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    Outdoor enclosure for 2 different species

    Hello all, I was told in another thread about some changes I'd potentially need to make (new owner - I've inherited them and try to do my very very best - been to vets, but didn’t get as much info). Those suggestions made me think of more questions so I will list them here and I just wanted to...
  2. G

    Help and advice needed- red footed tortoise

    Hi everyone. I know that all the information I'm about to ask would be here so I apologise for not searching and starting a new post but I need to be quick 😅 Basically I picked up a 5 year old red footed tortoise, from someone i know, who In the best words hasn't been taking care of "him"...
  3. Orcsloot

    Hey guys! My names Andy and in two days a childhood dream is about to become a reality!

    😁Hello from South Texas! I just wanted to drop the first of hopefully many more posts to come! in two days i will finally be sharing my home with a 1+ year old Marginated Tortoise He/She will be treated like royalty im putting feelers out for all tips and suggestions please lmk shed some wisdom...
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    New owner worried about shell rot on plastron

    I recently took in this Russian tortoise. I noticed this mark on the plastron? Is it an old healing injury, shell rot or something else? The guy who gave it to me only said he’d had the tortoise for awhile, no mention of health issues. I asked the age, history etc but he didn’t answer much...
  5. K

    Help for Indian Resident

    I am a student living with parents in India. As a country which is just developing an interest in exotic pet keeping (dogs and cats being the majority), I find it very difficult to understand exactly what to do with my tortoise. Given as a gift, we had no prior setup or the time to research a...
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    Help me identify species and sex of my tortoise

    Hello! New tortoise owners here! We purchased our first one at a local reptile shop. We were told he was male and Hermann and relinquished from another owner. When we took him to the vet….the vet said it looked female based on their shell and that it is a mixed species with Hermann and...
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    Sudden Tortoise Owner-- How is she Doing?

    Hello all, firstly I just want to say thank you for everyone who posts on this forum, all the information and advice on here has been a lifesaver and I’m so glad I found this site. We just bought a house, and as we’re moving in we saw that the old owners just left their tortoise. They were...
  8. shelli82

    Introducing our first 🐢 Oogway

    Super excited to welcome our first tortoise to our family. Introducing...Oogway 🐢 My name is Michelle and we live in the county of Hampshire, in England. We now have 🐈‍⬛️🐕🐕🐎🐟🐢... think we're on the way to creating a mini zoo 🤣 Never thought we'd have a tortoise, never looked after one and...
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    New Russian tort advice welcome

    Hi Copper the tortoise has just joined the family. He's the first ever pet and its a steep learning curve. I know as he grows he'll need more room and that's not a problem. For now he's in a 1m×.5m glass Terrarium. The substrate is soil and bark, was half and half. He wasn't happy so I took...
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    New Russian Owner

    Hello! I am a new Russian Tortoise owner and need help! My tortoise was shipped from Florida. I had done research for a year and got everything set up, both indoor (for sleeping quarter at night) and outdoor habitat in the garden as another cute decoration. So the tortoise arrived, and it...
  11. pimudh

    Kimi the tortoise

    Hello everyone, I'm Pim and I live in Porvoo, Finland. Since last Sunday (26/2/2023) I can call myself the proud owner of Kimi, a Testudo hermanni hermanni. Kimi is 6 months old and is named after Kimi Räikkönen. My girlfriend and I had thought a while before getting him/her on what we should...
  12. feralbookeater

    Any sulcata keepers in KS?

    TLDR; how much clearance should a fence for a sulcata have? How do you keep them warm in the winter? Has anyone here dug a pit like enclosure? Anyone from KS here? Any reputable rescues for Sulcatas? Hello! Looooooongtime lurker, first time poster. My husband and I live on a farm in eastern KS...
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    First time owner, tortoise not eating

    We got a Hermann tortoise on Christmas eve from a local exotic pet shop here in the UK. We have a 1.2m x 0.6m tortoise table for it. Since we brought it home in the afternoon it it's barely had anything to eat (some dandelion stems), but has been out walking about and basking a bit. It seems to...
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    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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
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    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...
  18. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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