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  1. Clementine's Keeper

    Trying to hibernate

    My 3 year old Russian lives outside for most of the year (Houston, Texas), and inside for the cold weather. I've never hibernated her. It's still 80-90 degrees during the day here with night temps in the low 70s but she seems to be trying to hibernate. I keep digging her up and giving her a...
  2. Clementine's Keeper

    How Am I Doing?

    Gosh, she looks wild caught? Why? I did get her from a breeder when she was super tiny, just 45g and supposedly around 6 months but I know that doesn't guarantee anything. What is it about her that makes her look wild caught?
  3. Clementine's Keeper

    How Am I Doing?

    Gosh, she looks wild caught? Why? I did get her from a breeder when she was super tiny, just 45g and supposedly around 6 months but I know that doesn't guarantee anything. What is it about her that makes her look wild caught?
  4. Clementine's Keeper

    How Am I Doing?

    My little tort Clementine is roughly 2 to 2.5 years old. She lives outside for most of the year and inside during the coldest winter months. I haven't been brave enough to try hibernating her yet. Today I weighed her, she was 453g but I've no idea if that a good healthy weight or not. Does...
  5. Clementine's Keeper

    Orchid bark - should it be pre- soaked?

    Now I'm worried! Going to have to start planning super early. Thanks for letting me know. Def don't want to leave her behind!
  6. Clementine's Keeper

    Orchid bark - should it be pre- soaked?

    I did speak to someone in uk customs and was told that provided i had a vet's certificate there were no restrictions on import because they don't carry disease. I just have to put her in a box with other pets in hold.
  7. Clementine's Keeper

    Orchid bark - should it be pre- soaked?

    Hi! I'm from England but currently living in Texas where i have my 2 year old Russian happily set up in an outdoor enclosure but, even here, she has to come inside for a couple of mouths in the winter (i haven't dared try hibernation yet! ). I hope you stay active on the forum because one day...
  8. Clementine's Keeper

    Hybernating Too Soon

    Hi Kamakazie, I am also in Texas and trying to figure out what's best for little Clementine. She loved being outside all summer. I started bringing her inside at night at the start of November, and 2 weeks ago had to bring her inside permentaly. Too cold. Having said that, yesterday I put her...
  9. Clementine's Keeper

    Feeding Methods - To chop or not??

    Thanks everyone. I'll continue as I was. I love watching her get stuck into tearing apart her food. She's so entertaining, but she does throw me the odd cold stare if I sit and watch her eat for too long. Anyone might think I love her more than she loves me ... [emoji848]
  10. Clementine's Keeper

    Feeding Methods - To chop or not??

    Thank you [emoji16]
  11. Clementine's Keeper

    Feeding Methods - To chop or not??

    That's impressive! Lovely pic. Thanks for replying [emoji16]
  12. Clementine's Keeper

    Feeding Methods - To chop or not??

    Hoping this doesn't seem like an idiotic question.... recently i've read several pieces saying you need to finely chop food for young torts. I've always fed Clementine (18 months) big/whole leaves which she stands on and tears apart. I guess i presumed that's how she'd eat in the wild. When I...
  13. Clementine's Keeper

    Garden lizards sharing outdoor enclosure

    My young Russian is enjoying her new outdoor enclosure but i've noticed she has to share with several tiny visitors. Lizards (geckos?) sneak in to share her water bowl and bask on her rocks. She stares them out but doesn't approach them. I rather like she has a bit of entertainment and there's...
  14. Clementine's Keeper

    What the dumbest thing your tortoise has ever done

    I found my tiny 6m old russian had scaled the wooden corner of her night box to a height of about 7 inches and was just hanging there by her nails like spiderman! I don't know if she was stuck or still climbing. She worries me more than a real baby!
  15. Clementine's Keeper

    Bath time every day and pooping...

    Thanks! You really do know your stuff. I hope I'm not soaking her too frequently, she's just turned 1 year and weights 160g....?
  16. Clementine's Keeper

    Bath time every day and pooping...

    Tom, a question from a beginner owner, just so I understand why I am doing what I'm doing..... I do soak Clementine every day for about 30 minutes. Most times she pees and poops but she never appears to drink while soaking and I've never seen her go anywhere near her water in her enclosure...
  17. Clementine's Keeper

    Underground hide question

    Thanks. This will be a good project. I'm definately going to insulate and bury her hide. There's lots of shade over her enclosure but it sure does get hot here!
  18. Clementine's Keeper

    Underground hide question

    Thank you. This is all very helpful. I'm going to start with getting it set up for the warm weather, including building/digging her an insulated hide, so I can leave her out during the day until she's a little bigger. That will give me time to work on something heated for the cooler weather...
  19. Clementine's Keeper

    Underground hide question

    I'm planning to start building an outdoor enclosure for my 1 year old so she can enjoy being outside during the day. I want to set it up so that eventually she can be outside for most of the year (we live in Houston, Texas). I'm using a disused 9 foot by 3 foot raised vegetable plot and will...
  20. Clementine's Keeper

    Is my tortoise dead?

    What a sad post. As a new owner myself I can sympathize with all the confusing information and worry about not knowing what's normal and what's not. I did lots of research before getting Clementine but was still surprised how much I didn't know about her once she arrived. Keeping her healthy is...
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