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  1. crimson_lotus

    Humidity needs for Red Foot

    yeah maybe they aren't particularly knowledgeable with reptiles or tortoises in general, which is pretty common unless it's a tortoise/reptile specific rescue. The younger the tort is the more important it is to maintain humidity too for the new growth
  2. crimson_lotus

    Humidity needs for Red Foot

    you could potentially get a misting system that is programmed to mist every few hours. I had one for a while and it was great.
  3. crimson_lotus

    Leg looking not healthy

    did your tort get any vitamin shots lately?
  4. crimson_lotus

    Please.. I need advice ASAP! (septicemia??)

    Building off of Zenherper's post - here is a page I found extremely helpful when picking out my turtle's food: https://theturtleroom.org/blog/2012/04/27/commercial-foods-benefitsuses-staplessupplements/ granted, it's a few years old and may not include everything...it's nice to have a...
  5. crimson_lotus

    Please.. I need advice ASAP! (septicemia??)

    I feed my turtle every 3 days, once a week protein, and greens in between feedings. I am not sure how everyone else feeds (daily, etc.) but my turtle eats everything he is given. I would suggest doing a 50-60% water change and feeding him in a separate bin to keep the main tank clean. Bacteria...
  6. crimson_lotus

    Tortoises for sale on Craigslist. Should I purchase?

    Is it just me or does the shell look sort of MBD-ish? Just because of the weird mohawk thing going on. Good thing is you can make sure it doesn't get worse if you took this guy in. Ask them about their lights and if they frequently checked the UV output or changed them every 6 months - 1 year.
  7. crimson_lotus

    Is it safe for tortoises to eat small slugs & mushrooms their find in fields?

    as long as there are no pesticides around (like in your neighbors yard, etc) and if the snails and slugs aren't naturally toxic, should be fine. for plants, it depends on the plant. Here is a database on safe foods: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/a-z/ although I...
  8. crimson_lotus

    Aquatic turtle question

    If you ever do catch your turtle pooping, just take a look to make sure it's a good size and doesn't have any worms or parasites in it. Usually you can see the parasites when its a really bad infestation. There is a possibility due to him being wild caught but again, if he's eating and if he has...
  9. crimson_lotus

    Aquatic turtle question

    I also have a male Mississippi map that I didn't expect. They are actually worth around $5 and I have spent sooo much on him - vet visits, filter maintenance and equipment, etc. He is PROBABLY eating his poop (not glorious but mine does...) and if he does, there should be some somewhat...
  10. crimson_lotus

    acquaintance's tortoise looks bad ... thoughts?

    I dont have a russian, but it looks pretty normal to me. Fully grown, probably wild caught so the shell has some imperfections.
  11. crimson_lotus

    Red Foot shell Discoloration

    looks like marbling - your torts are fancy
  12. crimson_lotus

    Worm or Parasite?

    was probably in the grasshopper as these things (if I am right) usually escape upon the death of their host. lot of nightmare videos of these worms emerging from dead bug bodies
  13. crimson_lotus

    Urgent to help turtle!! (beak problem)

    my turtle lost his bottom beak and it was due to vitamin a deficiency. he had a ton of parasites when i got him which probably contributed to it. can you share more info on his habitat and diet? pics would be helpful
  14. crimson_lotus

    Help tortoise has white spots inflamed

    yes. i have both. and my turtle had an issue with vitamin a. but no he did not get an injection. this is someone elses thread and we are getting off track so if you really want to argue you can message me.
  15. crimson_lotus

    Help tortoise has white spots inflamed

    my vet told me if the hypervitaminosis A is that bad, your tortoise probably won't survive due to the severity anyway. none of his patients that he injected with vitamin a survived. so i guess we are on the same page - the point is, it's not really OK
  16. crimson_lotus

    Help tortoise has white spots inflamed

    nope not even for turtles! overdosing instead of excreting the excess vitamins is pretty much a reptile thing
  17. crimson_lotus

    Help tortoise has white spots inflamed

    never seen this before. on water turtles this sort of thing would be a skin fungus, but on a tortoise...not sure.
  18. crimson_lotus

    Help adopted 20year old hermann tortoise

    can you take a pic of the tort from the side? I want to make sure the shell is not relatively flat
  19. crimson_lotus

    Help adopted 20year old hermann tortoise

    i would definitely soak in warm water. the shell doesnt look too worrying - yes its pyramiding, but its pretty much cosmetic and not life threatening or anything - pyramiding is caused by lack of humidity basically. this does indicate the tortoise was kept improperly previously though.
  20. crimson_lotus

    Help adopted 20year old hermann tortoise

    doesnt look like a hermanns to me but i could be wrong. how long have you had him? keep him warm, otherwise they cannot digest their food. how are you keeping him?
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