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  1. L

    New rescued Sulcata care taker

    Hello everyone, my name is Lissie (lee-cee). I've never kept a tortoise before and had no idea the one I was getting is the 3rd largest tortoise in the world. Needless to say I am now in love with my tiny Sulcata. Doing lots of research, mostly here on Tortoise Forum. Rapidly learning as much...
  2. L

    New to tortoise keeping

    I recently acquired a baby sulcata from a friend who rescued it from owners who had no idea how to care for it. The child of the house had left it in the driveway and my friends picked it up right before it wandered into the street. It was a few hours before anyone even wondered where this...
  3. abbisfab

    Is this normal for my tortoise?

    So just recently re homed what we think is a Herman’s tortoise, or some sort of cross between Herman’s and a Greek. Because he doesn’t look like either. He is 5, hasn’t been looked after well, his shell very pyramid like, and beak is long (we working on this) Anyways he seems to hang in his...
  4. abbisfab

    FIRE HAZARD WITH TORT

    Hello everyone, I recently rehomed a tort about a week ago. We built him a big table and secured his light on a piece of wood with screws. It’s a ceramic holder. I’m wanting to leave his light on all day during the day so he has the right heat etc but my mum who I live with keeps on wanting to...
  5. K

    Hello from a new tortoise keeper in the UK (Oxfordshire)

    Hello, Just wanted to say "Hi!" and I'm glad I found you all. So much material to read and so much expertise. I'm a new keeper of a spur-thighed tortoise (testudo graeca) hatched on September 11 2019 and we have named it Donatello (Donny if it turns out to be a boy or Donna if female) It's...
  6. ShellDon'sMom

    New tortoise mom seeking advice on species

    Hello All My family adopted Sheldon about a month ago and I'm wanting to get some opinions on what species he might be. The lady we got him from did not have much info on him, (other than he likes pineapple & peaches) she had only had him a few months and got him from a "friend of a friend" So...
  7. I

    Have a couple questions

    I am looking into getting a Russian tortoise and I have a couple of questions. What UVB and heating lamp do you guys suggest using? How many days a week should I feed my tortoise? Should I give it a grassland diet? and if so how many days a week? What type of wood should I use to build the...
  8. Dau191

    Morning from Md. Meet Rosey...short for Roosevelt.

    This is my little buddy Rosey. He was my 51 birthday present. I have always been a friend to turtles when I find them. Usually the Eastern box on or crossing busy roads. I saw this guy in the store all covered in red wood dust and rescued him. He wasn't responding to people so they were marking...
  9. MPappagallo

    Newbie Needing Advice

    I am considerign adopting these two young sulcatas from someone that has only had them for about 4 months. He said they had some "shell disfiguration" when he received them, but that it hasn't seemed to affect them. He stated they are eating and seem to be healthy, but he realized he just...
  10. A

    Introduction - Soon to be Russian Tortoise Owner

    Hello All! My name is Jason, and my fiance and I are planning on purchasing a russian tortoise within the next couple of months. Right now we are in the research/prepare phase. So far we've purchased the enclosure, and enclosure stand. Next we plan to get the accessories (lamps, substrate...
  11. That MF Wolf

    Looking for a small tortoise in Japan

    I am living in Japan and looking in to get a tortoise that stays small like Russian tortoise but I want to know if there are any that don't need to hibernate. I will keep him/her indoors. Also, I need one that is beginner friendly. Can anyone help me pick out a type that fits?
  12. aztortuga

    How long can a 1.5 inch sulcata not eat?

    We are on day 8 of trying to rescue the little sulcata. Twice daily carrot baths for the last 6 days. Temps 80-85 degrees since day 3, plus over 70% humidity, fresh food available twice per day.Training to keep 80% humidity, but today we went to 90% nd now its 70%. Coco coir substrate. Opened...
  13. Shaztorts

    Hello! First time owner with Hermann's Hatchlings :)

    Hi everyone! My name is Sharon and I have become the owner of 2 Hermann's tortoises for a month now. Lucky and Mbappe are 6 months old captive born-and-bred tortoises from Hungry but now live with us in England. This is the first time I own tortoises and I just want to do my very best at...
  14. Yoyotort

    Burrowing! Help

    hello! so my Russian Tortoises has been burrowing in his cypress mulch substrate. I know Russian torts tend to burrow but I just want to make sure it is safe for him to burrow all the way under head and everything! I’m worried it will get in his eyes or he won’t be able to breath properly and...
  15. E.czarnowsky

    Newbie wanting feedback

    Hello Sulcata forum! My name is Eric and I live in Wake Forest, NC with my Wife and two kids. We recently adopted a baby Sulcata from a breeder at repticon. After much research through reading and watching videos, I believe my setup is a perfect setup for the first years of our little...
  16. alejzp

    Hello from Costa Rica

    hello everybody, my name is Alejandro and I am from Costa Rica, and I’m very new to owning a Sulcata... since the moment I knew about them I fell in love with the species but it was impossible to find/get them in my country until now and I am nuts about it... I’ve had sooo many questions and...
  17. DesireeKelly

    New Tortoise Keeper - 14 week Tortoise

    Hello! I’ve been searching info for weeks and often end up on this site so I thought I should finally join :) Our tortoise is just a baby and super adorable but the information available is inconsistent and pet stores are horrible; they nearly blinded our poor little guy with coil bulbs that...
  18. C

    New Tortoise Owner: tips please!

    Hello :-) My name is Chloe. I am 19 and I have been researching into getting a tortoise for a pet for two or so years now. I just haven’t made the leap yet! I came very close to getting a young Russian tortoise a few days ago but chickened out. I want to provide my tortoise with the best love...
  19. tortoisekev

    May I introduce... Kevin (comments and questions welcome!)

    For the last 2 years I have wanted and researched getting a tortoise, and finally the week has arrived! We will collect Kevin this week and I'll introduce him properly then... for now here's some questions, info and pictures! Kevin is a 2.5 year old Hermann's Tortoise, bred in the UK by a local...
  20. Mr. Yertle

    Unexpected Tortoise Dad

    Hello all! Recently I found a Russian Tortoise that was abandoned alongside a boat launch in my home town in Central New York. I instantly fell in love with the little guy and scrambled to house him (Monty) properly. And thanks to the plethora of excellent advice I found on this formula, the...
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