health

  1. margosha

    Gritty Urates.. is it my fault?

    Sorry in advance for the length! I've had my baby Russian tortoise for about a month (he's about 6 months old), and for the past few days he's been passing fairly gritty urates. And today, he seemed to strain for a few minutes before passing a pretty large chunk of gritty ones. Afterwards...
  2. Vanessa Black

    Can tortoises get E-Coli?

    The romaine lettuce outbreak I think is still happening and I just realized we've been feeding my Russian Tortoise romaine lettuce. Can he get E-Coli? Should we be worried? Please help.
  3. M

    New Hermanns tortoise poop question/concerns

    Can anyone tell me anything about this picture? I know healthy poop is suppose to be black and not watery. Just want to know what you guys think. Temperatures: Basking: 95F-100F Ambient: 80F-85F Cool: 75F-80F Diet: Dandelion Greens, Mazuri pellets, Collar greens, Kale (not too much), Romaine...
  4. Stoneman

    Claimed dandelion health benefits, fact or fiction?

    I have a couple of Indian star tortoises I acquired that I am concerned have bad kidneys. I read in the book titled Star Tortoises that dandelion have good benefits to help the kidneys in some way or another. Has this theory been tested at all? When I was reading this the chapter also...
  5. Russian_Rupert

    Please tell me Rupert is okay!?

    Hi all, I'm new to the tortoise scene but I'm loving being a tortoise mummy. When I bought Rupert, I was told he was born in the back end of 2016 early 2017 which would make him at least a year old. He sleeps ALOT and he really doesn't eat all that much, maybe a few bits of leaves. Also when...
  6. Colinpv

    Seeking good home for my sulcata

    About 6 months ago i rescued a sulcata.... well up until last night, i thought it was a desert tortoise (im clearly not knowledgeable on the subject even though i tried my best) and i have no means of creating the proper environment for this poor little guy. i sadly sunk any money i had into...
  7. jt14286

    Two Sulcatas: behavioral and shell issues, any advice?

    Hello, I am new to the forum I have joined to ask about other people's tortoises not mine. I recently moved in with them and have noticed some things about their tortoises that concern me - I don't know anything about tortoises or looking after them but I've read around on the forums so have a...
  8. TortoiseMomAiden

    Small red spots

    Hi! I just joined this forum because its helped me a lot and i need its help again. I recently got a tortoise (which i was told was a Herman but im pretty sure he's a horse field. Hes five months old and i haven't had a problem until now. 2 days ago i noticed these two little red dots on his...
  9. Totally_Tortoise

    Sad, malnourished CDT what should I do? (my GF's Cousin)

    My girl friends cousin has a Mojave desert tortoise ( I am very certain it is) and she has no licence and the tortoise is in horrible shape, and she doesn't wanna give her to an adoption place, or anywhere. I think I can try to convince her to let me have her tort, but she will only let me have...
  10. D

    Sick sulcata

    hi guys! My name is Danielle and I’m new to the forum! I have two 5 month old baby sulcatas that I love dearly! However, one of them is sick! Leonard has been very lethargic lately, he hasn’t been eating, even rejected strawberries. His eyes are now shut and the sides of his shell are starting...
  11. G

    Hatchling box turtle with meal worm in throat

    I have a hatching three toed box turtle. Tonight when I was feeding him mealworms he couldn’t swallow one of them. He was struggling and started gasping so I pulled a piece of it off. It has been an hour and I can still see it in the back of his throat. He is acting normal besides opening his...
  12. CountingMareep713

    Russian Tortoise's waste is powdery

    Whenever my RT goes to the bathroom, it is always dry and powdery looking. It's white and it will either clump together with the substrate or it will be loose and have almost no consistency. I don't know if this is normal or if I should be worried. I've had him for 4 days, and he eats a varied...
  13. CountingMareep713

    What can I do about the substrate on food?

    I have a RT and whenever he eats, he gets substrate on his food. I try to wipe it off as much as I can, but sometimes I can't be home to do that. I have eco earth coconut fiber, and im worried that he'll eat it while I'm gone. I don't know if that could cause impaction or not. Is it safe if he...
  14. dizzydjc

    Plastron caving in?

    Hey So a brief introduction, this isn’t about my tortoise but my friends who I am very concerned about. I own two myself and they are doing well but my friends tortoise is concerning me big time and I need advice. So my friend has an 8/9 month old spur-thighed tortoise. She (or he) is very...
  15. B

    HELP GUYS, this lil guy is having a hard time

    Hey, I'm Ben. I'm new to this forum and need some assistance. I have a male RF tortoise and I've attached pictures of his enclosure and condition. He's 7 I believe. I use a UVB bulb, a ceramic coil heat bulb, and a heating pad underneath a little substrate (he dug it away). I have more mulch...
  16. A

    My Tortoise isn't acting normal.

    Alphonse was hatched and then sent to me. I've now had him for 2 months & 10 days. He wasn't super active at first, but I assumed it was because he wasn't used to me. He wouldn't open his eyes much except for when I washed him. Now he's almost comepletely stopped moving, he still moves every now...
  17. willsh

    Tortoise's chin is tilted

    Hello, I got my tortoise from my friend who clearly wasn't taking enough care for her tortoise. That's only reason why I accepted her offer to give that tortoise to me for free. I was feeling bad for that tortoise. Now I have noticed that her (tortoise) chin is tilted and it really makes...
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