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Give this a read!
Baby Russian Tortoise care sheet (also for other herbivorous tortoise species)
I wouldn’t suggest leaving them out. Too much can go wrong...
Do you mind posting a picture of the setup? What are the temperatures within the enclosure?
Considering that it sounds more like a setup / husbandry issue, I don’t see a need to visit the vet. There are very experienced members here that can help.
If you haven’t already, take a quick...
I’m glad you got back in time! I’ve never had that problem. Sounds very scary.
I’m sure you weren’t very far, but try to make a habit of being around while he’s soaking. Lots of members, including myself, will prepare food, clean the enclosure, etc. during soaks.
Also, what container are you...
Sounds like the veterinarian wasn’t much help. Your best bet is to stick with advice on the forum.
This is great care sheet to read.
Russian Tortoise Care Sheet
I’ll try to answer all your...
He was most likely raised too dry. Don’t worry! Like stated above, it’s only cosmetic and isn’t that severe.
As for your other question, my only thought would be that most Russians you see are wild caught, which have little if any pyramiding. Captive bred Russians tend to have bumps due to...