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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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I found my russian tortoise dead last Night. We was fine
Hi. I found my russian tortoise dead last Night. We was fine yesterday morning before work but last night I found him dead. His neck and limbs were very swollen, his neck was purple, he had drool comi… read more
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Anna
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He is not using his back legs and isn't eating. no wounds
no wounds and they are not hurt he just will not use them when he is walking … read more
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Joan
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I have a marginated tortoise. Lately he doesn't seem like
I have a marginated tortoise. Lately he doesn't seem like himself. IS sleeping more. He usually poops when he baths and today his poop looked more brownish than green. He has not been seen by a vet si… read more
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The tortoise is behaving weirdly and we are worried it is
The tortoise is behaving weirdly and we are worried it is sick...it has been changing temperaturesome over the past few days trying to keep it out of the cold. It's not anlike very active tortoise any… read more
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Anna
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My russian tortoise refuses to be anywhere near s heat or
My russian tortoise refuses to be anywhere near his heat or UVB lamps. He hides under stuffed animals all the time. … read more
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I have a Russian tortoise that, after some neglect from a
I have a Russian tortoise that, after some neglect from a previous owner, will not eat. My name is Jenette. … read more
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I just noticed what looks like blood in my Russian tortoise's
I just noticed what looks like blood in my Russian tortoise's mulch type bedding in his aquarium. What could this be from? And what should I do?… read more
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Joan
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I have a Russian tortoise and as she was walking around outside
I have a Russian tortoise and as she was walking around outside i saw that on the outside of both of her front legs she was bleeding a little bit but could that be to her dry skin? What is something t… read more
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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
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Anna
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ive had my tortoise for three years and hes never really been super fond of hi
i've had my tortoise for three years and he's never really been super fond of his water before but lately he's been staying in his water all of the time. i've tried taking him out when i put his food … read more
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I purchased what was advertised as a Red Footed Tortoise from PetsMart but it turns out it
I purchased what was advertised as a Red Footed Tortoise from PetsMart but it turns out it is a Russian Tortoise.. Are they a legal species? Should I be concerned that it might not be legally imported… read more
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I have a redfooted tortoise that has hind leg paralysis. Is
I have a redfooted tortoise that has hind leg paralysis. Is there anything we can do to reverse it, or is it permanent. If permanent, will it still survive in an indoor setting?… read more
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I just got a Russian Tortoise 2 weeks ago. First it only slept
I just got a Russian Tortoise 2 weeks ago. First it only slept for the first few days. Then it paced to the next few days (non-stop) now it doesn't want to move at all. Is this normal or do you think … read more
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i have to russian tortoises that i started to care for because
i have to russian tortoises that i started to care for because the owners werent but i really dont know much on how to care for them...i feed them and take them outside occasionally but i noticed toda… read more
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I HAVE TWO HORSEFIELD TORTOISES ONE EATS CONSTANTLY AND IS
I HAVE TWO HORSEFIELD TORTOISES ONE EATS CONSTANTLY AND IS TWICE THE SIZE OF THE OTHER ONE ,WHOM HARDLY EATS AT ALL CAN YOU ADVISE ME WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM ?… read more
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Anna
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My russian tortoise is not eating or drinking. I think he
My russian tortoise is not eating or drinking. I think he is young - he is around 7 inches long. Please see original question. He barely moves around his enclosure and seems very lethargic.… read more
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Russian Tortoise with white, runny stools, otherwise healthy
I have had a Russian Tortoise since Jan 2009. He looks and acts healthy, eats greens and fruit gel every day, but ocassionally has white, runny stools. He also has regular solid stools. Is there a pro… read more
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