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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. C

    Substrate feels a bit cold and damp

    I have a baby red foot ( just got it two days ago ) and I do have a CHE and a UVB light. The CHE is on one side of the enclosure and it gets to about 90 degrees. The middle of the enclosure is also fairly warm with about 80 degrees, but the problem is the far ( dark/cold side ) it’s about 75...
  12. Torta21

    (New Owner) Help, is this set up good for my baby Sulcata baby!

    His enclosure is fry wood and the dimensions are 38inch (L) x 24inch (W). His temperature is always around 80+ and his humidity in his closed chamber is usually around 70-80%, I use coconut coir mixed with Orchard bark. I live in SoCal, around the inland empire valley so it’s usually not lower...
  13. A

    Hatchling soaking and diet

    I am a new owner of a little guy named Elvis. I have noticed my leopard hatchling Elvis doesn’t drink the water he soaks in. Is this normal? I have noticed that when we take him outside on the grass he eats plenty of clovers and clover flowers(which I have read are good for him), and he also...
  14. new_owner_mack

    Help my ID my box turtle(?) please?

    Hello! One of my friends had to move fairly recently and I took over care of (what she presumed to be a tortoise) 4 months ago. She gave me everything she had to take care of him and I've been looking for awhile to find out what species my tortoise was (she told me that he was a male, and that...
  15. ozzythesulcata

    New. Introducing Ozzy the Sulcata

    Hey guys. My name is Linda and Ozzy is a Sulcata that I rescued. I have no idea how old he is, he weighs approximately 75 pounds. He is a big boy and he needs a lot of TLC, learning what I can to help him live a happy healthy life. He has shell damage, has pyramiding, and he is only just now...
  16. D

    Shell rot?

    I recently just picked up this tortoise from a friends family, I don’t know how well they kept up with the tortoise but I know we have been treating her well at our home the last few weeks. I’m not quite sure if this is shell rot, I haven’t had any experience with tortoises in the past.
  17. E

    New Owner Needs Help!

    So I am preparing to get a new babu russian tortoise in March. This is my first reptile and tortoise! I have a few questions about the lighting and heating. - Do I need to use a ceramic heat emitter 24/7 or only at night? - Does a UV light keep the tortoise warm? - Do I only get a UV and...
  18. yongsaurus

    Hello from Doha!

    Hello everyone! I’m a new tortoise owner residing in Qatar, Doha. I’ve never had a proper pet before due to some circumstances, I once was given an adult red ear slider turtle (i think he was, since he was big) by my cousin who no longer was able to house him. One day tho he went missing :( we...
  19. A

    Planning to adopt a tort - help selecting a species

    Hello everyone! I'm new here. I have searched the forums and read many discussions, but I still have a few questions. I am a planner (and anxious about ensuring my pets are cared for properly), so thank you in advance for your help :) I am located on the east coast of Canada and I am looking...
  20. saiyan25

    Temporary sulcata owner (3 weeks)

    Hello, I'm new on the forum. I've been keeping 4 reptiles for about 8 years, none are tortoises or turtles. Recently a friend of mine decided to go on a vacation for 2 weeks and we decided to take care of their sulcata tortoise (~13" long). I didn't realize this first, but the living conditions...
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