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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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We have an approx. 7 year old Horsfield/Russian tortoise. We
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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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My tortoise Sian (18 years old, male testudo graeca) has
My tortoise Sian (18 years old, male testudo graeca) has always been well until this summer, when I first noticed a very slight pinky-orange colouring along his flanks. As this stayed into autumn and … read more
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We just got a Russian Turtle and she's not eating...should
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We have an adorable Russian Tortoise named Buddy. We've had
We have an adorable Russian Tortoise named Buddy. We've had him for three year now and I don't know how old he is but he was full grown when we got him. Every fall since he's attempted to hibernate. W… read more
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I just got a tortoise from a friend and its not very active.
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Im forced by necessity to allow my 60 year old California
I'm forced by necessity to allow my 60 year old California Desert Tortoise to hibernate outside for the first time. She has always been put indoors to hibernate but the garage is just to warm to allow… read more
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we live in bakersfield california and have a russian tortoise
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Why is my Russian Tortoise suddenly not eating Weve had him
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him last christmas, he had giarrdhea, but hes been well since Feb.
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