desert tortoise

  1. J

    Desert Tortoise

    Good Evening, I have a 15 year old desert tortoise, i received her 2 yrs ago, last winter she went into hibernation in Sep and stayed till March. This year Tucson has been having crazy hot record breaking temperatures. She didn’t go in until Nov. 10, but I came home today and she’s back out. I...
  2. BuddysMom2005

    Transitioning about 20 year old desert tortoise

    Hello everyone! I am new here & could really use some advice. I have a desert tortoise, who is about 20 years old. His name is Buddy. We adopted him when I was in about 5th grade. We live in Las Vegas, NV. When we got him, my dad went through the process of making sure he had a super amazing...
  3. L

    Smartest tortoise ever!

    I saw this video a few days ago, I can't stop watching it and I thought I would share it in here. It's so funny It's worth watching, the description is in spanish and that's a desert tortoise so I'm guessing that's Sonora, Mexico. It says the tortoise escaped twice so they decided to record it...
  4. L

    She ate toxic plants?!

    Hi! I'm desperate for help please! I have a sonoran desert tortoise of about 6 years old, she's been eating this plants outside for a few months and she's been doing fine she loves them, an older woman recommend I give them to her like she did to her tortoises, but recently my tortoise keeps...
  5. Tokka

    Sulcata or Desert Tortoise?

    Can anyone identify this little girl? Live in AZ. We love her spunky personality. Live in an area with many roadrunners and found her in the middle of a busy road. She’s already grown 2” in a few months. Very active.
  6. T

    How do you cope with tortoise loss?

    Sorry for a depressing post, but I would like to know how others cope with their tortoise loss. I live in Southern California. The desert tortoise was in my family for 50 years. Different generations took care of the tortoise, and it was my mom's turn to take care of him. (The tortoise was a...
  7. Tina the desert tort

    How big will my tortoise get?

    I have a male desert tortoise who I was told is about 5, I suspect he may be older but I am unsure. Anyway I measured the length of the top of his shell and it was just under 9 inches. Is he done growing? I was told by the rescue that he is about full grown. I will include some pics
  8. Tina the desert tort

    Help me see my Sonoran desert tortoise! Please!

    I just got my Sonoran desert tortoise about a week ago from a rescue! I was told she was a female and about 5 years old! However today she was pooping and something came out and then retracted after she pooped. Whatever it was, it was not poop. Was it a tortoise penis? I didn’t get a picture of...
  9. Tina the desert tort

    Desert tortoise Hermanns cohab?

    I have a desert tortoise who I live and adore 🥰! She is the best. My question is some day in the distant future if I get more space, could she ever live with a Hermanns tortoise or any other tortoise species? If not I am curious as to why, I know some people are against cohabitating but the...
  10. Tina the desert tort

    Tina the tortoise!

    Hi, it’s Tina the Sonoran desert tortoise! Please follow my instagram for fun daily desert tort life and interesting stuff! I would really appreciate it!
  11. Isolde


    Hello, my name is isolde and I am new here, this are my girls/boys: This is Tete and she is 7 years old ( I think) and this is Jesse, i think he is a he and is 3 years old (but im not sure) I’m not really sure what species they are because a relative gave me tete when she was a hatchling and I...
  12. Emmanuel Mendoza

    Hello 👋

    This is my indoor hatchling/juvenile enclosure. I have 3 tubs made into 1 currently housing some baby desert tortoises, I have a humidifier running 24/7 in my room with all of my air vents closed. I soak daily for 30 minutes minimum and I spray down the enclosure and the carapace of each...
  13. B

    Slow and Steady for our future Tortoise

    Hi all! I found this forum about a month ago when I was researching into tortoise care and I've already learned a ton and love the community here. We just bought a house with a large backyard (large for Mesa, Arizona) and want to get a backyard tortoise. We are going to apply to adopt a Desert...
  14. H

    Desert Tortoise

    My parents were given a captive desert tortoise back in the 80's. They live in Phoenix, but are moving. They are trying to figure out how to handle their tortoise. I live in Denver and before agreeing to help them out, I am trying to determine if I can actually do this given the different...
  15. Rebs

    Help Brumating in Los Angeles

    Hi. I need help. We have two desert tortoises, Lance and Gwennie, in Highland Park, Los Angeles. They came with our house and for the five years we've been here they have successfully brumated in a burrow they dug - it even worked through El Nino - the tortoises placed it at the top of a slight...
  16. Susannadior

    What age should a DT start brumating?

    Murphy just turned 1 and we were told not to let him brumate for the first 3 years. Is this true? And if not, how to we prepare him for brumation? We live in southern California where its in the mid-80s in the day and high-50s at night. He lives in a raised enclosure outside, but has heat and a...
  17. mimsy

    Desert tortoise died. Need insights & closure

    My tortoise had a flooded burrow while hibernating about 2 weeks ago...I thought he was probably dead! But we got all the water out and tapped his foot and it moved. He was alive. WOW Anyway a few days later he came out of his burrow. He was coming out every day and sunning himself. Seemed...
  18. Lokkje

    Scorpion sting

    My 60+-year-old desert tortoise Tiny Tim was stung by a scorpion last Friday. He was very ataxic and I heard him bumping and slamming around on the patio. I took him to Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital in Mesa Arizona and he was given 5 days of meloxicam and is still on injections of...
  19. R

    Meet Me, ReptilianEmoChild

    Hi, I'm Noah, or ReptilianEmoChild. I am from Arizona and I am in the process of adopting a desert tortoise from the Game and Fish department. I am young and new to owning reptiles so I will be perusing this site often and asking many questions if they haven't been asked already.
  20. dylanhighsmith

    Tortoise head pumping while sleeping

    So our 26 year old desert tortoise has been doing a lot of head pumping in his sleep at night lately: Video1 Video2 Anyone know what this is? Is this weather related (it's been hot lately)? Digestion? Breathing? Aside from this behavior (that he's just started the last couple days) he seems...