hatchling care

  1. M

    HELP URGENT gasping for breath

    Hi-- I have a eastern Hermanns that's almost a year old. Its been doing well I've had it two months now eats really well is active running around the whole enclosure-no problems. Tonight he came out of his hide suddenly when normally he's fast asleep (he will typically go to bed around 5 and...
  2. lionheartHC

    Metallic flakes in Sulcata hatchling poop?

    Hey everyone, I’m on day three of my Sulcata hatchling. I’ve been soaking him for at least an hour a day and keeping a keen eye on the temps and humidity of his enclosure. He pooped for the first time yesterday and it was just a speck. Today, it seems like I finally got everything flushed out of...
  3. kirbytherussian

    Sulcata Hatchling Care Questions

    Hi all! Yesterday I purchased an itty bitty Sulcata- about a month or two old. I’ve owned Russians before, so I’m very familiar with their care and even the care of other tortoise species- as a tortoise fanatic does. However, I’m not as comfortable as I would like to be with hatchling care. I...
  4. N

    Western Hermanns Hatchling Advice

    Hi!! I am getting a beautiful western hermann in the next week. She is my dream tortoise, I at first ending up buying a zoo med tortoise house, but I have noticed the benefits of a closed chamber enclosure. I am wanting the best care of my little one, I do want to make sure her lighting is...
  5. Domm

    Enclosure Check, Substrate Turning Black?

    Hello, I have had an Eastern Hermanns Hatchling for about a week now, he is only a little over a month old. I am keeping his enclosure damp for humidity and it never drops below 65% the temp is usually 80-90 during the day and around 73F at night. I noticed pieces of the substrate are turning...
  6. fangurley

    Is my tortoise growing properly?

    Hello! I got my first reptile/tortoise last November at a reptile expo. I bought a leopard tortoise and when I got them the seller said they were 7 weeks old. I think they were about 46g when I got them. Right now they are 65g (about 7 months old) and I've seen posts online before saying...
  7. Feebswhat

    Baby Hermann - is this normal?!

    Hi everyone, new here. I have 10 years reptile experience. It never had a tortoise before. I got my 10 months old Hermanns baby yesterday. Bathed straight away, he (calling him he) stomped around the enclosure right away and then ate some bristly ox and dandilion. Then burrowed and went to...
  8. B

    6 month old Med Spur is she pyramiding?

    hi there! i’ve had my baby tortoise for 2 months now and she is 6 months old. She’s always had a couple lumps and was the largest out of her brothers and sisters. I am worried she is showing early signs of pyramiding and am looking for advice on how i can help/if it’s an issue. Attached below...
  9. 2turtletom

    Kinixys homeana success

    My first Kinixys homeana hatched on December 1 and is thriving! Here's an update: -Tom
  10. Stephrachlau91

    New baby Russian tortoise help~

    Hey guys! I’m new to raising my own tortoises. I’ve help friends in the past with their own but now that I have my own hatchling I am worried I am doing something wrong. Can anyone give me tips on how to care for a Russian tortoise baby? I constantly read things that contradict what I’ve read...
  11. Russian Rehab

    Broken Yoke Sac hatchling Musk Turtle

    hello all I have a hatchling musk turtle who is approaching 24 hours old. The baby was born with a large yoke sac that despite my best efforts they ruptured within about 2 hours of hatching. Below I describe what I have been doing so far PLEASE comment and let me know if their is anything...
  12. Russian Rehab

    When is a hatchling ready to leave home? how big or old?

    How do I know my hatchling musk is strong enough to go to her forever home? I have a 1 week old Common Musk Turtle hatchling who is eating and swimming well. the yoke sack is completely gone and she is active spunky. I have a great forever home lined up for her that is only a short car ride...
  13. J

    1 month old Hermann’s Tortoise

    Hello everybody this is my first time posting here. I just received my first Hermann’s Tortoise and it is one month old. I currently have her in a mixing cement tub with cypress and coconut coir since I saw kamp Kenan recommend that. The basking temp is 95 right now, I checked it with a zoo med...
  14. MissTerraFirma

    Baby Sulcata Eating

    I have a seven month old hatchling sulcata. He is very active in moving about his enclosure and drinks water but hasn’t eaten in a few days. Should I be concerned? Is there any foods I can offer that would entice him to eat? I have a red footed tortoise that I have had these issues before...
  15. CandyAss

    Hatchling Growth Rate

    Is there a percent weight gain range that I should be trying to meet for my three desert tortoises? I'm more experienced raising birds, which grow much faster than tortoises, and always use a min - max range of how much weight they should be gaining per day. I'm only weighing the tortoises once...
  16. BurtTheTortoise

    Baby Redfoot here

    hello! My name is Burt. I am a 6 month old redfoot hatchling living in Wisconsin. My humans are new to this tortoise thing so any advice or tips are appreciated as they are trying to suit me best. Attached are pictures of me and my enclosure which is 2.5x3.5 feet. I have an Instagram...
  17. AllieKat1997

    Is a 50Gallon too big for a hatchling?

    I read somewhere that in too big an enclosure that a tortoise hatchling can get “lost”. I’m not sure if they meant that we (the owner) “loose” our tortoise hatchlings and have trouble finding them in their enclosure, or if the hatchling itself gets “lost” and has trouble finding its way around...
  18. L

    New 3-Toed Box Turtle Questions

    Hello, sorry in advance for this lengthy post! I have a three-toed box turtle named Bowser Flamel that was given to me by a colleague (her turtles had hatchlings). I believe it was born in October, so it is about 5 months old. I’ve had it since mid-December. I’ve been reading up different care...
  19. wonderfulwildlife

    What Wattage CHE for a 29G Plastic Tub?

    I have a 29-gallon heavy duty plastic tub & for my hatchling I’ll need to raise the temperature 10-15 degrees above the temp in my house. The enclosure will be closed chamber or mostly closed chamber depending on how I set it up. I was thinking of getting a 70 - 80 watt CHE & putting it on a...
  20. wonderfulwildlife

    Is a CHE the best heat source for a red foot hatchling indoors?

    Is a CRE the best heat source for a red foot hatchling indoors? My dad wants to know why the CRE is better than a infrared heat bulb because he’s worried that the bulb itself gets so hot. Are the mercury vapor bulbs okay for a RF hatchling? I’ve heard RFs don’t like too much light which is why...
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