russian tortoise

  1. biochemnerd808

    Tortoises know what weather is coming

    I thought this story might make you smile. First: My outdoor habitats are escape-proof, 10ft x 10ft each, with the walls sunken 12-18" into a trench, down to rock, and there are lids with hardware cloth on them, with locking latches with quick links. There is no way to get out. Here is a pic...
  2. TenTonTurtle

    Hello from Ohio! New Tort-father.

    Hello friends, I'm Steve and I recently adopted a male Russian tortoise. His name is Gregori (He is my display picture). I have two aquatic turtles but this is my first Tortoise ever. Just looking to make friends, chat about tortoises, turtles, and much more. I am also looking to discuss indoor...
  3. TacoTheTurtle1

    Red eye crust on russian tortoise

    My mom and I are really worried about our 3 yo Russian Tortoise, Taco. This morning I got up to go and feed her and she acted normally, but then i noticed this red crusty thing on her eye. Here are a few pictures: I really have no idea what it is, but I feel like she knows it's there and it's...
  4. D

    Russian Tortoise Shell

    Hey all new to this site. I got a Russian tortoise from a reptile store. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best environment and he/she looks like it’s shell was damaged. But wanted to see if anyone on here would know how it grew like this or how to fix, with time of course. Any ideas
  5. S

    AC Broken In The Middle Of Missouri

    My AC is broken and they're waiting on the part to fix it, but for now, the house is hot. I turned off his lamps and heaters, close all the blinds, and have two fans going on in the room at all times but the temperature never dips below 80°F and goes as high as 91°F. Any tips to help cool him...
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    I bought my very first turtle. It's a Russian Tortoise. It's one to two years old and it's a male. It's name is Mikie. This is my first time owning a turtle. But I've owned parakeets, dogs, cats, hamster, and fish in the past. I currently have a comet gold fish for almost 3 years now.
  7. V

    My Horsfield is uncharacteristically lethargic

    Hi, this is my first post here after lurking for years. I need an opinion on whether or not this is an emergency for my tortoise. The earliest exotic vet appointment is August 5th so I don't know if I should wait or not for his check-up. I moved a little over a month ago and my Horsfield...
  8. M

    Is my Russian tortoise healthy?

    Hi there, I live in missouri, and I plan on taking my tortoise to the vet here soon for a regular check up. She is my first tortoise, and I’ve had her for a long while. Around 8 years now. I’m unsure if I’ve been taking care of her properly since I got her at a rather young age and just took...
  9. Ruszian Tortoise

    Is Sharpie OK?

    Hi all! I wanted to decorate the outside of my indoor wooden enclosure. Is Sharpie okay? No toxic fumes? Thanks
  10. Neon__

    Russian Tortoise clutch

    Hello Guys I have a question. So I recently got a reptibator(I know it's not the best) But I modified it so It can have correct humidity levels and I want to know what are good humidity levels for a Russian tortoise clutch. I put 1 humidity gauge and I trust it because the humidity on the...
  11. J

    Russian Tortoise Enclosure Advice

    I'm very seriously considering a Russian Tortoise as a new addition to my family. Right now I have a 55 gallon aquarium that I'm a bit lost on how to best set up for my unaquired new friend. Due to the climate that I live in I'll be able to set up a small outdoor "playpen" but the large and main...
  12. Otis-RussianTort

    Help! Tortoise age and shell health

    Hey guys! Yesterday someone on the forum guessed Otis is between 5-10+ years old. Is there a way I can narrow down a closer guess to how old he is? Also, does his shell look dry and should I be doing anything for it? Currently, I mist him and short soaks. Thanks in advance :)
  13. Dcatalano

    Plants for enclosure

    I want to add some plants to Gabby’s enclosure. I see others sharing pictures of pothos and spider plants. Are these safe for decoration? And/or will my Russian tortoise eat them? Do you generally bury the pot a little for aesthetics? Share some pics of your planted enclosures!
  14. S

    Russian Tortoise Extremely Lethargic in Winter

    Hello! I have had my russian tortoise for over 15 years (got her when I was 12 or so). She does have some unnatural shell growth that was due to improper lighting within the first few years of having her. She has remained the same size/same look since. I wanted to inquire about how lethargic she...
  15. W

    New to tortoise keeping

    Hey guys, I'm going to get a tort next month but I've never had a tort before. I have some experience with reptiles as my brother keeps lizards but I know it's very important to get it right for torts and I wanna make sure I give him the best possible chance to be happy. I'm going to run...
  16. PiL71

    Entire enclosure overhaul

    Hello all! I've been redoing my substrate, when I discovered heavy water damage (presumably from the moist coco coir and general humidity of the air) on the bottom. My enclosure is a unique one, (pics can be found on my profile, I believe) but I'd like to keep this idealogy and apply it to my...
  17. Lemmy the tortoise

    Rehoming My Russian Tortoise (SoCal Area)

    Hi everyone, I live in the Los Angeles area, I have a 7-10 years old Russian tortoise named Lemmy that I am looking to rehome. I live in a small apartment and I can't provide enough space for her to live well. I have had her for 3 years now and she is very healthy. I soak her almost...
  18. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    My 1 year old Russian Tortoise hasn't been eating very little if at all recently. The temperatures in her enclosure are correct and I've given her a soak as well. She seems active otherwise, but I'm worried about her eating. I heard there are possible mouth infections that could be hindering...
  19. K

    Russian tortoise not eating

    Hi everyone! I am a new russian tortoise owner and I just have a few concerns. My little girl wont eat anything, however she is pooping and is very active! She loves to dig in her substrate and sometimes I find that she's completely buried herself in it. I've tried putting some plants in her...
  20. gray

    should i get a buddy for my russian

    so i recently got a russian tortoise. he's around two years old (im not sure he came from a rough start). whenever i have him in his indoor enclosure he mostly either sleeps or basks (i do have him run around my backyard and i have an outdoor enclosure for him for when im busy). im not sure if i...