1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Help!!! Tortoise found in my garage.

Discussion in 'Hermanns tortoises' started by MariaDubai, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Hi the other day, I found a tortoise in my garage. It was love at first sight. We have tried to locate the owners but nothing so far so we will make him a home in our garden. Can anyone tell me from the picture if this is a russian?
  2. TechnoCheese

    TechnoCheese Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Lewisville, Texas
  3. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    73,541
    Likes Received:
    34,354
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Clovis, CA
    Can you post better pictures please? Good shots of the top and bottom shells, including the tail.
  4. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Here comes the pictures, thank you for reply. I hope you can tell me what kind this is and sorry for the tail picture, it is so short to capture.

    Attached Files:

  5. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Hi, i read through the info you sent me, thanks for that. Very useful. I live in Dubai and the weather here is crazy hot in the summer. 50 degrees Celsius. Right now we have winter and it is around 20 degrees celcius and 14 at night. I am using sand mixed with soil. My tortoise lives in my Aloe Vera garden. He has plenty of space in and out of sand and access to shallow water. Is the sand bad for him? He seems to love it.
  6. TechnoCheese

    TechnoCheese Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Lewisville, Texas
    I wouldn’t use the sand. It causes impactions if eaten, and is a skin, nose, and eye irritant.
  7. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Ok, so you think the soil will be cool enough for him in the summer? It gets really really hot here. 50 degrees Celsius. :)
  8. TechnoCheese

    TechnoCheese Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Lewisville, Texas
    The soil should be enough, as long as it is not treated with fertilizers, weed killers, etc.
    As long as he has enough shade, hides, water, and weekly soaks, he should be fine. You’ll just have to make sure that he is well hydrated :)
  9. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Thank you, that's great!
    TechnoCheese likes this.
  10. Franco F

    Franco F Active Member TFO Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2017
    Messages:
    161
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    New York, New York
    I may be wrong, but that tortoise looks more like one of many forms of Greek tortoises. His/her face definitely doesn’t resemble a Hermanns
    TechnoCheese likes this.
  11. Franco F

    Franco F Active Member TFO Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2017
    Messages:
    161
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    New York, New York
    TechnoCheese likes this.
  12. WithLisa

    WithLisa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2015
    Messages:
    938
    Likes Received:
    560
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Austria
    Yes, definitely a beautiful Greek tortoise. Could it be a wild one?
    TechnoCheese likes this.
  13. MariaDubai

    MariaDubai New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2018
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Dubai
    Wow really a Greek one? He has 5 claws on the front legs, if that means anything. He may be wild, I have no idea.
Similar Threads: Help Tortoise
Forum Title Date
Hermanns tortoises Help! Is my tortoise dead Apr 14, 2018
Hermanns tortoises Help! - heating a tortoise table Apr 7, 2018
Hermanns tortoises Tortoise newbie! Help! Mar 17, 2018
Hermanns tortoises Can anyone help identify my tortoises? Jan 2, 2018
Hermanns tortoises A little help/advice with Herman Tortoise tabke Dec 2, 2017

Share This Page