help and advice

  1. S

    Miracle Gro 4-in-1

    Hi, I am a teenager who recently came into possession of a Tunisian tort. This is my first time owning one, so forgive me if this is a silly question. My dad is very fond of the garden, and has been trying to get the lawn nice again for the last few years. He uses a product called Miracle Gro...
  2. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    Can I sex my tortoises?

    Hi I have two marginated tortoises, they are both 3 years old and about 5-6 inches long. Can I sex them? If so here are some pics. Thanks!
  3. K

    Help with tortoise box heating!

    Hello! so I just recently got my tortoise a table top box enclosure and I’m moving him from a terrarium to the box and I’m having trouble trying to adjust the temperature. For the hot side directly under the heat lamp it’s around 80 F and on the cool side it’s around 68 F. I use a 100W CRE and...
  4. W

    Baby sulcata tortoise with black under shell

    I have about a six month old sulcata tortoise. I went to check on him today and notice his shell was was black. I am really concerned about him. He is moving, eating, and not showing any symptoms. He is behaving normal for him. I gave him a bath and moved him from his outside enclosure. He has...
  5. XNicolle91X

    Poorly tortoise worried owner

    Hello all my tortoise is around 2 years old and has suddenly stoped eating he is drinking and is still moving about but I I’ve noticed a small cut on his neck and that his nose seems to be a little bit runny I was just wondering if any one could help before I take him to the vets as I’m a bit...
  6. D

    Sick tortoise

    My 5 year old sulcata started acting weird yesterday very lethargic just sitting in her little pool. She had no interest in the mazuri I thought maybe she was dehydrated so I gave her foods rich in water content and I did that today too she did perk up but she still seems lethargic she will get...
  7. apaigec97

    Please help! Is she gravid? Or sick? Swollen behind

    So I rescued a turtle with both her front legs, one of back legs is missing a foot, the other leg is completely gone. I built her an enclosure and she seems to love it, but I think she may be gravid? She hasn’t been eating the last few days. Thursday she stayed in her water all day, Friday she...
  8. T

    I think my tort has Fly strike!

    I’ve noticed my tortoise having these weird brown absecessss on its neck and legs, I’m worried it can be Myiasis, aka fly strike. It’s on both sides of his legs. I’m worried but I don’t want to have him to take him into the vet if I don’t need to. Has anyone ever experienced this before and...
  9. M

    Questions about Russian tortoise

    Hello! I got a Russian tortoise yesterday. She is about one they think. I got her from a vet that someone just left there. This is her full day here and she is just sleeping under the heat lamp. She ate yesterday but today hasn’t touched it. Am I doing something wrong here? She will just stay in...
  10. L

    Does she hate her new enclosure?

    I need some help, I'm a new Russian Tortoise owner and my female tortoise is now spending all day trying to escape her new enclosure. I just put her in this new enclosure this Saturday the 24th. I used to house her a 40 gallon glass terrarium and after a while I knew that was too small even with...
  11. F

    Nonstop mating noises and Ejaculation

    My tort has been making non stop sex noises and tries to mate with everything. He ejaculates everywhere and my family is getting tired of cleaning up tortoise semen. This has gone on for months now. It’s gotten to a point where he’ll stop eating if he spots anything that he thinks he can mate...
  12. F

    Is my tortoise sick?

    Hey guys so I’ve had my baby leopard tortoise for around 6 month now! He’s my first tortoise so I’m new at this! When I had him only for a few weeks i noticed he made noises and had small bubbles out of his nose! I did a lot of research and saw a lot of different things it could be like...
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    These red splotches just appeared on my tort. The one on his neck is slightly raised. Anyone have any experience with this that can help? I’m trying to get an appointment for the vet but they are really booked
  14. K

    How can I help this little one?

    I recently acquired a turtle from a family member. The turtle spent most of his 25 years of life in a dismal situation. He inside on glass and flat newspaper in a ten gallon tank all of his life, no bedding or substrate, among rotting iceberg lettuce and cat food and absolutely suffocatingly...
  15. tamzsturg

    Newbie here with poorly tort:(

    Hi I’m new to this so apologies if I’m not posting this correctly! My names Tamzin, I’m 19, living in the midlands UK and have a 12 year old Horsefield tortoise named Tarquin. I go to uni but come back home pretty regularly to see my pets who live with my parents. Over the past few weeks Tarquin...
  16. A

    Baby Russian tortoise - not opening eyes much

    Hello, I am hoping for some help with what could be causing my Russian tortoise (Sheldon) to act this way and how best I can help him. I have booked a vets appointment but it’s 5 days away and I’m worried he will be suffering. Bit of background - I got Sheldon from a pet shop locally, I wasn’t...
  17. Toasty096

    Small black bugs invade my tortoise enclosure

    Small bugs in my tortoises enclosure they came out of no where there are a lot of them too the tortoise does not seem bothered by them can someone help know what these bugs are they are very small and black and fast
  18. Agathaade

    I believe my 1yo Hermann just ate a cat hairball

    Hi everyone, It has been months since I have been active here because things were going so well with Miguel. But I believe she just ate a cat hairball and am looking for advice on what to do. Soak her extra long daily and watch her poops for the next couple weeks? Or take her to a vet stat? I...
  19. liwei

    Advice on lost tortoise

    Hi, it's been a while since I've posted on this forum but recently my 4-year-old leopard tortoise escaped from his outdoor enclosure. He was last seen by a neighbor in their yard yesterday afternoon when he initially escaped but I have not been able to locate him since that appearance. My...
  20. sadid1999

    What are these white marks on my Russian tortoise?