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  1. Ivankathetort

    Two story enclosure?

    I have a Russian tortoise who is about 4 inches and I am thinking about building her a new enclosure. I was thinking about doing a kiddie pool enclosure, but I was also wondering if I could do a two story. I know the enclosure are supposed to be 4x8 feet, but would it be all right to have a...
  2. Ivankathetort

    Is this shell okay?

    Great, thanks!
  3. Ivankathetort

    Is this shell okay?

    I soak about 3 times a week, but I could start soaking daily if that would help. Usually when I soak I scrub the top of her shell lightly with a wet toothbrush
  4. Ivankathetort

    Is this shell okay?

    I wasn’t sure what to look for, but I was looking at the middle where there is a white part. I just thought the shell had started looking different, and I didn’t know if something was wrong
  5. Ivankathetort

    Is this shell okay?

    Is this shell okay? Is there anything I should do for it?
  6. Ivankathetort

    Can I use regular mulch?

    Okay, I will look at that!
  7. Ivankathetort

    Can I use regular mulch?

    3 months ago I got a Russian tortoise named Ivanka. I am planning on getting her a bigger enclosure. I have been using cypress mulch from the pet store, but with a bigger enclosure I thought it would be hard to keep using that. Can I just use regular coarse mulch that you would use for...
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    How long should I keep my tortoise outside?

    My Russian tortoise Ivanka has an indoor enclosure, but it is small for a tortoise. We have a big porch with a gate on the front, and we put some boards on the gate so she can not get out. She had shade and sun, and I put out a plant saucer as a water bowl. Ivanka is about 5 years old. I have...
  9. Ivankathetort

    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    Thanks Tom! Here is the UV light
  10. Ivankathetort

    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    She is around 4 inches The basking lamp is a 65 watt incandescent bulb I got her from Tropical World Pets I have only been soaking about once a week, but she does have water in her enclosure that she can soak in.
  11. Ivankathetort

    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    Thanks! She is not an adult and she is still small. I will try to build a bigger enclosure once she grows. I try to keep her lights on a twelve hour cycle. She has a cooler area in her enclosure also. What kind of greens could I feed her? I heard Kale was good but I guess I was wrong. In the...
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    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    I just bought 65 watt floods for the heat lamp.
  13. Ivankathetort

    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    I have a heat lamp and a UVB lamp. A couple days ago the heat lamp burnt out, but that was after this started. With the heat lamp it got around 90 degrees on the hot side, but Ivanka would always stay on the hot side. I spray a water bottle in her space for humidity. Right now I am feeding her...
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    Unhappy Russian Tortoise?

    About two weeks ago, my Russian tortoise started seeming very unhappy. She spends almost all day under her log. When I do take her outside, she moves slowly. Also, I have only had Ivanka for about two months, but before this started she would let me approach her and touch her head. Now she puts...
  15. Ivankathetort

    Fruity Vitamin Pellets

    Thanks Tom! I noticed in your care guide that you said not to get reptile heating bulbs. I got a reptile heat lamp bulb about a month ago and it already burned out. Will a normal incandescent bulb provide enough heat?
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    Fruity Vitamin Pellets

    About 2 months ago I got a Russian tortoise named Ivanka. The pet store told us that we need to feed her 2-3 of the fruity vitamin pellets every day. I have tried to make them stick to the lettuce, but it doesn’t usually work. Even if it does stick, Ivanka will usually eat around it until she...
  17. Ivankathetort

    How to hold my Russian tortoise?

    Thanks! I will try that.
  18. Ivankathetort

    How to hold my Russian tortoise?

    Ta Thanks! That was really helpful.
  19. Ivankathetort

    How to hold my Russian tortoise?

    Thanks! I have a bucket I can use to take her longer distances.
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