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  1. pawsplus

    Who has the oldest tortoise on the forum

    Beasley is "only" 22, but I know her exact hatchday, so at least I DO know her age for sure. :-).
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    To hit or not to hit

    They learn routine. My redfoot is out all day long from April - October, but I bring her in at night. It is not safe outside at night--even though she is fairly large, she is at risk from raccoons at the very least, and there are also bobcats and coyotes in my rural area. She comes in and...
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    To hit or not to hit

    Goodness. Sit in a chair and lift your legs up. Put them on the railing. This isn't brain surgery.
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    Enrichment in enclosure

    I agree. The tortoise feels unsafe and exposed. Baby torts spend most of their day hiding. Provide more places to hide.
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    New Redfoot Tort Owner!

    They don't, though. Yellowfoots do. Redfoots are tortoises of the edges. They are usually found on the outskirts of forests, in the grassier, shrubbier area. This has been documented by, among others, the Vinkes.
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    Redfoot reducing food intake

    What do you mean by 6 hours a day of visible light? It's otherwise dark? You want 10-12 hours of light. Not bright light--as forest torts, they don't like that. But light of some sort.
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    Daily soaks

    I still soak my redfoot (now 22) most days. Some days I get too busy, but I try to do it. She soaks in the bathtub these days.
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    IS a lid needed if my dog can get my tortiose?

    Absolutely protect the tortoise. My dogs have zero access to my tortoise. I even put a wire and concrete barrier on their side of the common fence between their yard and Beasley's pen.
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    Why are some against keeping juveniles outside?

    As I think was clear from my post, I was talking about what I did when Beasley was a baby. I got her in Oct but from the next Spring she was out as much as possible from April-Oct in a very secure enclosure.
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    Help!! (Wants out of his cage)

    I don't see how you can help that, as most torts are eventually going to get time in an outdoor enclosure. I find that every fall, Beasley takes a month or so to stop asking me to take her outside, as I do every AM from late April through early Oct. Whenever she sees me, she rushes over and...
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    Why are some against keeping juveniles outside?

    Predators are not an issue if the person builds a safe enclosure and does not leave them out at night. I live in a humid, hot place and my tortoise was outside during much of the day from the spring after I got her in Oct. of 1998. She was safe and I feel good about her living a natural life and...
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    Red foot tortoise protein source

    OK. Well, I treat mushrooms as a regular part of the diet. After all, they grow right non the ground, so are readily available pretty often to wild redfoots.
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    Red foot tortoise protein source

    I am curious where folks got the information that mushrooms are high in protein. They really aren't, as far as I can tell.
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    Should I take my tort to the vet?

    Assuming you can find an experienced reptile vet (and they do exist in larger cities), it is a good idea to at least establish a relationship with that vet prior to an emergency. Being an established client will get you in the door faster.
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    What's for tort Christmas presents?

    Every day is Christmas for my animals. 😁 So I don't really do anything differently on the day!
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    They must have significant nutrition. During some parts of the year they make up 40% of the total diet of wild redfoots, according to the Vinkes.
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    Beet Pulp...

    I wouldn't feed beet pulp to a tortoise (and I also have horses). Honestly, I'm not a fan of it for horses, as it's a pretty unnatural substance (just the fibrous part left when everything else has been removed for other purposes--it's really just a by-product they found a use for). I give my...
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    Plain and simple enclosure or!

    Post some pix! 😊
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    Table top enclosure

    Put it under the CHE. Mine stays nice and warm.
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    Soaking temp

    Beasley likes it on the warm side and when I put her in she spreads out and soaks happily. But when she's done she is done. Once she poops, I can't clean it up and give her fresh water. She just keeps trying to climb out and slamming into the bottom of the bathrub. She gets most annoyed if I try...