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    Questions: amount of food, calcium/D3

    Oscar's cage gets some sunlight, but it passes through my window first, and he doesn't get much. (I'm trying to build him an outdoor enclosure soon.) That UV website is really interesting. It's so complicated! What do you people use for UV lighting? What's best for a Russian Tortoise? I also...
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    Russian Tortoise: Lighting cycles and hibernation??

    Thanks! UV questions Thank you very much! The hibernation article was very helpful. Can I use the UV blub to create the light 12-14 hours a day? Or is that too much UV? (I don't know wether the blulb is UVA or UVB.) Do I need to replace the UV bulb every 6 months? Even if it's only on 3...
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    Russian Tortoise: Lighting cycles and hibernation??

    Thanks! More questions... Thanks so much for the help! I'm not planning to breed Oscar, so I guess hibernation won't be necessary. Just in case though, is 40 to 60 degrees really cold enough? I'd think it wouldn't be enough to slow Oscar's metabolism, and he could starve or something? Just...
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    Questions: amount of food, calcium/D3

    Thanks! Answers... Hello and thanks for the help! This is horrible of me, but I don't know wether the light is UVA or UVB! I don't know where the box is. It is a curly bulb, and the light is very bright, blue-ish, and fluorescent-looking. It is what a Petco salesperson recomended (I know...
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    Russian Tortoise Outdoor Enclosure Questions - Burrowing and Temperature

    Thanks! Basking sun temp? Thanks so much for all your advice! It was really helpful. Yes, there is direct sunlight in the enclosure. It is south-facing and used to be a vegetable garden with lots of sunlight. It might even be too sunny, so we'd have to create shade. If the thermometer reads...
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    Russian Tortoise: Lighting cycles and hibernation??

    Hello! I have an adult Russian tortoise named Oscar. He is a "rescue" from my friend's brother who wasn't really caring for him. When I got Oscar, he was pretty ill, but I kept him very warm and gave his cage a total make-over. For a year Oscar has been doing great. I want to make his life...
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    Questions: amount of food, calcium/D3

    Hello! I have an adult Russian tortoise named Oscar. He is a "rescue" from my friend's brother who wasn't really caring for him. When I got Oscar, he was very light and wouldn't eat. He seemed pretty ill. He had been on the total wrong substrate, with a horrible diet, incorrect lighting, and...
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    Russian Tortoise Outdoor Enclosure Questions - Burrowing and Temperature

    Hello! I have an adult Russian tortoise named Oscar. He is a "rescue" from my friend's brother who wasn't really caring for him. About a year ago, when I got Oscar, he was ill and wouldn't eat. I kept him very warm and gave his cage a total make-over based on internet and book research. For a...
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