Female Russian tortoises generally get bigger than males. In the wild where they’re from, they spend most of their time underground hibernating or hiding from the heat during the summers so they’re growth is slower. But I’m captivity they’re usually active all year long being given more...
I’m not sure if this is helpful.
I’ve been rescuing Russian Tortoises for about a year or two now, and I make sure the past families have my phone number for the purpose of sending update pictures. So far two families request pictures of them once in a while and I have no problem sending them...
I was randomly looking at pets Craigslist from other states when I came across this post. I believe this to be a gopher tortoises. Aren't any species under the Gopherus genus illegal to be sold?
When I get a rescue russian that only eats lettuce and will not touch anything else, I will withhold food from them for a couple days. After that they will always eat whatever I put in front of them, and continue to eat what I provide. I am unsure what others on the forum think of this method.
I see them in a pond near mount Diablo when the rain fills it up in the winter. I also found a young male in my backyard about a year ago, the nearest body of water is a mile away so we are unsure how it got there. They are beautiful.