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I have a 10 year old female Hermann tortoise (we keep her
I have a 10 year old female Hermann tortoise (we keep her outside) and I've noticed the bottom of her shell is pink in some areas. I've read this could be a sign of septicemia. Are there any other sym… read more
Anna
Anna
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My son was changing the bedding in the sulcata tortoise
My son was changing the bedding in the sulcata tortoise enclosure last night and our big dog got a hold of one of the tortoises. It was just a baby at 3 to 4 inches. The underside of the tortoise does… read more
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Joan
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Just a quick question about our tortoise. She's a super
Hi there! Just a quick question about our tortoise. She's a super sweet and content little thing. She does something that baffles us. She'll stick one or two limbs up in the the air, sometimes straigh… read more
Anna
Anna
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My baby leopard tortoise has a soft shell that pratically
My baby leopard tortoise has a soft shell that pratically appeared over night. She is about 9 to ten months old … read more
Anna
Anna
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I have a baby african sulcata, the shell is a little sunk in
I have a baby african sulcata, the shell is a little sunk in on the back of shell..this was a little noticeable when we first got but now is definitely more noticeable.. … read more
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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Left front leg is swollen and not using it. Yes can not see
Yes can not see wound area around where it goes under its she'll seems swollen. … read more
Joan
Joan
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Fee bought about a month old leaped tortoise last week from
Fee bought about a month old leaped tortoise last week from someone we thought was a breeder but can not get in touch w her..... Today notice it's face was all dark and smelled like his poop.. Could h… read more
Joan
Joan
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we have a young leopard tortoise he has recently gone into
Hi we have a young leopard tortoise he has recently gone into his shell his legs aren't floppy but his head is tucked right into his shell… read more
Joan
Joan
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joan, I've woken up this morning UK to find my 1 year old tortoise not waking up.
Hi joan, I've woken up this morning UK to find my 1 year old tortoise not waking up.... He's head and legs seem more tucked in his shell as usual and he isn't waking up...? I've tried his warm water b… read more
Joan
Joan
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I have a baby greek tortoise that after she eats she sleeps
I have a baby greek tortoise that after she eats she sleeps a lot. Is that normal? And also, the bottom of her shell is a little soft. Is that good or bad??… read more
Joan
Joan
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my dog broke into my desert tortoise habitat and chewed the
my dog broke into my desert tortoise habitat and chewed the shell off on the bottom shell under his neck about 1 inch across. it is raw and bled a little but not still bleeding. Will the shell grow ba… read more
Joan
Joan
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some of the areas on our tortises shell are indented, what
some of the areas on our tortises shell are indented, what would cause this and what should we do… read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
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Doctoral Degree
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we have had an african hingeback tortoise for the last 4 years.
we have had an african hingeback tortoise for the last 4 years. recently his shell appears dry, and flaky between the scutes. he has been eating more and we have been giving him several hours a day of… read more
Joan
Joan
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we noticed that our russian tortoises shell has become soft
we noticed that our russian tortoise's shell has become soft on the top and bottom. he is not moving that much and not eating like he was. what is causing this? do we need to see a vet? what can we do… read more
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Joan
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about a dime-sized area, it appears to have melted through the shell
my tortoise somehow knocked her sunlamp onto the rear portion of her shell and melted it in about a three inch area. about a dime-sized area, it appears to have melted through the shell and a white ar… read more
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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Have a cherry head tortoise (4-5 months old) bottom of its
Have a cherry head tortoise (4-5 months old) bottom of its shell (belly area) has many brown "scars" on it. Somewhat soft to touch… read more
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Joan
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i have a baby mediterranian spur thighed tortoise and it seems
i have a baby mediterranian spur thighed tortoise and it seems to breath very heavily (its front and back legs go in and out a little as it breaths, is this normal for a baby tortoise?… read more
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We have an African Sulcata Tortoise. She is still a baby.
We have an African Sulcata Tortoise. She is still a baby. She is the size of the palm of my hand (female). We set up a home for her in a glass aquarium, with lighting. This home is temperary. We will … read more
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Anna
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