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I have a Russian tortoise. We have had her since July. She
I have a Russian tortoise. We have had her since July. She has been active and eats every day until recently. I am wondering if she is trying to hibernate. I'm not sure what to do if she is. She is ho… read more
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Anna
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I have a California Desert Tortoise and he has been in
Hi, my name is***** have a California Desert Tortoise and he has been in hibernation which is normal for him except this time I left him in his terrarium because he started his hibernation late. I rec… read more
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My Hermann tortoise (25 years old) is dragging back legs.
my Hermann tortoise (25 years old) is dragging back legs. Does have sensation (will pull them in when touched). He only came out of hibernation 3 weeks ago or so - and not really yet fully active. … read more
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My desert tortoise hasn't moved since summer hit. He is
My desert tortoise hasn't moved since summer hit. He is cognizant because he will look around at us but he won't eat or drink or move. All he does is sleep every day and its been like this for a coupl… read more
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My 3-4 month old sulcata seems a little lethargic and not
My 3-4 month old sulcata seems a little lethargic and not opening his eyes much... very worried and we gave no vet here on Kauai to help … read more
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Anna
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My brother's hermann tortoise hasn't moved all day... he's
My brother's hermann tortoise hasn't moved all day... he's only about 6 months old, head in shell but legs hanging out... earlier this week he wasn't eating and seemed tired... is he dead? What happen… read more
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I have a desert baby tortoise that is not moving much and
I have a desert baby tortoise that is not moving much and just staying on top of the rocks. It looks like its sleeping but he is not eating. Is this normal? … read more
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Anna
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My tortoise is hibernating, and I have questions. My 5 year
My 5 year old Mediterranean (I think) tortoise is kept indoors, in an enclosure with sand on the bottom. He started hibertnating on his own 4 days ago by sleeping in/staying under his "tunnel". He's never done that for more than 2 days before. I did take him out twice to confirm that he looked fine (he did). I did soak him for 10 minutes in water about 7 days ago, and he did drink. Should I mix soil in the sand to keep him moist? I'm also concerned because the temperature in my apartment is around 69 degrees. Do I need to keep him cooler? How? … read more
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Anna
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My babe desert turtles' eyes are closed and it's not eating
Hi there my babe desert turtles' eyes are closed and it's not eating and moving. It stays in its cave and its under shell is kinda soft . Is it sick ? … read more
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I have an immature desert tortoise that came out of hibernation
I have an immature desert tortoise that came out of hibernation really early. We brought him/her inside. Should we feed , water? What should we do?… read more
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Anna
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I would like to re home a tortoise - herman - but the carapace
I would like to re home a tortoise - herman - but the carapace has three pyramids on the top. We had tortoises when we were children, and I remember the hutch &run and their hibernation every year. Th… read more
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I need help with my sulcata tortoise. I came home from vacation
I need help with my sulcata tortoise. I came home from vacation and in 7 days time His shell is sunken in around one of his pyramids and it is Soft around that spot. He is 3 yrs old and first time its… read more
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desert tortoises that are kept in captivity (rescued) by a
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I just got a tortoise from a friend and its not very active.
I just got a tortoise from a friend and it's not very active. What are some of the reasons that this might be?… read more
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two African spurred Tortoises for about six week...30lbs & the female
I have had two African spurred Tortoises for about six week. The male is about 30lbs & the female, Lucy, is about 25lbs, she is the one I am worried about. We have noticed that Lucy was not moving aro… read more
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My hermans tortoise appears to be walking on the on the &quo
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I have a female tortoise over 25 yrs old- she hasa white thick
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me, dunno what kind... maybe gopher....what do i feed him
i have a 40 year old tortoise...new to me, dunno what kind... maybe gopher....what do i feed him ? how often ? when does he sleep. is he "dormant" at special times of the day ?… read more
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