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Joan, something is going on with our 1,5 year old pet Greek
Hi Joan, something is going on with our 1,5 year old pet Greek tortoise, Tucker. For the past week or so he isn't coming out of his tunnel unless we take him out to soak him and/or place him at his fo… read more
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Joan
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I have a Russian tortoise who has watery eyes. She's
Hi I have a Russian tortoise who has watery eyes. She's basically been in hibernation mode for the past couple of months, meaning she doesn't really come out of her home. I've been waking her up occas… read more
Joan
Joan
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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 RES didn't want to be in the water. Insisted in hiding in
My RES didn't want to be in the water. Insisted in hiding in my pantry under a bunch of towels. It has been like that for the last 4 days. I know that some brumate but on this one I have no info id sh… read more
Joan
Joan
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Desert tortoise woke up. First time spending winter outside.
Desert tortoise woke up. First time spending winter outside. Should I bring it inside and keep awake and feed? or let it go back to hibernate? its 60s during the day, 40's at night.… read more
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Joan
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This isn't a health related question but I am converting a
This isn't a health related question but I am converting a small room into a tortoise space and I wanted to make sure that there is adequate heat so I am looking for heat mats; however all of the rept… read more
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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My Russian tortoise (15years old)will not stick s head out
My Russian tortoise (15years old)will not stick his head out from his shell.He hasnt eaten in a couple weeks and I'm starting to worry.he has adequate heat and U.V. And his diet has never changed.Also… read more
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Joan
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We are thinking of releasing our red eared slider into our
We are thinking of releasing our red eared slider into our pond. We live in vermont. What are your thoughts?… read more
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Joan
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I have a 5+ year old RES that I bought from a pet shop. She
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Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
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I have a 13 year old female red eared slider who lives in an
I have a 13 year old female red eared slider who lives in an outdoor pond with and enclosure. I have had her since she was the size of a nickel when she fell in my pool. Every year around the end of O… 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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Anna
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Hi, my tortoise is 13 years old and lives indoors in a large
Hi, my tortoise is 13 years old and lives indoors in a large heated and lit viivarium in the winter and outside on our back garden in the summer, she's always happier in the summer outdoors, our garde… read more
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Looking after schools Horsefields tortoises. Recently changed
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Good evening. Our tortoise hasnt moved nor eaten for more than
Good evening. Our tortoise hasnt moved nor eaten for more than a week now and we had stupidly put this on the account of the unusual cold weather, thinking he was sort of going into hibernation again.… read more
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Joan
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blankets..hibernating there are mice in her house with her
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Anna
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WE have a pet long necked tortoise/turtle who is very tame...rests
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Hello, Weve had a african spur tortoise for almost five years.
Hello, We've had a african spur tortoise for almost five years. We bought it from a reptile store. The store informed us that the tortoises never hibernated. We moved it into the garage during the win… read more
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Anna
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Why is my Russian Tortoise suddenly not eating Weve had him
Why is my Russian Tortoise suddenly not eating? We've had him for three years and this started about a month ago...… read more
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