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I have a rescue russian tortoise with possible mild shell
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Ok I have a baby sulcata tortoise about 2 months old. I have
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My Russian tortoise has dark black spots on his arms and
My Russian tortoise has dark black spots on his arms and legs, and some scabs on his neck. Is this normal?… read more
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My Sulcata doesnt seem to be moving much in his tank he goes
My Sulcata doesnt seem to be moving much in his tank he goes to the corner and just doesnt move , but he moves outside whenever hes outside in the front yard eating grass he moves alot? what does this… read more
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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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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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I have a 10 year old Russian tortoise with a large bump on
I have a 10 year old Russian tortoise with a large bump on the back of his neck. It doesn't seem like it's bothering him but its growing quite large. It's small around but it's about half a inch tall.… read more
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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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i have a russian tortoise, and while examining him today, i
i have a russian tortoise, and while examining him today, i noticed a small, almost 1/2 inch chip in his shell. i took a picture of it (http://imgur.com/k590b5u) ,and was wondering if it was some sort… read more
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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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My Russian tortoise never eats or drink. All he does is burrow.
My Russian tortoise never eats or drink. All he does is burrow. Is he sick or just trying to hibernate?… read more
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which is soft to the touch - not so that it can be depressed but kind
I have a Greek spur-thighed tortoise who lives free in the garden. I have had him about 10 years but I have noticed an area on the underside of his shell which is soft to the touch - not so that it ca… 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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My tortoise has runny nose syndrome what treatment would you
My tortoise has runny nose syndrome what treatment would you recommend and do I need to go and get it from a vet or could I buy online, as I don't live near a vets? Would alamycin applied a drop to ea… read more
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Hi, We have a new baby Horsfield tortoise unsure of its
Hi, We have a new baby Horsfield tortoise: unsure of its exact age. It's not interested in eating and hasn't defecated since purchasing on Friday. Is he ill or merely adjusting to new surroundings/ lo… read more
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Have a cherry head tortoise (4-5 months old) bottom of its
Have a cherry head tortoise (4-5 months old) bottom of its shell (belly area) has many brown "scars" on it. Somewhat soft to touch… read more
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We have a russian tortise, the shell near the lower rings of
We have a russian tortise, the shell near the lower rings of scoots appears to be pulling away, almost like the shell is splitting from growing -- she seems heavier as well ...what could be the cause… read more
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Anna
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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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