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Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by erose78, Oct 8, 2019.

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    Hi everyone. I am Erin. I am new here and a new tortoise mother. My friend found a tortoise on her driveway and was unable to find the owners after 3 weeks.. so I decided to adopt. I am still digging through all these threads but I am hope someone can tell me what species this is... just so I know what tailor my research to. Thank you!!! IMG_4921.jpg IMG_4923.jpg
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    It's an Arizona desert tortoise that someone has had since it was a hatchling and they kept it in extremely dry conditions, leading to the pyramiding you see on the shell.
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    Thanks, Yvonne. I appreciate it!
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    He needs some long, long warm soaks right away! Rehydration therapy is key. Lucky guy (or girl?)
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    By the way, welcome to this site!:tort:
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    In addition to offering hydration which is important...that tort is underweight...which means likely poor diet--which will also contribute to pyramiding....so offer up as much food as the tort will eat...I also would plan to ATTEMPT to keep the tort awake during the winter vs letting it brumate....you will want to be able to watch the tort for a year or so to get to know it before supporting a successful brumation. Gorgeous tort...
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