Help identify my tortoises

ahmeddocrat

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Hi, new to the forum. I recently adopted 2 tortoises from the previous owner in Dubai, and I would appreciate your help in identifying the species. I have attached pictures of Oscar (the large one, dark shell) and Slowmo (the little one, light brown). Please help
 

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sulcata tortoise and (I think) a Hermanns tortoise. Please separate them into two different enclosures. Here is the correct care info for sulcata tortoises
this care sheet is for hermanns tortoises
 
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Hi, new to the forum. I recently adopted 2 tortoises from the previous owner in Dubai, and I would appreciate your help in identifying the species. I have attached pictures of Oscar (the large one, dark shell) and Slowmo (the little one, light brown). Please help
Oscar kind of looks like a leopard
 

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sulcata tortoise and (I think) a Hermanns tortoise. Please separate them into two different enclosures. Here is the correct care info for sulcata tortoises
this care sheet is for hermanns tortoises
Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Could you please tell me which one is sulcata, and which one is Hermanns?
 

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Thank vert much Hamilton. Both are currently housed indoors, as the summer temperature soars to 45 degrees celcius. Would they be able to survive outdoors? With regards to feeding, they eat lettuce exclusively, and devour it. They don't touch the tortoise food (pic below). And I've never seen them drinking water. Any feeding suggestions? 15998676933104052869381224940145.jpg
 

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Thank vert much Hamilton. Both are currently housed indoors, as the summer temperature soars to 45 degrees celcius. Would they be able to survive outdoors? With regards to feeding, they eat lettuce exclusively, and devour it. They don't touch the tortoise food (pic below). And I've never seen them drinking water. Any feeding suggestions? View attachment 306078
you should guy mazuri (not the LS version) the zoomed grassland diet an take a while to get used to. i recommend you keep both of the tortoises indoors. you can bring them both outside for a few hours a week so you wont need a UVB bulb. i hope you separated them and read the care sheets. also, please dont feed them ONLY lettuce. pick weeds and grasses (only if theyre pesticide free) and chop them up.
 

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Thank vert much Hamilton. Both are currently housed indoors, as the summer temperature soars to 45 degrees celcius. Would they be able to survive outdoors? With regards to feeding, they eat lettuce exclusively, and devour it. They don't touch the tortoise food (pic below). And I've never seen them drinking water. Any feeding suggestions? View attachment 306078
You are housing them both incorrectly and it will soon cause problems. Tortoises should never live in pairs, and species should never be mixed. These two species have very different care and feeding requirements. The little one (Appears to be a sulcata, but we need more and pics and different angles.) is already pyramiding from being kept in conditions that are too dry.

Lettuce is not a good tortoise food. The ZooMed pellets you've got are a great way to add variety and fiber to the diet, but it will take time to get them used to eating that food, or any other new food. Start by soaking one tiny broken pice of a pellet in a little bit of water. Then mix the much in with the day's greens. Over time add more and more of the new food, and the tortoise will slowly accept it.

Please read those care sheets and make the necessary changes to the way you are housing and feeding them.
 

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You are housing them both incorrectly and it will soon cause problems. Tortoises should never live in pairs, and species should never be mixed. These two species have very different care and feeding requirements. The little one (Appears to be a sulcata, but we need more and pics and different angles.) is already pyramiding from being kept in conditions that are too dry.

Lettuce is not a good tortoise food. The ZooMed pellets you've got are a great way to add variety and fiber to the diet, but it will take time to get them used to eating that food, or any other new food. Start by soaking one tiny broken pice of a pellet in a little bit of water. Then mix the much in with the day's greens. Over time add more and more of the new food, and the tortoise will slowly accept it.

Please read those care sheets and make the necessary changes to the way you are housing and feeding them.
Thanks very much for your detailed and comprehensive response. Really appreciate your help
 
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