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  1. TriciaStringer

    Shade Cloth

    I recently got a job after being home for five years. That means I won’t be spraying my tortoises down during the day and dumping and refilling their waters during the day. I had bought them these shade cloths on sale during the summer for $16 each. I just hadn’t gotten around to using them...
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    Need Ideas

    I need plant ideas. I planted a spineless cactus, purslane, and hibiscus in one of the torts shady hide/planter boxes. Today I added 8 small planter boxes to the outside of their fence. I had lots of extra wood and already had all the planters. What would you plant in it? I live in...
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    Cool Hides

    We added the dirt to the culvert boxes. We will let the dirt settle, add more dirt, and then plant tortoise food in them. Before adding the dirt, the tunnels were 10° cooler than the ground right outside of them.
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    Free Culverts

    I am in Denham Springs, LA and have some culverts our sulcatas are too big to use anymore. They would be great for redfoots or similar size tortoises. I attached examples of what we do with them. We still need to fill them with dirt. It is a great escape from the heat. Our big guy uses his all...
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    Plant Id

    What is this teeny tiny weed? It is like ground cover.
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    Soaking Time

    81 degrees, occasional wind bluster, and sunny! Everyone is getting a nice soak outside in this amazing weather.
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    Types of Hay

    I have used Timothy hay and orchard grass mostly for my sulcata. I’m trying to save some money and looking for orchard hay at the feed store but I’m having no luck around here. I prefer orchard hay to Timothy. I did find coastal hay sold by the square bales. It is made from Bermuda grass. Has...
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    Tail Rot?

    My daughter is panicking that she thinks Mushu has tail rot. We started soaking in a betadine water solution and then applying Bactroban. What do y’all think? His tail has always been darker since we got him back in April.
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    Weed ID help

    I’ve used the plant app with no luck on these. The last two pics are the same plant, just zoomed in on the second one.
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    Grassland Tortoise Food Changed

    I like feeding my torts some Grassland Tortoise Pellets. I don’t do it often so my last container lasted almost a year. I bought a new one and upon soaking them, immediately noticed a difference. The old ones would puff up and keep their shape. My Russian eats them this way and my big sulcata...
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    Slidell, LA Reptile Show

    The show is January 12 and 13th. I'm planning on taking my whole family. Anyone else going? We are going on Saturday.
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    Please help ID

    These are popping up everywhere. Hoping they are good tortoise food.
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    I think okra is a hibiscus. Wondering about blooms and leaves. Do you guys feed it to your tort?
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    A Closed Chamber Idea This item caught my eye. Not sure if it could work but got me thinking.
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    Adding On

    I spent all day working in the yard getting things ready for Pepe and my husband’s raised garden beds. Pepe is getting another 8x4 ft addition (all the way to the left). His heated night box will be in this new part, and I’m planting some edibles on this side. I really like how everything is...
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    Russian Night Box

    Because my husband is interested in strangling me over all the tortoise work, I had someone do most of the work on my Russian box. My husband has built a closed chamber enclosure, 4x8 night box for our sulcatas, fenced in a new yard with a dividing wall for two sulcatas, and built a Russian...
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    Tortoise Tried to Kill Me

    Well, my husband thinks the tortoise tried to cause my demise, but it was really my clumsiness. Yesterday I had put our almost 2yo sulcata outside in her enclosure before putting out her food. I usually have it waiting. She went to find it and when her stone was empty she went to her favorite...
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    My Russian Enclosure

    I just wanted to show an updated picture of how the plants grew in. The basil plant (I think that is it) took off and gives him such amazing shade. I definitely recommend using it to provide shade because they usually don’t eat it. It really doesn’t matter for me because the little turd will...
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    Yard Snake

    My hubby found a DeKay’s Brownsnake while mowing. My four daughters love it when he finds a treasure.
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    Tibby's Secret Spot

    I love watching Tibby walk purposefully across her yard to the same exact spot she has stomped down just so she can enter her secret hiding spot. We call it her doorway to her grass cave.