Found Russian Tortoise in Brookfield Illinois

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Found walking down my sidewalk while walking my dogs. Not sure what to do but don’t want to just let it go unless I really have to. I don’t know if it would survive our winter. Any help greatly appreciated.
 

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Found walking down my sidewalk while walking my dogs. Not sure what to do but don’t want to just let it go unless I really have to. I don’t know if it would survive our winter. Any help greatly appreciated.
Hello!
Looks like it's an escaped pet tortoise. It needs some bathing in lukewarm water (shallow, up to level where bottom and top shell meet) and some greens - kale, cilantro, arugula (from grocery store) or mulberry/hibiscus leaves if you have some.

You can check care details here (mostly for diet):

Try posting on Nextdoor, FB to search for owners. Ask for the photos to prove ownership - shell scutes have some asymmetry and it's easy to verify.
 

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So s/he has a REALLY unusual scute pattern on its back so that should make identifying it easy for anyone who has pictures. But s/he needs a really good soak...

Also consider posting on 24pet connect and reporting to your local shelter, but again make sure they show pictures before claiming.

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Not releasing. Soaking it now. Set up a large bin with potting soil. Bought collard, turnip greens and squash to feed it. Seems very friendly and curious.
 

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Not releasing. Soaking it now. Set up a large bin with potting soil. Bought collard, turnip greens and squash to feed it. Seems very friendly and curious.
NO POTTING SOIL. very bad for it, also no squash.

Can you run out to a reptile store and buy a simple back of coco coir? When I got my russian rescue i got a bag of zoo med coco chips which wasn't ideal, but better than potting soil.

For food right now from a grocery store stick to endive, radicchio, frissee, dandelion greens (aka chickory), and escarole.

That beak is long, s/he hasn't had the best care
 

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NO POTTING SOIL. very bad for it, also no squash.

Can you run out to a reptile store and buy a simple back of coco coir? When I got my russian rescue i got a bag of zoo med coco chips which wasn't ideal, but better than potting soil.

For food right now from a grocery store stick to endive, radicchio, frissee, dandelion greens (aka chickory), and escarole.

That beak is long, s/he hasn't had the best care
Ok. Doing this now.
 

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Great, even a Petco should work but shoot for CocoCoir / Orchid Bark...
 

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Ok. Doing this now.
If you have questions please ask them here. The pet stores don't know a lot about tortoise care especially where you live. They will sell you incorrect items. Especially lighting. Coco coir and repti bark would be great substrate.
 

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Hi please advertise locally as they are renown escape artists and potentially there is an anxious owner.
However looking at the pic the tort is dry and very dehydrated.
Please have a read of this

If no owner materialises then give it the best set up you can provide. If you take a pic of the tail we may be able to advise male or female. This is only visible the more mature they are but this look like it has lived a few years.
 

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Hi please advertise locally as they are renown escape artists and potentially there is an anxious owner.
However looking at the pic the tort is dry and very dehydrated.
Please have a read of this

If no owner materialises then give it the best set up you can provide. If you take a pic of the tail we may be able to advise male or female. This is only visible the more mature they are but this look like it has lived a few years.
Can you tell from these pics if it’s male or female?
 

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Welcome to the forum. All the right advice is being offered, so stick with us!
 
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