Help for a newbie owner. (general care & routines)

Benja28

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So, i am a newbie owner and yes, I did my homework and investigated about this species but, I want to know from more experienced owners.

I want to know about baths, supplements, general cares and routines...

Thank you all !
 

Ricky j

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So, i am a newbie owner and yes, I did my homework and investigated about this species but, I want to know from more experienced owners.

I want to know about baths, supplements, general cares and routines...

Thank you all !
Calcium powder is important sprinkle it on their food and as for Russians in most tortoises when you soak them they tend to evacuate their bowels it's better just to give him a water dish they can walk in and out of on their own with my Russian I use 10 or 20% sand mixed with soil and cypress mulch on top and preferably don't use an aquarium tank to house them in I use a smaller plastic kiddie pool think it's 5 feet round it works great if you have the space and give em a smaller half log or something similar to climb over put some fake or real plants in there so they can hide but if you use real plants just make sure it's something they cant get sick from if they eat it and build him or her a hide and don't keep it moist in there they need lower humidity but not bone dry and keep their UV light 12-14 inches high or higher and use a desert dwelling uv light for em and keep them outside as much as possible during the warmer months that way they soak up the natural sunlight
 

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So, i am a newbie owner and yes, I did my homework and investigated about this species but, I want to know from more experienced owners.

I want to know about baths, supplements, general cares and routines...

Thank you all !
 

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Ricky j

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There's a pic of Mr T (Russian tortoise)outside he sleeps out there most the summer I bring him in for the winter
 

Benja28

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She is Belly and i just adopted her, I dont know her age and I dont know if she has pyramiding because like I said, I am a newbie and im trying to give her the best.
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This is her in the enclousure, any advices on that ? It is small ? What can i change ?
 

Benja28

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Calcium powder is important sprinkle it on their food and as for Russians in most tortoises when you soak them they tend to evacuate their bowels it's better just to give him a water dish they can walk in and out of on their own with my Russian I use 10 or 20% sand mixed with soil and cypress mulch on top and preferably don't use an aquarium tank to house them in I use a smaller plastic kiddie pool think it's 5 feet round it works great if you have the space and give em a smaller half log or something similar to climb over put some fake or real plants in there so they can hide but if you use real plants just make sure it's something they cant get sick from if they eat it and build him or her a hide and don't keep it moist in there they need lower humidity but not bone dry and keep their UV light 12-14 inches high or higher and use a desert dwelling uv light for em and keep them outside as much as possible during the warmer months that way they soak up the natural sunlight
Thanks for all that information, i want to give her the best life that i can
 

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And that little food is because she doesnt eat and i think she is adapting to her new house
Yeah my Russian didn't eat for the first week after I got him but then as soon as he got comfortable he ain't stopped eating since lol
 

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She is Belly and i just adopted her, I dont know her age and I dont know if she has pyramiding because like I said, I am a newbie and im trying to give her the best.
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This is her in the enclousure, any advices on that ? It is small ? What can i change ?
Could be bigger but if it's nice she has everything she needs in there but if at all possible once she's settled in let her roam around your yard so she can munch on weeds and dandelions and you'll see once they're out in a wide open space of the yard they'll move around and explore more more than they ever will in their enclosure in the house when I first got my Russian and put it outside it always take off to the neighbors yard but now after 4 or 5 years it just stays in our yard and with mine I don't have to sit out there and watch him I just go check on him every now and then I can normally just look out the window and see where he is just don't take that part for granted lol
 

Benja28

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Could be bigger but if it's nice she has everything she needs in there but if at all possible once she's settled in let her roam around your yard so she can munch on weeds and dandelions and you'll see once they're out in a wide open space of the yard they'll move around and explore more more than they ever will in their enclosure in the house when I first got my Russian and put it outside it always take off to the neighbors yard but now after 4 or 5 years it just stays in our yard and with mine I don't have to sit out there and watch him I just go check on him every now and then I can normally just look out the window and see where he is just don't take that part for granted lol
I will try and let her roam around if I can, once she has adapted to the new situation
 

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No roaming - very dangerous. Please see the link supplied above. How many inches is she? Not too bad with pyramiding and if she's an adult you can't do anything about it now anyway.
 

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Ok definitely a juvenile then and pyramiding is an issue to keep on top of
 

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No roaming - very dangerous. Please see the link supplied above. How many inches is she? Not too bad with pyramiding and if she's an adult you can't do anything about it now anyway.
Ur tortoise roaming around ur yard is not dangerous what are you talking about
 

Ricky j

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Okey understood, no roaming. And to answer your questions, she is 2,95 inches
Benja letting your tortoise outside is not dangerous if you want proof check out garden state tortoises yt channel or any of the other millions of vids of people who leave their tortoises and box turtles outside all day and night in some cases. And I've kept mine outside during the warms months for 4-5 years and have never had an issue and neither has anyone I know who owns tortoises or box turtles seeings outside is their natural environment
 

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