russian tortiose

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    does my russian tortoise have shell rot or is it just wore down?

    i got my russian tortoise on february 23 this year from petsmart and he looked pretty healthy his shell was smooth and there was no discharge from the eyes or trouble breathing. he was shy at first and but eager to eat. i’ve moved his enclosure around my backyard a couple times. around june i...
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    My Russian Wants To Brumate

    Hello all, Back in April I got a Russian Tortoise named Sprout. At the time I did not realize he was wild caught, but have since learned that he is. According to my and my vet’s estimate, he is around 5 years old. He is kept inside and I don’t have a way to keep him outdoors at the moment. Here...
  3. Victoriatori

    New (unexpected) Russian Owner, advice?

    I apologize for the length. Hello, I may have jumped into this boat a bit more prematurely than planned. I had a friend post about rehoming a Russian tortoise a few months ago, and then again a couple days ago and I've owned reptiles in the past (though it's been a few years and I wasn't...
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    Please help, question about Timothy hay?

    Hello, I’m a first time tortoise owner and I just got a young Russian tortoise, his enclosure was quite boring so I tried to add some stuff for enrichment, I changed his substrate to part repti bark, part echo earth and part Timothy hay from the brand Kaytee. When I was putting the hay down I...
  5. lionheartHC

    Feeding Russian grass?

    So here in Ohio it's October and I just brought Gary into his tortoise table for the winter. I do not hibernate him as he is my only Russian and I do not intend to do any breeding. Ever since Gary has been put outside I've noticed a lot of grass in his stool. I know they are typically not grass...
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    Russian Tortoise Lost Weight

    To keep this short and sweet, I weigh my Russian Tortoise named Sprout (age unknown) every month. On August 23rd he was 433g and on September 27th he weighed 395g. I just weighed him again (October 3rd) and he is down to 388g. That means he lost a total of 45g in 5 weeks. Nothing has changed in...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Hi. I’m going to be getting a Russian tortoise. I already have the water dish, food dish, cage and lights. I was wondering what is the best thing to feed them. I tried to google and everyone has different answers. Should I feed him pellets and vegetables? If so what brand for the pellets and how...
  8. For-Mr.Spock

    My Russian tort's plastron looks unhealthy?

    This was Spock's plastron back in March 2020, roughly three months after I got her from a pet store. This picture was taken September 2020 just a few days ago. I am glad that she has been growing (look at that growth!), but I am not sure if her shell health has been improving or not. I give...
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    Weird white thing around my Russian tortoises mouth

    Hi recently I’ve ntocidd some white stuff that have been arpumd my russian tortoises mouth at first I thought it was calcium so I wiped it off but literally 1 hour later it came back does anyone know what it is? Also I am aware that his beak needs trimming :(
  10. Aidan ❤️

    Bedding for Russian tortoises?

    I’ve had my female Russian tort for about two years and I’ve bounced (safely) around about 7-8 beddings. At first, I had Guinnea pigs and I got the tort as a surprise so I used some wood shavings that I used for my Guinnea pigs and it worked temporarily. Then I got mulch shavings and different...
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    First tank set up

    (First post) just was wondering if this was a decent first tank set up, and if anyone has any advice on what I need. (I’ve had a tortoise before but he normally just roamed around downstairs.) I’m looking into getting a Russian tortoise and need an indoor enclosure for winter. (I understand a...
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    hi I currently have an approximately 5 year old male Russian tortoise. I have had it for the last five years but I have never properly educated myslef on how to take care of it properly. I am going to make a new terrarium for him that is much bigger about 5 ft long 3 ft wide. What should I put...
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    Sudden death??

    I recently bought a tortoise from a breeder on the 8th of August. A five year old Russian tortoise. For the first few days he didn’t want to eat. I figured it was probably because the temperature in his enclosure wasn’t right or maybe because he was just getting used to his new environment. I...
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    Why is my tortoise incredibly lethargic?

    I "adopted" a Russian tortoise (from a family who could no longer care for him) a little over four years ago. As far as I can tell, he is still fairly young (around eight-years-old). He is normally very active in the summer; however, as of the past month or so, he has been EXTREMELY lethargic...
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    My Russian Tortoise

    Hey all, First off I want to say thank you to everyone who responded to my last thread. I learned alot and did a bunch of research on my own to provide the best for my new tortoise. Now if you guys could help me identify if he is indeed a male and if his nails are the proper length or too...
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    New Russian Tort Possibly has shell rot..? Please help!

    I recently got a Russian tort and he's very active, but I noticed his shell is peeling on very small parts and on the underside of the shell, he's got a white spot, almost like exposed bone? It was this way when I purchased him but I didn't think it was shell rot until I looked it up to make...
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    Yawning Russian Tortoise

    Hello! I am new to tortoise owning so all of the little things freak me out haha. this morning I was watching Rudder eat and it yawned 3 times. He’s a yearling and I’ve seen conflicting information on yawning. Some things I’ve read said it’s a sign of upper respiratory but he doesn’t have...
  18. turtlebean

    Adding a Second Story to Tort’s Enclosure!!

    Hi all! Some months back I built my tortoise a homemade enclosure. It turned out awesome and has held up amazing so far! I designed it with the intention and capability to turn it from a rectangle, into an L shaped enclosure so that Tortillini could have some more space. That’s still the plan...
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    Tortoise shell growth looks strange to me, please help.

    I have a tortoise named Bibble( I’ve had her for going on three years). And Her shell has these strange indents on them and I don’t know what could be causing it. She’s still very active and everything else seems fine. I feed her leafy greens and some lettuce (kale, mustard greens, salad greens...
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    Emergency!? (white lump)

    Hi guys something is wrong with my russian tortoise. Today I looked at her tale and she had this lump and something white trying to come out! I thought it was an egg at first. After helping her take it out, we noticed it wasn’t an egg but poop. We’re worried because one of her back legs is...
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