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We recently have a Russian tortoise. She hasn't ate for 3
Hi, we recently have a Russian tortoise. She hasn't ate for 3 days. Anything we can do? Will she be all right without food? … read more
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I have a rescue russian tortoise with possible mild shell
Second opinion] I have a rescue russian tortoise with possible mild shell rot, and I would like to know if what I'm doing is the correct care for him … read more
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Anna
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We have a 2 yo Russian tortoise. Theres a little in his
We have a 2 yo Russian tortoise. Theres a little nick in his shell. We think when he toppled over his stone tunnel he must have nicked himself. Should we worry/panic/ignore? … read more
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Joan
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My wife and I have a Russian tortoise we bought Septmeber
Hi Anna,My wife and I have a Russian tortoise we bought Septmeber 1st 2017. He has been happy and healthy, eating normal and pooping and peeing as well. He has a tank with mulch, half log he sleeps un… read more
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Joan
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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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Hello Anna :) I'm hoping you can help. My daughter has a male
Hello Anna :) I'm hoping you can help. My daughter has a male Russian tortoise she got him in late September. At first he seemed fine...at least for what we knew about tortoises. Well, after about 2 m… read more
Anna
Anna
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Our russian tortoise has just recently started making a lot
Our russian tortoise has just recently started making a lot of noises. Sometimes it sounds like squeaking. Other times it almost sounds like a meow. I don't notice anything else strange about his beha… read more
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Joan
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My tortoise is not eating, is less active and does not go into
My tortoise is not eating, is less active and does not go into his shell. His eyes are closed most of the time. What's going on with him?… read more
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Joan
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I have just got an adult Russian tortoise Rasputin he has shell
I have just got an adult Russian tortoise Rasputin he has shell damage and some of the shell is loose around the side and seems to be flaking off. It is not moist or weepy he is showing no other signe… read more
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Joan
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Hello Anna! I have had a Russian tortoise for a year
Hello Anna! I have had a Russian tortoise for a year now (I have no idea if he is male or female) and he seems to be doing well, he has a huge appetite, urinates and defecates everyday, his eyes are c… read more
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Joan
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I have a female tortoise she is 8 x8 inches she currently weighs
I have a female tortoise she is 8 x8 inches she currently weighs 3lbs when she woke up from hibernation she weighed 2lbs. I have had her about 3 years she has not grown. She has a raised shell with sc… read more
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Anna
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Bachelor's Degree
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Someone dropped a tortoise off at my sisters work today &
Someone dropped a tortoise off at my sister's work today & she called me to come get it, since I already have a Russian Tortoise and "know how to take care of them". I know what MY tortoise needs on a… read more
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we noticed that our russian tortoises shell has become soft
we noticed that our russian tortoise's shell has become soft on the top and bottom. he is not moving that much and not eating like he was. what is causing this? do we need to see a vet? what can we do… read more
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Hello there, I have recently purchased two baby tortoises and
Hello there, I have recently purchased two baby tortoises and because I dont know their sex call the smaller of the two (she) I am very worried because she is biting the larger one really badly, I hav… read more
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Joan
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Hi, my Russian tortoise is not moving much his head appears
Hi, my Russian tortoise is not moving much his head appears swollen he cant eat or retarck his head back in he isint moving much. I'm not sure if he is dying.… read more
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Joan
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I have a Sulcata tortoise, and the other day I noticed that
I have a Sulcata tortoise, and the other day I noticed that his shell had a little flake coming off of it. I just wondered if this was normal. I give him a calcium supplement every day, so I am hoping… read more
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Joan
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My Russian Tortoise has been rubbing herself on rocks..scratching
My Russian Tortoise has been rubbing herself on rocks I presumed she was scratching an itch. but now I see she has a worn spot on her underside were part of the shell has become worn in between her bo… read more
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I have a russian tortoise thats eyes cant open what could
I have a russian tortoise thats eyes can't open what could cause this and what should I do… read more
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