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Our little tortoise hasn't moved all day. When I tried
Hello , our little tortoise hasn't moved all day . When I tried lifting him his arms contracted a bit . We were told to give him lettuce and carrots and put him in the sun for 30 minutes each day . He… read more
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I think my Russian tortoise went into hibernation in the
Second Opinion] I think my Russian tortoise went into hibernation in the garage (I live in Michigan) though I kept heat lamps on. So I brought him inside but he still won't eat (3 weeks now). I've bee… read more
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Anna
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I rescued a tortoise a little over a year ago that had the
I rescued a tortoise a little over a year ago that had the beginnings of what looked to be severe pyramiding. I am worried that his shell isn't getting better. I can't tell if I am overreacting or if … read more
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Anna
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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
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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My desert tortoise is not eating and is not gaining weight
My desert tortoise is not eating and is not gaining weight like the others! I think it's a female, and the other two are males! They came out of hibernation about a month ago! The same thing happened … read more
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PitRottMommy
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I have a hermanns tortoise, it is, got for xmas, its shell
i have a hermanns tortoise, it is young, got for xmas, its shell is just over 1.5 inches front to back. its habitat is larger than suggested, is lined with 1 part coconut husk chips, and 3 parts cypre… read more
Joan
Joan
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My baby tortoise won't wake up or eat. I don't know I got
I don't know I got her three months ago from a pet store shed 4 in long … read more
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
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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I have just been given a horse field to have a look at its
I have just been given a horse field to have a look at its in poor shape it has no muscle in its back legs can't walk and a soft shell? I own hermens very healthy and giant spurred… read more
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Joan
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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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Joan
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Joan answered my reptile question on this page on 5th October
Joan answered my reptile question on this page on 5th October 2011 re our pet tortoise. Her answer helped us and the tortoise recovered well. We were very grateful. (my son thinks I'm crazy though) La… read more
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Joan
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I have red footed turtle (purchased a year ago). She was hibernating
I have red footed turtle (purchased a year ago). She was hibernating all winter long and just woke up with swollen eyes and her shell looks different - like she is piramiding (I have found this condit… read more
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Anna
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how can you improvea hermans tortoises back legs to help it
how can you improvea hermans tortoises back legs to help it lift them up so shell is off the floor… read more
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Joan
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my tortoise is not eating and is not active as usual, the vet
my tortoise is not eating and is not active as usual, the vet gave him some vitamins, but its not working and he doesn't know whats wrong. help plz!… read more
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Joan
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ive had our 2 hermans tortoises for 4 months now. both female.
ive had our 2 hermans tortoises for 4 months now. both female. i bath and clean them every day to ensure they have plenty to drink. and their diet is 100% danelions on a day to day basis. recently we … read more
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Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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desert tortoises that are kept in captivity (rescued) by a
desert tortoises that are kept in captivity (rescued) by a college professor, teaches her classes that tortoises do not need water and that they can live on just eucalypti plants and she also says if … read more
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we have just bought an african spurred tortoise. The people
we have just bought an african spurred tortoise. The people we bought him/her from say she is 4 years old but she is only the size of a small hamburger. We live in Birmingham, AL and need a herp vet t… read more
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Joan
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cob: walking..she dragged her back legs a lot..getting better..herself
I bought a 5 yr old female tortoise before Christmas who despite living in a vivarium with a day spotlight has decided to hibernate - well semi hibernate as I do wake her periodically to eat as not su… read more
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