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  1. willee638

    Tortoise eye problem

    Sorry to hear of your tragic double lose, it was no fault of yours because most novice tortoise owner would have responded exactly the same way. If there's anyone to blame it must be the vet who tried to treat an animal species that wasn't in his field of expertise....
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    Tortoise eye problem

    Sorry, this doesn't sound good. I'm afraid your tortoise might have already passed, the eye infection could have been caused by bacteria.
  3. willee638

    Tortoise eye problem

    That's horrible to hear, yes people don't understand an ordinary vet for mammals isn't the same as a reptilian vet & often prescribed medicines or anti-biotics that are fatal. Actually I learnt many of what we thought are ailments is actually not enough hydration, unclean enclosures, not enough...
  4. willee638

    Tortoise eye problem

    Hi, you said it's one eye doesn't open I heard a YouTube tortoise breeder uploaded a video of his rescue tortoise with a similar situation where the tortoise's had one eye completely shut, and he discovered the previous owner didn't soak him much or not long enough so he was able to remedy the...
  5. willee638

    My WILD child

    Lovely story & a couple of pleasant unexpected gifts, I like many others only just getting started raising these amazing animals. I'm glad I choose red foots as they are the least aggressive, most sociable pleasant & mild tempered of all other species of tortoises. From everything I read on...
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    Hi, I currently have 3 red foot tortoises & I noticed all individuals have slightly different...

    Hi, I currently have 3 red foot tortoises & I noticed all individuals have slightly different preference for certain foods. The yearling raised much earlier alone now together with 2 babies of several months doesn't share the same interest for some foods, is it so if tortoises raised together at...
  7. willee638

    Tortoise Scream, Help.

    Yeah, farting & exhale sounds when spooked & retrieving into their shells. tortoise sounds are mostly inaudible unless you're right up next to them at inches away, the only 1 out of 3 red foots I ever heard noises from & many other animals also doesn't communicate through vocal sounds.
  8. willee638

    Tortoise Scream, Help.

    I've never heard tortoises scream, but my first red foot did used to make a swirling type noise when I pet her head never sounds when soaking though. Could it be the water temperatures too high or water levels too deep? Or worst he's in pain? I have 3 red foots & tortoises usually never make any...
  9. willee638

    Help!! Female or Male?

    Male or female the most popular question on the forum by far, I guess most keepers of torts are under 5-6 years including mine. I tried to observe, analyses & mostly guess what they are, but there's no way to be certain.
  10. willee638

    RF Foaming at the Mouth

    Thanks for the information, I didn't know tortoises might get heatstroke too. But I observed this in a relatively short time of 20 minutes after they were on the fields, they appeared to be less active at this point & slowly began to walk towards me. there's no water source nearby & the...
  11. willee638

    RF Foaming at the Mouth

    Hi, I noticed yesterday when I took all 3 of my red foot tortoises to the fields for roaming at around 11am-noon I saw 2 of the younger torts forming at the mouth like bubbles but not the older one of possible 2 year old. It was only approximately 28-30 degrees celsius in April not yet full...
  12. willee638

    New owner of yellow foot tortoise

    Yellow foot tortoises isn't available in the areas where I reside in, but cherry heads & red foots are very common. We also have milder winters of temperatures averaging 8-16 degrees celsius, but even this isn't suitable to keep them outdoors. I have taken my red foots for hour long walks in...
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    Redfoot Care Sheet(hopefully final draft)

    Yes, I was informed by a very knowledgeable forum member very early on when I enquired are full spectrum UVA+UVB bulbs necessary for tortoises that receives regular exposures to direct outdoor sunlight. I was advised this wasn't even necessary & I changed to only use 2x40 watts incandescent...
  14. willee638

    Outdoor activity & exercise for torts conducive to growth....

    Hi, I allow my RF tortoise regular outdoor activities & roam with close supervision & natural sunlight as much as possible from an early stage of their lives. I find tortoises responded quite well to growth & weight gain & were never sick to my knowledge, My first red foot started out at...
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    Is buying a UVB lamps even necessary if my babies are getting sunlight 4 times weekly?

    Yes, I too was given this advice & it's true red footed tortoises/cherry heads or any other tortoises shouldn't use Mercury Vapor lamps. That was my big mistake when I purchased one as a replacement to the first UVA+UVB light with a Lucky Herp 80 watts MVB full spectrum lamp for my then baby RF...
  16. willee638

    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    From this I can interpret intrusion is direct competition by the same spices or other animals for food, shelter, survival & territory etc...
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    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    I have also wondered about the question, can having a small group of 3 or more RF's stimulate & not intimidate? Would it be true even none natural predators & none aggressive animals a tortoise encounters in the wild sharing the same fields & planes of land or I often see other pet spices...
  18. willee638

    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    I tend to agree reptiles like most tortoises are solitary animals unlike some not all mammals as well, they perhaps don't need to be in large numbers for safety reasons. RF's congregate at the same site to eat where food is abundant without conflict other than mating is already much more...
  19. willee638

    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    Absolutely correct, so much in sights into these animals' environmental & social interactions/behaviors. For the average potential or novice pet tortoise or turtle owners often has no idea or will ever ponder what kind of commitment they'll be making to care for these animals, when I first...
  20. willee638

    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    This is fascinating stuff, the alpha males & alpha females exist regardless in how large the group of tortoises are in? I guess in larger numbers the aggressions of the dominant one wouldn't be targeted towards one individual only & spread around not stressing out one submissive individual then...
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