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New Baby Egyption Tortoise Care

Discussion in 'Egyptian tortoises' started by gixman, May 26, 2017.

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    We are getting one this year from Chris, as well. How many are you getting?
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    Cool thank you!
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    I’m getting 2...I’m hoping for a male/female pair.
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    Longhorns- is that Fly River in your avatar yours?
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    You're welcome.

    That's awesome. Can't wait to see how things progress with your 2 little ones. Be sure to post lots of pics! We contemplated going with 2 or 3 initially, but decided on just the one for now. Our enclosure should be finished in the next couple of weeks, so it'll be nice to have things dialed in prior to his/her arrival.
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    Yep. His name is Ra. We've had him for about 17 years now. He lives in a 600 gallon Pentair fiberglass tank with a group of 20+ spanner barbs.
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    This is a photo from the first day we moved him over to his new tank. 20151020_203414.jpg
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    I just finished building the actual vivarium enclosure frame. Trying to figure out the sliding doors right now. I will def post some pics. Like you I want to have it up and running so that I can dial in my temp gradient and humidity.
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    Wow! Were they much easier to find 17 years ago? It’s impossible to find one.

    Ra as in the Egyptian god of the Sun?
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    Yep. Exactly. He had a distinct sunburst pattern on his carapace when he was younger. It has since faded quite a bit with age.

    Yes. They were fairly cheap back then. I think we paid $250-300 for him back in 2001. In fact, we had 3 FRT's at one point.

    This is a photo of him after about 6 months in our care. received_1911168998912885.jpg
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    Very nice! Be careful with that FRT... I’ve heard lots of stories of people keeping them outdoors in ponds and one day they are stolen by someone. I follow this guy on YouTube and it sucks to hear how upset he was:

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    Salspi,
    The fly river was found! It crawled out of the enclosure and went back to the pond. There's a video of the day he found it, he happened to have Brian Barzyk with him.
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    Gixman- how is everything going with your Egyptian ?
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    Yes! Would love to hear about your experiences after a year with your little one.
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