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  1. 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...
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    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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    A dominate little tort, is reacting to everything & others an indication?

    Hi, I'm presently keeping 3 RF together in an enclosure "at least 2 babies" estimated of possibly 3-4 months old most of the time. One of the baby a very curious little tort would react to everything around it even when another tortoise eats or move about, he seems to pay attention & move...
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    Is buying a UVB lamps even necessary if my babies are getting sunlight 4 times weekly?

    Hi, when I first started keeping my baby tortoise I purchased a full spectrum UVA+UVB vapor lamp. a replacement after that & it served me fine at first but now my tortoises are taken outdoors for natural sunlight at temperatures of 22-28 degrees celcius 4-5 times per week or in the summer time...
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    Why my yearling red foot tortoise has a pungent smell?

    I have recently acquired a little RF yearling tortoise from a friend & from day one it had a strong odour "stink" mainly on it's plastron, I noticed this pungent smell became more prominent even in the enclosure's substrates where another red foot was kept also as this wasn't so prior. I force...
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    Can bullying still exist when 3 RF tortoises are kept together?

    Is bullying still prevalent when 3 or more RF tortoises are kept together in an enclosure? I heard all the arguments of not to keep 2 tortoises, can having 3 or more tortoises mitigate the problem by providing a sufficient enclosure size & females to male ratio?
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    Can a male red foot hatchling exhibit any dominance over other larger females?

    I have observed on a couple of occasions a "not yet determent sex" red foot hatchling make clocking sounds like a chicken when near a much larger female yearling, I've read once in a red foot tortoise facts sheet this is the sound males make to communicate with females. Are there really...
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    What are the typical signs a red footed tortoise exhibits when feeling stressed?

    My yearling red foot has not been very active almost all of the time in her enclosure & I had her for a little over a year now, just days before I expanded the enclosure but most of the layouts was pretty much the same as before except with a 20+ percentage in additional space. Another question...
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    Is it important for tortoises to get exercise by roaming about?

    I had my red foot for 10 months now, the first 3 months of bring her home I didn't take her outdoors because of lower temperatures in the teens & I didn't let her explore around the house. But once the spring & summer came around she was taken out in the fields 4-5 days per week for sunlight &...
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    Is it a bad idea to keep 2 tortoises together regardless of their age & sex?

    Hi, I had my red foot tortoise for almost a year now & she has tripled in size. I & probably a few other tortoise keepers would like to know if they will always behave aggressively towards each other regardless of their age, size differences or of any sex even of the same species? Is it the more...
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    Do red foot tortoises likes to eat poo?

    Hi, I frequently take my little red foot tortoise to the grass fields for a walk & take in some sun. But on a couple of occasions while she was wandering around I discovered she was chewing on a piece of dried poo or something from a small animal it appears because it was a very small amount, as...
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    Is Mazuri's tortoise LS diet a good fiber supplement?

    Hi, I recently purchased some Mazuri tortoise LS diet high fiber feed to supplement my red foot tortoise lack of consuming leafy greens, is this a good addition to her regular Mazuri tortoise diet & all other more protein based foods? I became concerned when she wasn't pooping as regularly as...
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    What is a normal growth rate for a red foot tortoise?

    Hi, my red foot tortoise at first when I brought her home was 97g, now after only 8 months she's 500g & by her size must have almost tripled. I have been monitoring her weight gain process at least twice per month but now more frequently as I am seeing her grow right in front of my eyes, she...
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    Are there any spices of tortoise being a reptile sheds their skin like to grow?

    Do tortoises ever shed their skin to grow being a spices of reptile? I've seen some turtles do, how long does a red foot live in ideal captive conditions?
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    Are all tortoises nomads?

    Hi I have a red foot tortoise & she from the time she first came home at then half the size now, she would always try to escape her enclosure, now I often take her to outdoor open grass fields to roam around. At home she roams around to certain part of the house & frequently finds & returns to...
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    Treat-cake, bread, sausage??

    Hi, I had my red foot tortoise for almost 7 months now & she has eaten most of the regularly feeds of vegetables, fruits, plants & meats. So once in a while I would give her a morsel of cake, bread, sausage, rice or digestive biscuit, because she has grown tired of the same even after a few days...
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    My red foot constantly peeing when eating & sleeping....

    As my little red foot grows he/she has been peeing constantly during feeding & sleeping, I mean I frequently noticed there's a puddle of urine around him/her when in situations like these. Is it normal for torts to pee often even when they're not disturbed? Do torts also urinate when they soak...
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    Mouth infections of my red foot tortoise

    Hi, I recently noticed my red foot tortoise apparently has an infection to his/her mouth especially when feeding. It appears to be in pain when biting & stopped eating after a couple of bites, he/she was using it's front claws to scratch at it's mouth, it could have possibly been hurt when...
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    Questions on red foot tortoise shells....

    I have my red foot tortoise for 6 months now & he/she is very healthy as far as I can see, I don't know his/her exact age or sex & I suspect it's what is described as a yearling. I noticed as my tort has more than doubled it's size & weight since he/she came home & it frequently rubs his/her...
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    How fast can red foot tortoises grow in best weather & environments?

    Hi, I recently saw an IG post of someone weighing their red foot tortoise on a digital scale & a comparison photo purportedly to be the same tortoise only one month later but has doubled the size & weight, I would like to know if under the best circumstances & environment can this fast rate of...
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