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Her eyes are puffy and, so are her back legs. I was away for
Hi, her eyes are puffy and white, so are her back legs. I was away for 2 weeks and came home to her looking like this. My sitter said that she hasn't been eating or wanting to soak. I don't have a her… read more
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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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We just got a Russian Turtle and she's not eating...should
We just got a Russian Turtle and she's not eating...should we worry? we read that they want to hibernate,but are wondering if light and temp for her should mimic underground conditions that would exis… read more
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We have an adorable Russian Tortoise named Buddy. We've had
We have an adorable Russian Tortoise named Buddy. We've had him for three year now and I don't know how old he is but he was full grown when we got him. Every fall since he's attempted to hibernate. W… read more
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I have a Russian tortoise and as she was walking around outside
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In the last week, I have noticed that our Sulcata Leopard tortoise, approx. 6 years old, h
In the last week, I have noticed that our Sulcata Leopard tortoise, approx. 6 years old, has very wobbly back legs and often stumbles when using them. All other health looks good. Her diet is high fib… read more
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My desert tortoise seems to have lost her appetite. She usually
My desert tortoise seems to have lost her appetite. She usually enjoys dark romaine, carrots, and other recommended greens. This week she is leaving them alone. She has water and sunlight and a log to… read more
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I have had my tortoise from the pet store for a week and a
I have had my tortoise from the pet store for a week and a half. In the first few days, she was eating and out in the open much of the time, but for the last week, she is always burrowed. We never see… read more
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I dont think my tortoise has eaten enough this summer. Is
I don't think my tortoise has eaten enough this summer. Is there anything I can do before he goes into hibernation?… read more
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I HAVE A RUSSIAN LAND TORTUISE AND SHE IS ABOUT 10 YRS OLD.
I HAVE A RUSSIAN LAND TORTUISE AND SHE IS ABOUT 10 YRS OLD. RECENTLY THE TISSUE AROUND HER EYES AND UNDER HER CHIN ARE KIND OF PUFFY IT DOESNT SEEM TO BE BOTHERING HER BUT WHAT COULD THIS BE AND WHAT … read more
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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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past couple weeks, constantly walking..more/less active
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I have a 2 yr old hermans tortoise. I have had him only 3 months.
I have a 2 yr old hermans tortoise. I have had him only 3 months. I keep reading contradictory advice about care for tortoises. He has been in a large outside garden enclosure since we bought him. How… read more
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for 1 year with no problems (think they are about 2 years old
Hi, Have two Horsfield tortoises, had for 1 year with no problems (think they are about 2 years old). They have never hibernated. One is a boy, the other (we think) is a girl. They are housed indoors … read more
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Why is my Russian Tortoise suddenly not eating Weve had him
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i have had a box turtle which i purchased in tampa fla, almost
i have had a box turtle which i purchased in tampa fla, almost 5 years ago. he is slow latley :( i don't think he is hibernating (i've kept a lamp on him each day and turn off at night since ive had h… read more
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I have 2 tortoises. One has come out of hibernation & is normal.
I have 2 tortoises. One has come out of hibernation & is normal. The other is not moving his eyes are closed he has not eaten yet. I put him out in the sun & he did move a little with his eyes closed.… read more
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Hi! I have a male Russian tortoise who will only eat red leaf
Hi! I have a male Russian tortoise who will only eat red leaf lettuce or Romaine. I sprinkle on vitamin A powder but he simply doesn't touch those pieces. Will this diet be enough to keep him healthy?… read more
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