Hi! New tortoise mama!

Ladyliberty

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Hi! I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself! We just adopted an 8 yr old African leopard tortoise today! His (her??) previous owners named him/her Parker but we will probably change it once we get to know him/her better. I have some questions but I will search for the answers in other threads. :)

Can't wait to meet some other tortoise owners!
 

Rue

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Sounds exciting! :) Where did you adopt him/her from?
 

TortoiseWarrior

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You've come to the right place. The information just does not stop on here. How is the tortoise doing?
 

Ladyliberty

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He's doing ok I guess. But he's really shy and mostly just hides in his tank. If I put him in the garden he hides under my bean plants.

I'm not sure I'm feeding him right. I'm doing what the previous owner said to do but it's just green leaf lettuce and radicchio twice a day. That's it. Isn't he supposed to have hay or something else?
 

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Yeah you need more variety I think. Greens. Spring mix, red leaf, green leaf, kale, romaie, plants, dandelions are just some varieties. And there is still more.
 

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Hi and welcome. Where are you located?
The caresheet will help with diet and www.thetortoisetable.org.uk will help you ID tort safe plants. My leopard loves dandies, plantains, clover etc. He likes to graze his own grass but won't eat it if I pick it, and he doesn't like dried grass either so I blend Readigrass almost to a powder and sprinkle that on his food then spray with water to make it stick, to add more fibre to his diet.

Hope he has a nice big tank - my leopard is about 5 years and has his own room as he is too big for a viv or table.
Do you have an outdoor enclosure set up for him yet? There's lots of ideas in the Enclosures thread and Tom has a great design for a heated night box if you are somewhere warm and secure enough for him to live outside.
Lots to learn but this is the best place to learn it.
 

Grandpa Turtle 144

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He's doing ok I guess. But he's really shy and mostly just hides in his tank. If I put him in the garden he hides under my bean plants.

I'm not sure I'm feeding him right. I'm doing what the previous owner said to do but it's just green leaf lettuce and radicchio twice a day. That's it. Isn't he supposed to have hay or something else?
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Ladyliberty

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I feel like he's really small for how old he is. He's 8 yrs old and only 4.5 inches. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1463767029527245 ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1463767039670250 ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1463767077205878
 

Lindsay79

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Welcome and congrats!! I am a new tortoise mama too and it has been super fast!

Getting my tortoise to eat new foods has been challenging. There are some great resources on this forum. And everyone is super helpful!!
 

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