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    Make Your Own Habitat Heater

    Hi everyone. We have a Russian tortoise who is 20 and have had difficulty heating her tortoise table over the years because of its location. We recently tried some new changes, particularly low-power heaters which you can build yourself and wanted to share in the information in case anyone else...
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    Looking for an appropriate sized tortoise table!

    Hi everyone! I recently, and a bit abruptly, acquired a Russian Tortoise. I temporarily have him in a 40 gallon tank which I know is not ideal for him so I was looking at some tortoise tables to get him into something more comfortable ASAP. I came across this Tortoise Table on Etsy and wanted...
  3. biochemnerd808

    Escape proof, predator proof outdoor enclosure

    Last year we moved from suburbian SW WA to rural central AR. Of course I brought my tortoises with me, and initially set them up in temporary enclosures. Over the Fall and Winter I then proceeded to build their permanent outdoor habitats. (Ps: if you don't feel like reading and just want to...
  4. biochemnerd808

    Tortoises know what weather is coming

    I thought this story might make you smile. First: My outdoor habitats are escape-proof, 10ft x 10ft each, with the walls sunken 12-18" into a trench, down to rock, and there are lids with hardware cloth on them, with locking latches with quick links. There is no way to get out. Here is a pic...
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    New Cherry Head / Red Foot Hatchling—Enclosure

    We are about to be first-time tortoise owners / parents. We have purchased a CH/RF hatchling from Ryan at Southern Reptiles (he has been amazing, BTW). He has given us some great info for starting out, but would love to get some feedback on our choices. Here’s what we have ordered, so far: Zoo...
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    Need some advice on redfoots i bought

    So I recently bought a pair of redfoots from someone that could no longer care for them, one is about 7 and the other is a year and some months old according to the person we bought it from. They sadly have some pyramiding from before I got them. But my question is what are your guys opinions on...
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    "best" first tortoise?

    Dad I want a pet. Definitely the scariest words in the English language. So my questions for the esteemed members of this forum: What breed of small tortoise would make the best pet for a 9 y/o boy? Considering both personality and ease of care is there any breed that would be a good...
  8. Richardidn

    Hi from Indonesia ! Got a couple of question here

    Hello Im Richard, just recently got myself a lovely little sulcata fella named Coco (cho'-cho'). A month at most. So I've read couple of newbie guide from this forum, saw lot of youtube and taking advices from local tortoise farm owner (they're pretty nice guys). But, i would like more in...
  9. Marisa_marie17

    Russian homes

    Hey I was looking for some ideas to further update my tort enclosure. Was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some ideas or post pics of theirs. Also if you would share the dimensions of your enclosures too, I’m considering trying to make mine bigger but don’t know if it’s really...
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    New / any help, tips, suggestions appreciated

    Hello Everyone, My name is Marleine and I just moved to a house in Granda Hills, CA. Two desert tortoises were sprung on me-- age 4. I am loving these guys/girls but I just have so many questions to make sure I am giving them what they need. So, Id like to know their gender? How can I check...
  11. The Anonymous Fander

    Waiting before putting my turtle back in her setup?

    So I've been upgrading my eastern box turtles setup to a bioactive setup and I've heard that you have to wait 2 weeks to a month to put your reptile back in, is there any danger to putting my boxie in early? I don't have any plants added btw, so that might affect things? Idk, any help would be...
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    New eastern box turtle mom - possible respiratory infection, HELP!

    Hi everyone! I recently adopted an eastern box turtle, Sammy, from a family member. He has been much less energetic than usual the past few days and I think (but am not sure) that his breathing may have changed. I'm not sure if I need to be concerned about a possible respiratory infection or...
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    this is his cage too i just want to make sure u guys think it’s a good home ? thank you
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    Does anybody know of a way to dig deep for hard clay soil?

    My 50lb sulcata has picked a spot that works for him and refused to try anywhere else, but once he hits about a foot down he can't dig anymore so he's just sitting in the sun. Can anybody recommend what they did? i'm thinking an auger with some kind of bit. i'm trying to find one but all i can...
  15. NewtThePinkbelly

    Where to buy large tanks?

    Newt is still a little baby, but depending on wether he's male or female (too small for us to tell) we might need a pretty big tank in the long run. From the information we have found online, pink belly sidenecks can grow up to 11inches, which means a 110 gallon tank or more. Where could we find...
  16. nmcgooby90

    Thinking of getting new enclosure

    Hey all, I have had my 9 month old cherry head tort for 3 months now, and it occurred to me that as he grows I'll have to get a bigger space for him. At the moment I have a 40 gallon terrarium that's 18 inches wide,3 feet long and 16 inches high...
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    Sulcata Tortoise, Brock Lee

    Hey everyone, I am very new to this site as well as owning a Sulcata. I found her a few weeks ago eating my flowers in the front yard. I searched for her owners, and came up with nothing. So we kept her. (not actually sure of the sex..) She had a cute little habitat on the side of the house. We...
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    Enclosure Help Please!?

    Hi, SO I am getting my daughter a Russian Tortoise for Christmas. She has done research on them for the past year almost just waiting for one. I however have not so I am looking for help. I want to get the BASICS to get her started and we can build on it from there. I am going with a 50 gallon...
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    Sealing wood with Vinyl?

    I’m working on an indoor tortoise enclosure for my red foot and I’ve seen most posts advising to stay away from pine. I was thinking about using stick on vinyl flooring planks to make the enclosure water proof and more attractive. If I do that would that make pine safe to use as it would...
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    Hello from winston

    Hi all I’ve had winston for about a year and a half now. No idea how old he is sadly :-( he was pretty tiny when I got him from a pet shop so can’t be too old...... he was sold to me in a viv, and after getting him home and doing more research (I know I should’ve done more first!) he’s now in...
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