russian tortoise

  1. T

    Do Russian tortoises make good pets? (Boring or fun?)

    For those who don’t know, I was interested in having a baby sulcata tortoise. However after a bit more research I found out that Russian tortoises will better suit me carewise. But I remember reading through Reddit and finding some people whose Russian tortoises just ate, slept and were overall...
  2. M

    Help!! russian tortoise brown pee, is it a kidney problem?

    I've been with my russian tortoise 15 years since I was like 10 years old and he was a baby, he has been very healthy but since he has awakaned from hibernation a month ago I have decided to let him roam from his enclosure of coconut soil to some rooms (with stone floor) for the first time ever...
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    Today's lunch is a fine meal.... A bed of Romaine Lettuce, served with a fresh helping of diced Celery, Snow Pea's, fresh Tomato, and a sprig of Cilantro.
  4. F

    New Russian tortoise and would like some help.

    I bought a Russian tortoise from pet smart. I talked to the managers at the store and they told me that their Russian tortoises we all CB and younger then a couple years. So I got the tortoise and I have been planning on getting a Tortoise for some time. But now that I have the Tito the tortoise...
  5. P

    Is mixing coco coir and cypress mulch a good idea?

    I have a russian tortoise. I am not satisfied with the cypress mulch because it doesn't hold enough moisture. I wanted to get her coco coir but I think it holds too much. Would it be a good idea if I mixed the two of them? I was thinking the variety in texture might be more realistic to a...
  6. turtlegurl97

    Greetings from New England :)

    Hello! I became a member and have been lurking here for a few months. Currently proud owner of a male RT named Sir Tor who I adopted locally :) I previously raised an old RES for years but I thought I'd change it up and learn how to raise a tort as well. I've been learning a lot from this forum...
  7. P

    How Long Do Russian Tortoises Stay In Their Burrow?

    I'm new to owning a tortoise. I did as much research as I could before getting her so I knew she would burrow. I provided extra substrate for her and she made sure to take advantage of it. She made a burrow for herself about 12 hours ago ( before night/bed time) and hasn't come out since. When...
  8. biochemnerd808

    Hydration squiggles!

    Hydration squiggles! Do you see those little light colored squiggles? This is what a healthy, well hydrated baby's shell should look like. How do you grow a baby with a beautiful shell? - Daily soaking - Misting shell every 2-3 hours with warm water - Good weeds for food - 30 mins of natural...
  9. A

    My Russian Tort is eating me out of house and home!

    Gertie is between 8-10 years old. She is growing like a weed and seems to be eating more and more. Getting a bit of an attitude. She has started waking up in the morning and then sitting in her food dish not very patiently waiting on me to feed her. She is cracking me up. Her diet consists of...
  10. 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...
  11. mrpresitort

    Very lethargic Russian tortoise (2yo, M) - Is he sick?

    My russian tortoise is a 2 year old (ish) male. He's usually very active in the mornings and goes out in search of food, but for the past week, maybe week and a half, I have had to encourage him to come out of his burrow to eat something, and then once he's eaten he goes right back to his burrow...
  12. Harvey_Halfshell

    Harvey not eating

    Hi everyone, I took Harvey to the vets and the vet said that he had most likely slowed down his eating cuz he was in a kind of Summer hibernation (name of this please?) due to hot weather but it has since cooled down and he is still extremely lethargic and not eating much. He will eat his...
  13. Y

    Where to buy a tortoise enclosure

    I'm thinking about getting a Russian Tortoise. Could any one recommend an enclosure that I can order online?
  14. A

    looking for advice caring for my tortoise

    so, ive had my indoor russian tortoise for around a year now. she was young when we got her - the pet store said she was around 2-3 months old. in all honesty, our care for her has not been optimal. i listened and have been following the advice of an aunt with a russian tortoise, and my tort...
  15. M

    VERY Inactive Russian tortoise, not normal with him

    My russian tortoise is around 6-7 years old. I posted a while ago about a possible fungal problem with his shell. Some of you did not know what is was, someone said it is new shell growth, another suggested using athlete's foot cream. I used the foot cream daily for a couple a weeks and it...
  16. C

    White dry marks on my Russian tortoise beak

    My Russian tortoise has been sleeping and not eating the past few days, her would walk with his eyes close mind you it’s summer so I did some research online on what could it be and I came to a conclusion that he could of gone to aestivation ( Aestivation refers to the process of dormancy or...
  17. Q

    Russian tortoise wound

    My Russian tortoise got a small wound in one of the back legs, Im not sure what happened but it did not bleed much, but it is still open and I wanted to know if it has a risk of infection and if I should get some kind of ointment, I have a product intended for aquatic turtles named turtle fix...
  18. C

    Russian Tortoise shell

    Hello! I’ve had my Russian for about four months now. He was living in a glass enclosure when I got him and was only fed romaine lettuce every other day and didn’t have access to clean water. Well now he has a 4x8 wooden tortoise table, fresh water daily and gets a large variety of different...
  19. J

    Female Russian behavior

    Hi I have a one female Russian tortoise and a male Russian tortoise living together in a tank. Neither one of the tortoises have shown aggression to each other they have both been very nice to each other no head banging no ramming of their shell no hissing no biting. The only thing here...
  20. 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...