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aidbre94

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Hello! I’m from central/north Ontario, Canada and I’m the proud papa of a 7 month old CBB Russian! I’ve been very hesitant to post as it’s a bit intimidating seeing all these experienced people but I thought I’d finally do it.

I’ve been following the care guides pretty well and still have improvements to make but some of it is tough being from this 3 month a year summer place lol. I’ll get there and forever learning!

I want to ask some experienced keeper how my little dude/dudettes shell looks? Im constantly paranoid about pyramiding and I really am the biggest helicopter reptile parent there is, I own 4 snakes who are all pampered lol. Humidity stays above 60% almost all the time in the tub and night spikes up to like 85 (no heat at night just 70-75 room temp) and their humid hide is always 85%+ and 99% at night. All damp coir throughout the enclosure except maybe under the lamp it gets a bit dryer but I try and keep it moist. Looking forward to opinions, and welcomes!!!

He/she really is my baby and I’m trying really hard to give them a great life. I just want to see how the shell is doing at this point as a baseline because I’m right paranoid. Is the slight bumpiness I see just Russian growth as I’ve read they’re a little messier in their growth than some others species.
 

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maggie3fan

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Hello! I’m from central/north Ontario, Canada and I’m the proud papa of a 7 month old CBB Russian! I’ve been very hesitant to post as it’s a bit intimidating seeing all these experienced people but I thought I’d finally do it.

I’ve been following the care guides pretty well and still have improvements to make but some of it is tough being from this 3 month a year summer place lol. I’ll get there and forever learning!

I want to ask some experienced keeper how my little dude/dudettes shell looks? Im constantly paranoid about pyramiding and I really am the biggest helicopter reptile parent there is, I own 4 snakes who are all pampered lol. Humidity stays above 60% almost all the time in the tub and night spikes up to like 85 (no heat at night just 70-75 room temp) and their humid hide is always 85%+ and 99% at night. All damp coir throughout the enclosure except maybe under the lamp it gets a bit dryer but I try and keep it moist. Looking forward to opinions, and welcomes!!!

He/she really is my baby and I’m trying really hard to give them a great life. I just want to see how the shell is doing at this point as a baseline because I’m right paranoid. Is the slight bumpiness I see just Russian growth as I’ve read they’re a little messier in their growth than some others species.
Russians don't pyramid that easily welcome
 

Krista S

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Welcome to the forum! I’m in Saskatchewan. I’m happy to see another Canadian here, so glad you posted and shared pics of your cute little guy. He’s adorable and I think his shell looks great. What name did you pick for him?
 

Sarah2020

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Welcome, I would say full marks so far so good.

Looks smooth, you have a nice ring of new growth and black pigment filling in. Keep doing what your doing. I suggest a weekly weight log to check for weight gain and loss and actually, I find it so satisfying to see a growth spurt. Ensure calcium is part of her diet to ensure strong shell growth and keep watching the shell. Regular soaks will help enormously. Enjoy
 

aidbre94

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Thank you for your input!
Welcome, I would say full marks so far so good.

Looks smooth, you have a nice ring of new growth and black pigment filling in. Keep doing what your doing. I suggest a weekly weight log to check for weight gain and loss and actually, I find it so satisfying to see a growth spurt. Ensure calcium is part of her diet to ensure strong shell growth and keep watching the shell. Regular soaks will help enormously. Enjoy
They get
Welcome to the forum! I’m in Saskatchewan. I’m happy to see another Canadian here, so glad you posted and shared pics of your cute little guy. He’s adorable and I think his shell looks great. What name did you pick for him?
Their name is Thanos! If they end up being a girl, then Thanos may become Thumbelina 😂
 

aidbre94

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Welcome, I would say full marks so far so good.

Looks smooth, you have a nice ring of new growth and black pigment filling in. Keep doing what your doing. I suggest a weekly weight log to check for weight gain and loss and actually, I find it so satisfying to see a growth spurt. Ensure calcium is part of her diet to ensure strong shell growth and keep watching the shell. Regular soaks will help enormously. Enjoy
Thank you! They get soaks daily and sleep in their humid hide every night. Calcium with d3 once a week and calcium without once a week. A vitamin without d3 once a week & a varied diet with cuttle bone always available. I’m so happy I’ve been doing a good job.
 

AmandaF

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Congresbury
Hello! I’m from central/north Ontario, Canada and I’m the proud papa of a 7 month old CBB Russian! I’ve been very hesitant to post as it’s a bit intimidating seeing all these experienced people but I thought I’d finally do it.

I’ve been following the care guides pretty well and still have improvements to make but some of it is tough being from this 3 month a year summer place lol. I’ll get there and forever learning!

I want to ask some experienced keeper how my little dude/dudettes shell looks? Im constantly paranoid about pyramiding and I really am the biggest helicopter reptile parent there is, I own 4 snakes who are all pampered lol. Humidity stays above 60% almost all the time in the tub and night spikes up to like 85 (no heat at night just 70-75 room temp) and their humid hide is always 85%+ and 99% at night. All damp coir throughout the enclosure except maybe under the lamp it gets a bit dryer but I try and keep it moist. Looking forward to opinions, and welcomes!!!

He/she really is my baby and I’m trying really hard to give them a great life. I just want to see how the shell is doing at this point as a baseline because I’m right paranoid. Is the slight bumpiness I see just Russian growth as I’ve read they’re a little messier in their growth than some others species.
Welcome, your tortoise looks lovely
amanda
 
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