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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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My daughter's Russian tortoise is about 18 months old (got
My daughter's Russian tortoise is about 18 months old (got him as a baby). We recently moved to a different home and at first he seemed fine. After the end of the summer, though, the room he was in co… read more
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PitRottMommy
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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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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
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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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 a 7 month old Russian tortoise who I got in Feb. He
I have a 7 month old Russian tortoise who I got in Feb. He is housed indoors in a glass aquarium. Since I have had him he will eat for several days, then stop for several days. I had him to the vet ab… read more
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Dr. Ellie
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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
Joan
Joan
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Hello, I have 2 Russian Tortoises, 1 Male (Michelangelo)
Hello, I have 2 Russian Tortoises, 1 Male (Michelangelo) and 1 Female (April). April's behavior is excellent, she is friendly, allows us to pet her from time to time, eats very well, and is very activ… read more
Anna
Anna
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My 5 year old sulcata tortoise has always semi hibernated from
My 5 year old sulcata tortoise has always semi hibernated from January through March. We keep him inside when he does down for the count so he is never cold, but he reliably makes himself a spot and "… read more
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Dr. Taus
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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
Anna
Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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I have a tortoise and recently he has stopped moving and his
I have a tortoise and recently he has stopped moving and his head has retracted into its shell, were unsure if he is still alive? I put him in the sun today in our conservatory and his head has come o… read more
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Joan
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My female russian tortoise passed away yesterday and we were
My female russian tortoise passed away yesterday and we were trying to find out possible reasons why. She was a capture as a baby and I have had her in captivity for over five years now. She was appor… read more
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Joan
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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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Anna
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we live in bakersfield california and have a russian tortoise
we live in bakersfield california and have a russian tortoise in a large outdoor planter..last fall we 'lost track of him' in the fall and assumed he was gone...in april he 'reappeared'...we have not … read more
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Anna
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I have a russian tortiose since May. Hes about one and half
I have a russian tortiose since May. He's about one and half years old. WE moved him inside 3 days ago to tank and he snuggled in and went to sleep. He hasn't woke up. He's sleeping with his limbs spr… read more
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Joan
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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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Joan
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him last christmas, he had giarrdhea, but hes been well since Feb.
I live in Tidewater, VA and have an adult Russian tortoise. When I got him last Christmas, he had giarrdhea, but he's been well since Feb. Should I try to hibernate him outside or move him inside? It … read more
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Joan
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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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Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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