on getting those weeds growing within it. :) I’m doing wheatgrass, do you recommend any other kinds?
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    Russian Tortoise is hungry twice a day?

    Hello all. I’ve read that you should feed your tortoise once a day about the size of a shell. I’ve got a 15 year old female who has lived outdoors before I got her (and still lives outdoors currently). She does two kinds of pacing: one is bored and the other is demanding a refill of food. When...
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    Russian Tort burrowing during the summer heat

    We went in and finally found her. She was under some damp soil, just hanging out. Thanks for the advice!
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