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  1. F

    Tortoise won't eat and just digs in the corner!?

    I'm new to owning tortoises and I need a bit of help. My around 6-month-old Russian tortoise won't eat and spends its entire day digging in the corner. Is this normal or should I be concerned?? I have a feeling this has something to do with my enclosure being small, I'm working on trying to get...
  2. Frogb0i

    Hello 🐢 friends :)

    Hi all, I’m a new member and very excited to find this spot on the internet, as there’s a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there on tortie welfare. Myself and my partner are looking to get a tortoise together. We aren’t rushing into getting one yet until we have saved enough...
  3. Flapjack

    New and Concerned Pancake owner.

    Hello, I want to make sure I am doing everything correctly. The more knowledge the better, right? I'm kind of worried about shell growth. I've had since December, im assuming he's about a year old now? I want to make sure I am doing enough. Shell on butt is curving upwards and doesn't look...
  4. C

    Recommendations on how to find a good breeder?

    Hi, I am looking to adopt a Russian Tortoise for the first time. I live in Vermont and haven't found any local breeders within 2 hours of me online. I was looking at some online sites like Tortoise Town and Backwater Reptiles and a majority of the reviews were negative. As I don't have any...
  5. B

    Looking for a “stay small” breed tortoise for my children.

    Hi! I am looking for a couple tortoises for my children to have lifelong companions! I have a son and a daughter that are both very excited to start their reptile journey. I know smaller size doesn’t mean smaller enclosure, but I want to start them out with something manageable. Through my hours...
  6. P

    My tortoise is climbing the walls :(

    Hey ? I’m a first time tortoise owner of 2 weeks and I’m trying to get to know my new 2year old hermann, Tortellini. He weighs 44g and is about 6cm So far I think things have been going well.. he tends to sleep quite a lot, which I’m not sure is normal but when he’s awake he tends to be quite...
  7. T

    Help? Sulcata found in the desert

    Hello. My husband was out hunting this weekend and happened upon an adult sulcata in the desert of AZ. (Maybe 45-50 lbs? 2 feet wide) His brother also came across him in the same area when he had been scouting earlier that week. The tortoise is very friendly and came right up to them and...
  8. E

    PLEASE HELP! (shell rot?)

    I got my russian tortoise, Emmet, a couple weeks back. She is in a 50in long, 16in wide, and around 12 inches high wood enclosure built by my dad. I am new to owning a tortoise though i tried doing as much research as possible, she is near a window, has a heat lamp, is on an assorted veggie...
  9. S

    Help! Please help me identify my tortoise!

    Good afternoon! I am new to this site and new to owning a tortoise! I bought him at Petsmart 2 days ago. I was told he is a Testudo tortoise, but after doing some research it’s hard to pin point exactly what type of Testudo tortoise he is. They didn’t specify his age or anything to me. I am...
  10. T

    Russian Tortoise enclosure

    Hello friends, I am a beginner tortoise owner. I built this enclosure for my new russian tortoise. what do you guys think? Does it look suitable for a russian tortoise?
  11. Scollins17

    Tortoise Yearling Outdoor

    Hi everyone. I have a yearling Marginated tortoise that I got August 2020 when it was a hatchling. I did a lot of research before acquiring him and believe I've built a very good temporary indoor encloser for him(until it's big enough to live outside). Seems very healthy and active. For the...
  12. E

    Found my baby Hermann’s Upside Down Today

    Hi! I’m new to this forum, and a new baby Hermann’s owner. I got my tort (named Tiberius) on March 25th. I did a lot of research beforehand and everything has been going great so far, except for today. I went to visit my father for the day, and I called my my mother to see how my tortoise was...
  13. L

    New Tortoise owner

    Hello. I got my first tortoise this weekend. It’s a red foot. My experience with reptiles is water dragons, snakes, and turtles. This is a lot different. I bought an enclosure and got it home. After setting it up, I realized it was inadequate. I picked up a 100 gallon and a bigger UVB...
  14. JaydenTheTort

    First time owner. Rate my setup?

    so Yesterday I got two Russian tortoises, I read up as much about them but it's my first time taking care of tortoises, just want to make sure they're happy. This is a temporary set up there's two of them but the other isnt visible in the picture I believe they're both female but the store said...
  15. Sabz

    Help needed please.

    Hi, Just want to say firstly thank you if you're reading this thread. I am a first time turtle owner and i just need some advice. I have 2 musk turtle 1 year old and 10 month 2 map turtles both just over 8 weeks. I have a elite filter, 1 heater, 1 uvb bulb and 1 uva bulb . I have gravel and...
  16. C

    Is what I bought ok for hatchling?

    I've never owned a tortoise before, but I've done a lot of research, watched lots of youtube videos, bought all the necessary supplies, and I think that the terrarium is ready to go, but I want to be sure so nothing bad happens. I bought the Thrive Temperate Essentials Kit from PetSmart and a...
  17. amberlypage

    New EBT Owner looking for advice!!

    Hi all! I adopted a male EBT about three months ago. He is estimated to be about 40-50 years old. He’s doing alright, but i can tell he’s very shy. He always retreats when I clean his water or even put food in his enclosure. He never goes for his food right away and sometimes won’t even eat...
  18. M

    Baby Sulcata Question

    Hello, I recently purchased a sulcata tortoise in stage one and still has a beak tooth. I have an overall uvb light to go over the whole tank and 50w mini halogen and uvb combo heat lamp over the basking rock. It has a hideaway and explores the tank every day. I have only had it for 4 days and...
  19. Cicitina

    New Tortoise Owner Worries!

    Hi everyone! I am a new owner to a baby Hermanns, it has been 4 days since bringing baby home and I was given very little information when adopting him. I have done as much research as possible since bringing my new little family member home but I have so many questions and concerns. POOP...
  20. C

    Baby Red Foot not pooping

    I’ve had my Hatchling a little under two weeks. I give him daily soaks ( twice a day for about 20 minutes each time ) I feed him 5 days a week but he doesn’t eat much, a couple chomps here and there. His humidity is good in the mid 80’s and I have a basking side that hits around 90’s and the...
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