russian tortoise

  1. C

    Redness behind ear???

    Hi guys! I have a russian tort who is currently being treated for an RI, having antibiotics anti inflammatories and nebs, he’s dehydrated and underweight too! We started treatment on thursday and i noticed this redness behind his ear, i mentioned this to the exotics vet who said it could be...
  2. christy0426

    Does this look like irritation/infection?

    Morris is a ten year old Russian tortoise, and recently he has been having recurring redness around his left ear. It does not feel hot and he doesn't seem tender to the touch, but it is consistently only on the one side, and I want to make sure it isn't worth a visit to the vet. It started...
  3. The_Four_Toed_Edward

    Conflicting advice on vitamin D and calcium supplementation

    I am worried whether my tortoise is going to get enough vitamin D here in Finland, so I did some research. Unfortunately the advice I found was conflicting, and as a new keeper I don’t know what advice is good and which sources to trust. So, I decided to turn to you with my questions and the...
  4. eliseandboris

    Russian Tortoise Friends

    Hi Everyone! I was told I should introduce myself and Boris:) He’s come a long way since I started helping him. Please don’t judge as I’m step by step providing him with what he needs. He’s in an office situation, and hasn’t had an ideal set up. I’m currently working on building a “table” out...
  5. Daddy_alpaca

    RUSSIAN TORTOISE

    Heloo, just to be quick i have a russian tortoise who is about 4 or 5 years old and the enclosure i have for him is way too small, its about 4 x 3 feet, and i really want to upgrade him to a bigger enclosure. Ive heard people say that the ideal size is about 4x8, i dont mind the size however...
  6. biochemnerd808

    Well started Russian tortoise babies

    I have several well-started CB2 (2nd gen captive bred!) 2023 Russian tortoise babies available. I have raised these horsfields tortoises to 100g+ to ensure they are thriving. They are ready to ship, temperatures permitting. Fed a varied diet of weeds and garden-grown tortoise-safe greens...
  7. Jeffweystan

    Do I need to take my tortoise to the vet?

    I have had this Russian tortoise for 5 months now. He has had these marks since I got him, but now I noticed one area had a small piece peeling, or coming up a little bit. I took Jeffwey to the vet when I first got him and they didn’t say anything about it. But I’m not sure if it is normal or...
  8. D

    Indoor Russian tortoise enclosure help

    Hi guys, I’m picking up a Russian tortoise as soon as I’ve finished building the enclosure. He’s a rescue and approximately 6-9 years old. I’ve read a fair bit but was hoping for some ideas. I’m thinking of putting his basking spot up in the top right corner. He has an open hide under the log to...
  9. D

    Need some advice for Russian Tortoise with Vitamin A deficiency.

    I am a new Russian tortoise grandparent (this is my 12yo son’s pet so I am heavily assisting with care). It seems like some of the recommendations we got from the reptile shop have been off base in terms of enclosure/substrate etc. We bought Samantha Gamera on October 8th and she is about 4-5...
  10. Jeffweystan

    Leo and Jeffwey

    Hi! My name is Leo and I have a 3 year old Russian Tortoise named Jeffwey. I have had Jeffwey for almost two months. I have been obsessed with turtles for a while and finally got one. Jeffwey is really friendly and loves being pet. He is a bit of a picky eater, mainly eating collard greens and...
  11. shellfreak

    Russian Hatchlings

    $250. There its a $60 flat shipping fee. I have some russian hatchlings that are ready to go. I have a two gorgeous bloodlines. Tortstork's and Carol's (one of our members). 100% captive bred. Soaked everyday. Why does that matter? When they arrive to your doorstep, they will be hyper...
  12. J

    I need help reworking my knowledge of tortoises.

    I've been a tortoise owner for over a year and am honestly embarrassed by my many mistakes. After discovering a recent post about tortoises, I found I have the perfect new enclosure for her with suitable dimensions. The issue is I still have many questions to perfect my tortoise care, and I need...
  13. biochemnerd808

    Good hatching year!

    My little crew has had a good hatching year so far! 1 month old to 3 days here. 3 different clutches. All of them are CB2, second generation captive. We left on a road trip for 17 days, and 2 more eggs hatched during that time. I had placed 3 more eggs in a separate bin on moist paper towels...
  14. texastort17

    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Hello all. For reference, I’m in north texas where we haven’t had rain in quite some time. I have a few plants (which I kept in pots so I could take them inside during winter) within my tortoises cage. Long story short, I attempted to keep them alive with a solid soak, the abysmal heat were...
  15. SweetP

    Rhea Calypso my new 1yr old female Russian Tortoise

  16. J

    Can my Russian Tortoise be outside year-round in NorCal?

    I’d like to create a permanent outdoor enclosure for my RT. He’s about 3-4 years old. I live in Vallejo, California (located near the Bay Area) and have considered making him a huge outdoor enclosure to spend in year-round. I know people say SoCal would be fine year-round for a tortoise, but...
  17. biochemnerd808

    Incubating a broken egg

    One of my female Russian tortoises laid eggs today. Unfortunately, she broke one of them, but the yolk was still intact in the dirt. I very carefully spooned it up and brought it inside, since I remember seeing a thread here about an external incubation in saran wrap. (Here...
  18. biochemnerd808

    Deep shade and shade cloth for my Russian tortoises

    With warm weather coming, I wanted to share what I do about shade. You need sone DEEP shade, medium deep shade, and speckled shade. Ground temps can rise to 150°F here in the summer, which obviously isn't safe! I use 80% shade cloth (bought online - compare prices), one layer up high at a...
  19. Z

    Tips on Russian Tortoise Enclosure Please

    I am currently planning on building my own enclosure once I free up some more space but any tips to make Kirby’s current enclosure better would be awesome! He’s a Russian tortoise and around 6-7 months. This is a top view, the left side is a large shaded hide and the right side is his roaming...
  20. biochemnerd808

    Pebble, my "great grand tortoise" - CB2.

    Pebble is getting so big. She is the granddaughter of my first tortoise. She turns 1 in June and is just shy of 200g. Her coloring is really interesting, she was a very 'plain' baby with no speckling when she hatched, but is turning out to be quite the beauty! She lives outside now full...
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