1. Harvey_Halfshell

    Summer brumation, dos and don'ts?

    Hi all, I'm really annoyed by the lack of information on a google search about what to do when your tortoise burrows in their enclosure and there is a risk of night rain. My instinct is to dig him up or risk him drowning but says "Do not try to prevent a healthy tortoise from...
  2. 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...
  3. Harvey_Halfshell

    Hello from Harvey

    Hi all, just joined the forum so thought I'd introduce my 6-year-old Russian tortoise (re)named Harvey. Had him for around 4 months and he is a joy to keep! Built him and outdoor enclosure with a secure heavy-gauge mesh lid but he has been very lethargic as the weather here in the UK has been...
  4. J

    Is this safe?

    My Russian tortoise is about 4 months old and digs alot, I gave him some extra bedding so he had more room to dig but for the last 2 days he seems to be lying head first in the holes he is digging. He always lies in his holes however not normally like this. Is this dangerous for him? Should I...
  5. Falcon70

    Help Building a New Outdoor Enclosure for Year Round Use

    Hey all! I'm looking to build my Russian tortoise a new outdoor enclosure. The old one has done an admirable job over the years, but is tired. Plus, I'm moving and Mzee's going to have a much bigger yard to roam, so it's time to expand and improve. I've been browsing through the enclosure...
  6. plutoparty

    Conflicting vet opinion on whether tortoise is male or female

    Hi, Just got back from a vet visit for my newly adopted tortoise. This vet is convinced that "Hank" is female.... but the vet at the animal shelter that I adopted from thought it was a mature male tort. If Hank is female, the vet thinks they would be fairly young, around 5 years old, since...
  7. No1much

    Electric fan in indoor table

    Hello. Just wondering if small desktop fans are okay in the tables. I have two Russians in (separate) indoor tables atm. It's summer in the UK and we're getting a bit of warm weather and Aircon is rare here. I live in a flat that's partially in the roof space and it gets warm. It's currently...
  8. Oxalis

    OK for Russian Male to Ram Rocks?

    Just a quick question regarding the safety of my Russian. I've not noticed him ramming anything until this year, but he has been rather amorous with a particular rock in his enclosure for quite some time. Is he OK to ram this small paver in his enclosure? I'm hoping to get him some more outside...
  9. Inspire2be

    Oogway our rescued Russian 🐢✨

    Oogway catching some ☀️ He’s doing great & no more issues going on! So glad I drove 1.5hrs to rescue this dude. 💚😊 He’s so chill & loves to be by you. …….and….escaping 🤦🏼‍♀️😂
  10. Inspire2be

    Safe outdoor weeds? Please help. Appreciate responses! (Russian)

    I have a new Russian & I live in upstate NY. Can anyone glimpse these 6 (labeled with each pic for clear photo) pictures & tell me if these are safe for Oogway to eat or not. I’m sure it’s been asked a ton but I just want to make sure lil dude eats right & appreciate any...
  11. M

    I'm going to buy a tortoise, but I have a question for it

    I'm going to buy a Russian Tort, and I just want to know if me being in Upstate NY (def not an ideal temperature) if it would be fine to take him out of his exhibit every once in a while, probably just once or twice a day for no longer than an hour, but probably more like 30 mins, outside is...
  12. J

    Looking For Adult Female Russian Tortoises

    I've been lurking on this site for a couple years. I have a 10 foot diameter, 2 foot high planted stock tank that I've prepared for tortoises. I'm looking into buying a couple adult female russian tortoises because I may want to get into breeding a few years down the line once I have more...

    Is Tortellini a boy or a girl? Also, worms.

    This is Tortellini, AKA Teeny. She is a rescue from PETCO, I have had her less than 48 hours. She was going to get euthanized because of her blemished face, but I saved her because she is very much alive and well. ( I own another one and have the $$$ to add another family member as well. The...
  14. K8E K

    Adult Russian Female

    Adult Russian Female, nice size at 892g. Was brought to me by her previous family who had kept her with a male in a small tank, had a prior owner as well (unknown history there). Had a run in with a dog many years back with the previous owners, and sustained scute damage (visible in pictures)...
  15. CrunchyBrother

    Help, need reviews/ advice re. Portable/USB heat pad for travel

    Hi everyone, my husband and I + our Russian tort will be moving from WA to KY in May. The trip will take 4 days driving with hotel stays and access to wall plug electricity overnight. I am looking for reviews/suggestions for heat pads/heating methods that you have used. I notice that the...
  16. G

    Shell healthy?

    This is my almost 1 year old Russian. How is the plastron looking? Is it healthy or any shell Roy at all? Just curious
  17. K

    Tortoise not using back legs, not peeing, sensitive shell

    My Russian tortoise has stopped eating and she is dragging her back legs and I'm worried. She is like 15 years old. Took her to the vet. X ray and blood taken. No eggs or broken bones or kidney stones. I have her in a 40 gallon tank with a power sun light bulb (heat and UVB and UVA all in...
  18. V

    Looking to potentially rehome my baby

    Hi all. I have a sweet little Russian named Tango, and while I love him very very much, I am considering re-homing him. There’s a few reasons I have come to this conclusion, but the main issue is that I am back in college. This means: 1. I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to his care 2. I...
  19. No1much

    Is cadwells shell okay ?

    Hey everyone I was just handling cadwell (russian male approx 4/5 years old now) and I noticed his shell has alot of dips and crevices. I've noticed it before but never thought much of it but the way the lighting was really exaggerated it. He seems very happy and hes VERY active. When I first...
  20. No1much

    Reptile store bought plants

    Hi everyone. I like to keep my russians enclosures looking nice so I like to buy plants from reptile specific pet shops (irl or online) I always specifically ask "are these tortoise safe". I also check the tortoise table website etc. However I'm always concerned about the soil they're kept in...