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    Cherryhead: Territorial/Bullying...? Breeding...? Advice Please!

    Hello-- This young Brazilian "Cherryhead" (3 years old? 4?) arrived recently, and I introduced it to my creep of 1 male/4 females (one of the females is 8 years old; the others are 5, and I have had the latter since they were hatchlings). As soon as I put the new one in the pen--sex is...
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    Time for Today's Installment of...Male? Female?

    Hello-- Just got this one; purported to be 4 years old. Any thoughts as to the sex? When I dropped it in with my creep of 5 year olds consisting of 1 male/4 females, the established male--who up to now has shown indifference to the females and keeps to himself--kind of freaked. out...
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    Brazilian (Cherry) Plastron

    The picture of extended stubby tail/cloaca look female to me...
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    Brazilian (Cherry) Plastron

    Hello-- I am trying to determine the sex of a 4-year-old Brazilian/Cherryhead. The tail looks female, but the anal scute looks male. The plastron is perfectly flat, though I frequently read that the male Cherryhead may show no concavity to it. Is this in fact correct? Can any actual owner of a...
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    4-yr-old Cherryhead: eyes stay closed when awoken

    We stepped up the bathing regimen from once every 2 or 3 days to twice a day. His eyes now open right away in the mornings. Thanks to all who participated.
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    4-yr-old Cherryhead: eyes stay closed when awoken

    It was just a simple question of dehydration; all is well now. Thank you.
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    4-yr-old Cherryhead: eyes stay closed when awoken

    Hello, and thanks to everyone for opining. I don’t think it’s a question of the sleeping area being too cold, and here’s why: I enclosed the end where their hide is with a custom-fit wall on a Saturday back in November (like I do every year); the temps hadn’t dipped below the high-70s at that...
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    4-yr-old Cherryhead: eyes stay closed when awoken

    Hello: Has anyone experienced this? My 4-yr-old Cherryhead--who appears to be the only male in my creep of 5--takes 30 seconds and sometimes longer to open his eyes when picked up and/or jostled in the mornings. They are outside year 'round here, where we're on an island off the Gulf Coast of...
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    Is Mexican petunia safe?

    Hello Markw84-- Yes; mine looks exactly like that, though it's a sterile strand created by the U of Florida called Purple Showers. All these years I thought it was toxic. Hope all is well up in Sacramento.
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    Is Mexican petunia safe?

    Thank you, MarkW84. The petunia examples shown on the tortoisetable.org.uk site are not at all the same as the "Purple Showers" strand of Ruellia Simplex that we have in Florida, and hence my question.
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    Is Mexican petunia safe?

    Hello fellow Florida people-- Are we certain that Ruellia Simplex/Purple Showers/Mexican Petunia is safe for the Redfoot...? My yard is filled with this (invasive) plant (that I wish I never got involved with) though as I always believed it to be toxic, I have kept my tortoises away from it...
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    Raccoons?

    Hello Z-Pi: Insofar as raccoons are pretty much everywhere, my area is particularly inundated with them. Killing off EVERY raccoon in the area would be simply impossible. So the $64,000 question: Does a full-grown adult RF qualify as a "smallish tortoise"...?
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    Raccoons?

    Hello-- I'm still unsure on this one. A friend of mine who lives on a large farm some 35 miles inland advises his herd of @50 RF and YF adult tortoises are never preyed upon by raccoons. Further, I notice that the Kamp Kenan guy leaves his various species of adult tortoises in open enclosures...
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Interesting, yet all very confusing. I just spoke with the gent from whom I purchased two of my tortoii; he lives on a 20-acre ranch in the middle of the state, and he has a herd of @30 Redfoots and @30 Yellowfoots. He advises that the area there is "infested" with raccoons, but yet he has never...
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Unfortunately I'm not a dog man: I have an admittedly irrational phobia of dog poop.
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Raccoons are everywhere. I'm still having trouble believing that all RF tortoises kept in natural, non-covered habitats have zero raccoons in the area...
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    Redfoots: Yet another request to help determine sexes...

    Hello Frank— Thank you for weighing in. Absolutely no concavity at all on any of them...
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Hello and thanks for the replies. It isn't a question of 1 or 2 raccoons--there are quite a few in the area. The Florida Box Turtle is a fairly common sighting here, so how do they manage to escape the raccoons? There are tons of Kamp Kenan videos with the RFs roaming free on his property: are...
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Any/all input welcomed!
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    Predators/Plants/Habitat for RF

    Hello-- I will start by saying I will abbreviate redfoot to RF, because otherwise spellcheck keeps changing it to REDCOAT... I live in zone 10a on an island off the Gulf Coast of FL and I currently have my group of 4 juvenile (6" or so) RF/CH in a 10' x 4.5' enclosure (see photo). There is a...
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