1. TenTonTurtle

    Hello from Ohio! New Tort-father.

    Hello friends, I'm Steve and I recently adopted a male Russian tortoise. His name is Gregori (He is my display picture). I have two aquatic turtles but this is my first Tortoise ever. Just looking to make friends, chat about tortoises, turtles, and much more. I am also looking to discuss indoor...
  2. baileypete

    Tortoise moving a lot after changes in enclosure

    It seems like everytime I add substrate and move around my leopard tortoises enclosure (his hides, food and water dishes, decorations) he goes around the enclosure for a couple hours and is very active. To me it seems like he's just exploring, but I also wonder if maybe he's stressed out?
  3. J

    Hermanns Tortoise Help!

    Hi all I am fairly new to this so please bare with me! I have a (aprox) 1 year old Hermanns tortoise and am struggling with the enclosure. I currently use a mix of Tortoise Life Substrate and Orchid Bark which it seems fine with…. Unless anyone else has any other recommendations. But I am...
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  5. T

    Questions regarding enclosure for my baby redfoot.

    Hi this is my first post, I've lurked around this forum for awhile and decided to join since I had some questions and were making me doubt my decisions a lot. Some info on my baby tort is that it is a Redfoot and around 3 months or so of age and I've had him for about a week. I live in the...
  6. snailpeekoutofshell

    Is this hill too steep? And other questions…

    I’m currently working on the outdoor enclosure for my Russian and the hardest part has definitely been his hide. The dirt in my area is no good so I have been buying blocks of coco coir, which I don’t mind, but because there’s no good area to dig into, I’m having to artificially create a deep...
  7. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    Will I get mold at the bottom of my enclosure

    Hi, I’m building a new enclosure for my 2 marginated tortoise. If I use a pond liner or flex seal to water seal the wood, could mold develop at the bottom of the enclosure?
  8. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    Natural looking indoor plants for marginated tortoise

    I’m building a naturalistic enclosure for my marginated tortoises indoors. I want to find some plants that don’t look tropical or exotic, just plants that look like they are from their natural habitat. Any suggestions?
  9. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    How long should my uvb light be

    Hi, I’m currently planning to build a bigger enclosure for my two marginated tortoises. They are around 6 inches long so I’m going to a 4 x 8 foot enclosure. How big should my I’ve light be for that size enclosure?
  10. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    What shrubs should I use for my marginated tortoise enclosure?

    Hi I’m trying to mimic a hilly scrubland for my marginated tortoise enclosure. I’m already going to put grasses in there but I want to know if some small shrubs to put there. Any ideas?
  11. L

    Does she hate her new enclosure?

    I need some help, I'm a new Russian Tortoise owner and my female tortoise is now spending all day trying to escape her new enclosure. I just put her in this new enclosure this Saturday the 24th. I used to house her a 40 gallon glass terrarium and after a while I knew that was too small even with...
  12. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    What substrate should I use for my Marginated Tortoises?

    Hi I have two marginated tortoises and was wondering what substrate I should use that‘s as close to the soil in their native habitat. Thanks!
  13. milesm916

    Vertical/ramp climbing for enclosures?

    So I have a juvenile redfoot, and he loves to climb. Outside and indoors, all he wants to do is climb and explore, which is good, but he keeps accidentally flipping himself over in his enclosure which scares me because I have to be gone for work during the day, and can't stay awake 24/7 to keep...
  14. B

    Pausing to think (photo)

    You guys ever catch your Torti in a compromising position? Well now and then I'll walk by or check my camera to see what Heidi is doing. Today I caught this girl stuck in a tight spot. It's funny because you can literally see her pausing to figure out how she's going to maneuver her way out of...
  15. L

    Enclosure transitions from baby to adult?

    Hey everyone! I am seriously considering getting a baby Hermann’s tortoise, and there are a ton of good resources on here for helping me see what I need. If I get it, this would be my first hatchling. There is one thing I can’t figure out - how do you know when to size up the enclosure? How...
  16. daddy_frankenstein

    Grow tent Enclosure for Greek Yearling - Feedback wanted! [With Photos]

    Hello all! My Greek yearling is moving to a new home and I’ve built her an indoor enclosure that I hope will last her I until she is 3. Dimensions are 180cm by 90cm (roughly 6ft by 3ft). The substrate is a mixture of coco coir and orchid bark (Roughly a 70:30 mix). She’s got a heat lamp, UVB...
  17. Scollins17

    Enclosure Temperature

    Hi @Tom I have a yearling marginated I posted for about a week ago. I bought a glass terrarium like you recommended to help keep better control of the humidity. This terrarium is much taller than the box I was using so my 100w ceramic heating element is only getting the basking spot to about...
  18. Scollins17

    Tortoise Enclosure Cleaning

    Hi I'm buying a used vivarium for my yearling tortoise. Should I just wash it out with hot water and scrub it or is there any other disinfecting procedures I should do?
  19. snailpeekoutofshell

    Zoo Med T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Fluorescent Lamp

    Hello! For the days when I can't get my Russian out in time for good UV rays or in winter, I wanted to be prepared with a good UV light for him instead of waiting until the time comes... Zoo Med T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Fluorescent Lamp This is the one I was looking at, and I've been looking for...
  20. Scollins17

    Torotoise Shell Health

    Hi everyone I'm pretty new to the forum and have a yearling marginated tortoise that I got as a hatchling last August. He seems very active and healthy, but I'm curious what you all think about how his shell is coming along and if you guys see any signs of pyramidding? I would like to hear...