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    Virus supplies worldwide comparison

    Hi to everyone- I hope you are all staying safe and healthy (or at least sticking to the flu ;) ) Haven't seen any updates for MN on this thread, so thought I'd chime in. here is the scenario as of today, virus-wise: Gas prices have been reported as low as $1.50 a gal. All schools are closed...
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    With your UV reading as a guide, I agree with your assessment that a window screen with plants to further diffuse the UV should get us close. I got some window screen in the garage- I'll cut some tonight. (I plan on getting a solarmeter at some point, but they are pricey. I can see that they...
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    Not without some major modifications to the enclosure. I could put a screen between the light and the enclosure, and ad some more hanging plants to diffuse the UV... do you think that would do the trick? If not, I wonder if there a replacement bulb I could put into the same hood to reduce the...
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    I'm finding it's hilarious and also a bit ridiculous how willful they can be. It's really amusing. I put some amethyst in the enclosure to add interest-really for me not the tort- and upon finding it wasn't edible, Raph bulldozed it over. But what was really funny is that he then B-lined it...
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    Here's a pic of the modified Boaphile cage-enclosure:
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    "bye bye plants"...lol" like my two-year old. But you pose a great idea! I'll observe his paths and work around them and see if he leaves the decorations alone. Tho I guess if the decorations only serve my interest I prob don't need them. I plan on putting safe/edible live plants in tho, so...
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    Curtis is home! Partaaaaay!

    Awesome wigwam! Great idea for a backyard hide.
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    LOL. Thanks for weighing in. 🍻 Nice looking redfoot, BTW! I think the charcoal (artist charcoal stick) color of the shell looks awesome- nice and smooth too. How old is he/she? side note about the rampaging: I wonder if there are things we can provide to give the torts something 'to do'...
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    Redfoot- Nictitating Membrane healthy?

    Is the nictitating membrane in this picture showing signs of infection, or is this a sign of mild stress? Maybe it looks normal and I'm being paranoid. Within the past week or so, this tort has experienced an enclosure change and some varying temps as I dialed in the temperature in the...
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    Sexing My New Tortoise

    ....after some consideration, I'll agree with you. A "V" is much more apt! lol
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    Sexing My New Tortoise

    Based on research and photos I've seen, this appears to be a female- flat plastron and "C" or "U"-shaped scutes under the tail.... a male would have a concave plastron and straighter scutes just below the tail... and a much longer tail in general.
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    Need opinions on this RF Tortoise please. This is a tortoise I am considering buying-

    LOL! I work very hard to maintain our vehicles so as to avoid having to buy one...lmao ;) RE tort price, you said it!
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    Curtis is home! Partaaaaay!

    Seems we're a bit late to the party too- but I told Raph about the good news and he poked his head out from his burrow...and sang from the roof top! I had to give him a soak to calm him down from the excitement. So happy that Technocheese and Curtis are reunited!! Cheers!🍻🐢
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    Mazuri Original vs. Mazuri LS

    ...Mazuri seems to be a good source of calcium- is this correct? I have the ingredients label somewhere... If I'm feeding Mazuri and black soldier fly larvae and have a cuttlebone accessible, I shouldn't need to mess with powder should I? -maybe i should post the question somewhere else....
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    Need opinions on this RF Tortoise please. This is a tortoise I am considering buying-

    My redfoot, Raph, is about 5-5.5" in shell length. Not sure how old he (she?) is. Someone on the forum said they think he is a young juvenile, so maybe 2-3 years old. I ended up paying $250 for him, which I know was overpaying...but fortunately my wife was on board and we just sucked it up- I...
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    Mazuri Original vs. Mazuri LS

    Just got some of the Mazuri formulated for tropical omnivorous tortoises in the mail this week. My redfoot loves it! I plan on feeding it infrequently however, and will stick to greens, veggies, and fruit. Thinking Mazuri will be a once or twice a month thing.
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    RedFoot Enclosure

    I've done some adjusting with my thermostat. Temp directly below the CHE is 85-90F, 77-82 in the middle area, and 75 in the corner furthest from the CHE. A bit on the cool side.... My tort roams the entire enclosure, but definitely shows a preference for the area near the CHE (seems to prove...
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    Curtis has gone missing

    This is fantastic news!! I'm so relieved and happy for you and Curtis!!!🎆🎆
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    RedFoot Enclosure

    Definitely don't want that to happen. I'll go adjust it now. If it proves difficult maintaining in the low 80s...maybe I'll swap out the 100W CHE for a 50W(?)
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    RedFoot Enclosure

    Here are some pics of the finished conversion: after being set up for 5 hours, it's at 80% humidity and 80F. Though it is around 95F under the CHE... perhaps that is too hot? He tried to nibble the amethyst but upon finding it's not edible, knocked them both over. He then explored his entire...
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