1. agnes&theo

    acquaintance's tortoise looks bad ... thoughts?

    A recent acquaintance got a Russian tortoise from a pet store on a whim (yeah) two months ago. No idea the age, though not a hatchling. The tortoise has been inside a 50-gallon tank with a UVB and fed romaine, bok choy, and kale (we already had a chat about improving the nutrition). But her...
  2. snailpeekoutofshell

    Safe to feed plants grown with hydroponic nutrients?

    I'm having A LOT of trouble growing a garden for my Russian to eat... It's been very hot the past month or so, and my plants are suffering for it. Almost everything I started growing a couple months ago is dead, with a few weeds holding strong. I'm about to start growing them indoors and moving...
  3. Mizena01

    Advice please

    Hi everyone, Could you please all offer advice… this evening I found what I thought was our little tort choking on a long piece of green leaf, which seemed to be caught in her mouth and throat. I immediately panicked, and seeing she was trying to hook at it with her arm, I jumped to help and...
  4. M

    Rehome three toe box turtle

    So within the last few years my neighborhood and general region in the north Houston area has undergone quite a bit of development. Recently we have been running into the issue of turtles and tortoises becoming displaced. Normally when a red ear slider or another aquatic turtle is found it just...
  5. Toasty096

    Shell rot

  6. D

    Tortoise Help - Is my tortoise sick?

    Hi guys! So i have a tortoise that lives in my garden ( soil there is no grass atm) Anyways my tortoise is active and very fast! but recently (4 days ago) she started sleeping for too long! like a day and half at the same spot, while sleeping her head isn’t completely inside. In the last two...
  7. B

    Edge of Shell Flaring/Fringing/Turning Upwards

    Hi there! I'm looking for some experienced opinions. Attached are some pictures of my little Hermanns (please excuse the calcidust on her bottom, she's been roaming) - I'm a little worried as I've noticed the edge of the back of her shell is slightly flared/turned upwards (she's around a year...
  8. A

    Sulcata tortoises tail stuck

    Now we’ve had sulcatas for years but one of our 4 1/2 year olds was eating just fine one day then stopped the next we weren’t to worried about it at first but then it turned into a whole week! So we started looking him over and offering treats hoping that he was just getting tired of Romain...
  9. T

    Feedback on enclosure for new tortoise

    Hi All, New member... wanted to say "Hi". I've found the discussions and advice on this forum really helpful so thank you all! We recently acquired a 3 year old marginated tortoise who currently lives in a table indoors, and I'm preparing an outdoor enclosure for when the weather improves in...
  10. G

    HELP! Is my Tortoise okay?

    Hello, Our dog “played” with our tortoise while we were sleeping. There doesn’t appear to be any cracks or holes in his shell, but our dog licked the shell so much that the color is gone in spots and it’s like you can see veins or something on the shell. This is our first tortoise and we’ve...
  11. D

    Shell issue

    Hello I posted this before when my tortoise shell looked better. My red foot tortoise is 3 years old. Her shell started to show a lot of white. I have put the humidity up as well. But it seems to look worse now. I just wanted to hear some opinions of what it could be. I been brushing her with...
  12. ayrgrn

    Timer plug keeps blowing UVA spotlight bulb. Help?

    Hello, I have a 50w UVA Arcadia Spotlight bulb, with a dome reflector, fixed into an Arcadia light fixture, plugged into a wall timer that is set on 7am - 7pm. Over the past few months, the bulb keeps blowing. Over the past 3 months I have gone through about 7 50w bulbs due to them blowing...
  13. I

    Buying plants from local nursery

    I have a local nursey that sells plants that are edible to my tortoise and apparently. I did ask them if they were safe to be eaten by my tortoise. Apparently, they do not use insecticides or pesticides on their plants but they do use only this with their plants...
  14. L

    New tort owner with a lil Hermann's Tortoise and questions

    I was just wondering how my lil dude is doing. I got him in september and the owner told me that he was around 4 months old then. He's probably around 7 months now but is still pretty small; yet this little guy seems to have a black pit for a stomach and eats like a beast. I noticed that the...
  15. Alisha Hawkins

    Scute rubbed away

    Hey there! Whilst bathing my boy today I noticed one little part above his leg was a lighter cream colour than the rest. Out of curiosity I rubbed the other side thinking it may be a build up of dirt. Upon researching, I feel like this may have been keratin. I'm now questioning if this might...
  16. R

    Correct amount of UVB since it’s too cold outside

    Hello everyone! I have a 6/7 month old red foot living in a 3x5 enclosure I built that has a sealable top! I’ll post add a photo for reference. I wanted to double check and make sure I have the correct amount of UVB. I am using a reptisun t5 ho 10.0 bulb that is 20 inches from the substrate in...
  17. R

    UVB help!

    Hello everyone thank you for taking the time to read this. I have a 5 month old red foot and with winter coming I won’t be able to take him outside for his UVB anymore. What type of UVB light should I get it and how long should I use it daily? It would hang approximately 2 feet above his...
  18. S

    Closed eye

    Hello everyone! I am not so sure what’s going on I noticed my tortoise has one eye more closed than the other at times. It’s not always sometimes they’re both wide open. I don’t know if that’s normal so I was hoping to get some advice or help. Thank you!
  19. R

    Help! My Russian Hatchling Hasn’t Pooped In 2 Weeks

    Hello everyone! I got my new Russian hatchling Peetrie in August. He was hatched in June so he is about 3 months old. He was pooping about every other day for the last month; but the last two weeks he hasn’t pooped at all. He also used to eat a lot b it he only eats a couple of leaves before he...
  20. R

    Baby red foot health!

    Hello everyone and thank you for checking out my post. Yesterday I noticed a patch of what looked like skin or something peeling off under the chin/neck area of my little tort and wanted to double check it wasn’t something wrong. Thank you In advance!