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
Building off of Zenherper's post - here is a page I found extremely helpful when picking out my turtle's food:
granted, it's a few years old and may not include everything...it's nice to have a...
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...
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.
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/
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...
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...
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
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.
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
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.