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    Looking for a baby Russian tortoise

    We got our Scooter from Carol S. I highly recommend her.
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    Larry eats outside, but not inside

    I grew up in Bremerton, but have lived in Minnesota for the past 25 years. The most important thing is to make sure that Larry doesn't get caught in the cold dreary weather as he can get sick. I know November can be very rainy. I am sure experts who currently live in the area will have more...
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    Larry eats outside, but not inside

    To define for others on this forum: PNW is the Pacific Northwest. I grew up near Seattle. Where in PNW do you live? And welcome!
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    Any advice? (enclosure size)

    We use a repurposed bookcase that is 5.5 feet long and 3 feet wide. We bought it at the thrift store for about $15 and modified it by adding a frame for a lid and creating a solid back. (And, for those who will say that space is still too small, We are lucky in that we are able to take...
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    --- Thank you for your explanation. I'm not trying to be hot-headed. I was just clarifying that 1) the lights in the picture have changed, and 2) we are getting off track from the OP question. I have truly appreciated the advice I've received, and even the correction of myths. I just want to...
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    The OP is needing help; so let's help him rather than judge the picture of what my daughter and I did before Scooter arrived. As noted twice, we have made changes, most notably the lights.
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    NOTE: in my comment above: Note: this picture was taken just before we got Scooter so there have been some changes, most notably the lights. We now have a T5 UVB instead of a condensed. We also have a daylight spectrum LED for added lighting.
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    See the picture I posted above Also... this picture shows our repurposed bookcase. We found this at the thrift store for a few bucks, and my husband added the top frame and lid as well as built the stand which also serves as the bottom of the enclosure. Note: this picture was taken just...
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    Thank you for the pictures. Please note: My daughter (and I )are new tort owner/caretaker as of April. Here is what we have learned along the way. 1) Tortoises need soaking. Give them a soak two to three times a week in an opaque (not see-through) dishpan type container. Warm water (about 95...
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    Outdoor enclosure indirect sun

    Katie, We are doing the same thing; turning our large planter into an outdoor enclosure. We aren't done yet as we have some tomatoes growing in one corner, and we have to build up the siding (with overhang) so our tortoise can't get out. But what little he has been in it, he seems to really...
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    Where can I buy

    We got our Scooter from @CarolS. She's fantastic.
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    I don’t know how I can make my tortoise feel better

    Can you post pictures of what the current enclosure looks like and share more about what care/diet you have given your tortoise to this point? Until you get posts from others, please feel free to read information found here. https://www.tortoiseforum.org/#tortoise-topics.11
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    Should I be worried

    Severely limit the fruit for a Russian tortoise. Their digestive systems can't handle the fruits' sugars.
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    Should I be worried

    We keep our temperature about 32-35 degree C, and have two plastic pans ready; one that Scooter is soaking in, and the other to be filled with warm water as the first pan cools down. Then it is just a matter of lifting him from one to the other and refresh the first one.
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    Is Clyde/Clydie a boy or a girl?

    I've had a RT only a few months; just turned three in June... but his tail is a lot longer than Clydie. So, I'm guessing you probably have a female. But, please, don't take my word for it. See what others say.
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    Thanks Carol S for our russian hatchling!

    We got our Scooter from Carol in April. She is fantastic and continues to work with us as we adjust to becoming tort owners. Most recently she helped us with adjusting our lights/heating in Scooter's enclosure and identified a plant for us in the outdoor-enclosure-to-be. It doesn't matter...
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    Tortoise only poops when soaked

    We are lucky enough to be home during the day. We've had our RT since the beginning of April, and through the summer we've established a routine for him. Mid-morning we take him outside to our big back yard and give him time to walk around. We chose that time of day because that is part of...
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    Where to put T5 UVB fixture

    Thank you. I will talk that over with Charity and see what we can do to add a little more lighting to the middle.
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