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  1. M

    Lost tortoise

    Hello everyone, I'm new to this web. My greek tortoise or spur thigh tortoise escaped from our garden yesterday. We looked everywhere and couldn't find him buried or any clue about where did he go. We live in Frodsham in United kingdom. He usually tries to hide under some plants or digs in one...
  2. B

    First Brumation

    Hi there, First backstory info: I’m pretty new to keeping my Russian tortoise. Oddly enough, she was found wondering the streets of a local neighborhood and since I’m a reptile rehabilitator (mostly alligators, removing snakes, and occasional turtle shell patch) they called me thinking she was a...
  3. V

    Russian tortoise not burrowing

    As I’ve said in a previous post, Hammy is a rehomed Russian tortoise who came from undesirable conditions. This time I’m questioning his behavior - he never tries to burrow. He has two enclosures, a planter and a bin I put him in for bad weather. The bin has roughly 5-7in of substrate and the...
  4. T

    Please help - russian tortoise pet hasnt eaten in 1.5 weeks!

    We got a Russian tortoise (about 4in big) for my son from the pet store 1.5 weeks ago and have him in a 40gallon terrarium that we also purchased from the store (it came with 2 light sources, one for providing heat and the other for night time viewing). The turtle was quite active in the store...
  5. Turtmum

    Staying buried?

    Hey everyone, we've had our three toed, Clem, for almost two months now. I've been worried about her recently because she literally stays buried under her substrate all day (and I think night too). At first I thought she might just be nervous in her new habitat, but its been almost two months...
  6. Turtmum

    Normal Eating Amount?

    Is it normal for my three toed to eat so little? I don’t know her exact age, but we suspect she’s under a year (maybe 3 inches from the top of her shell to the bottom). I give her a heaping tablespoon of food every second day (50% protein, 50% veg). I have to dig her up normally, and I put her...
  7. Yoyotort

    Burrowing! Help

    hello! so my Russian Tortoises has been burrowing in his cypress mulch substrate. I know Russian torts tend to burrow but I just want to make sure it is safe for him to burrow all the way under head and everything! I’m worried it will get in his eyes or he won’t be able to breath properly and...
  8. J

    Just got 6 month old baby and it....

    Hi there! I just received my new baby yesterday! It sat for long while, ate a pile of lettuce when I was not looking, and then burrowed with only its butt showing and has not moved for over 12 hours! Is this normal behavior?
  9. R

    summer hibernation?

    we have lost our three year old herman tortoise. it is not possible for her to escape the enclosure...we are 99% certain....and are wondering, if she has burrowed donw to escape this hot summer, how long she can last without food and water, and what will trigger her to wake up and get up again...
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