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grantb1

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My girlfriend has wanted a tortoise for quite some time so I decided to finally get her one for our five year anniversary. After about a month of research and giving her a lecture of ALL the responsibility we got Sheldon. He is a baby ibera Greek tortoise from Keith Lavoo (CGKeith). Keith was great in answering all my questions and shipping, I could definitely tell he actually cares about them rather than just wanting money and then to be done with me.
Anyways we just got Sheldon tonight, he has been exploring his new home and eating spring mix as well as sleeping in his hide. My neighbor built the box for him (much smaller than my specified measurements) for free. However Sheldon will be getting a much bigger home this winter after the semester is over. I really appreciate this forum and all of the helpful information. Anyway here are some pictures :)
-Grant
 

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Welcome! You did great with the research and especially with getting one from Keith. Welcome to TFO and to the wonderful world of tortoise keeping!
 

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Thanks guys! The next addition will be some rocks for him to explore on and for him to 'naturally' keep his little toenails trimmed.
As soon as he arrived he was soaked in warm water and then placed in his new home. He then headed straight for his hide and eventually came out and ate, explored a bit and went straight back in. He later came out to bask under the light and has since been back in his hide for several hours and has not come back out. My girlfriend (Laura) is worried about him even though I am assuring her this is normal behavior since he is a baby and since I'm sure he is worn out and overwhelmed from his trip. So this is kind of an expected behavior for his first day right? Thanks!
-Grant
 

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Okay I've learned babies sleep a lot and not to be worried unless they aren't eating or going to the bathroom!
 

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He got weighed (.9 ounces) and measured some additions to his home today :)

He got a woodchip on his head from digging and there is a good one of him posing by the water dish! We love him!
 

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