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  1. Terrance

    Hi everyone new to this forum and would love some advice

    Hi all, So me and my partner have just got ourselves a beautiful little 6 - 8month old leopard tortoise we call Terrance. To be completely honest we're terrified and in love. Let's get to why we're terrified, we've never owned a tortoise before and would welcome all the knowledge this...
  2. A

    need advice & reassurance-redfoot help!!!

    Hi everyone! I’m a new redfoot owner and i’ve been researching for months. i built a tortoise table, keeping the temp 80-85 with a 90-95 degree basking area. i’ve soaked her every day and kept the humidity level 70-75. I have fake plants and a hut for her to feel comfortably hid, as well as two...
  3. M

    New Baby Herman tortoise

    I got my baby in the mail today! He seems to be okay, but he isn't really moving around a ton. I have the heat and light lamp. He has water and food but he is so small Im not sure he can get to them. Also my substrate seems difficult for him to move over. Is this because its the wrong substrate...
  4. M

    Hello,

    Hello, I have recently added an Eastern or Dalmatian Hermann’s Tortoise to our family! His name is Oogway and he is 2-3yrs old. Upon purchasing him from the pet store we were concerned he was not being cared for properly so we took him to the vet where they told us he was very dehydrated. They...
  5. Alissa Manning

    Elvis & Elsa the marginated tortoises

    Hello my name is Alissa and I have 2 beautiful, 5 year old Marginated Tortoises Elvis and Elsa. Before purchasing them I built my own tortoises table and did intense research so I could be prepared for anything. The only thing I am unable to identify is the difference between Female and Male...
  6. S

    New eastern box turtle mom - possible respiratory infection, HELP!

    Hi everyone! I recently adopted an eastern box turtle, Sammy, from a family member. He has been much less energetic than usual the past few days and I think (but am not sure) that his breathing may have changed. I'm not sure if I need to be concerned about a possible respiratory infection or...
  7. A

    New Indian star tortoise

    Hi! I have recently got a 3 year old Indian star tortoise male. We have only had him a couple of days but he has burrowed into the corner of his table and barely moved since. I'm presume that's because he a little scared and overwhelmed still but I just want to check that nothing is seriously...
  8. B

    Help!! New tortoise owners🐢

    Hello everyone!! My daughter was gifted a testudo tortoise for her 10th birthday. Just feeling a little overwhelmed. Doing our very best to research lighting, soaking, feeding, (little) handling... lots, but conflicting research. I don't want to mess anything up. She is soooo excited!🐢 Any...
  9. S

    Box turtle & eggs

    Hi everyone newbie here! I got the surprise of a lifetime the other day! My daughters box turtle “Jack” laid eggs! (I completely forgot turtles laid eggs and was trying hard to convince my 3rd old her boy turtle was a girl and laid eggs like her chickens 🤣) Well now “jack “ 1st laid 2 eggs 1...
  10. ShelbyAnn

    Intrested in getting a Tortoise which one would be best?

    Hello! I have been wanting a tortoise for years now but have been waiting because I wanted my son to get a bit older so he could be apart of the experience in raising it. I have been looking at getting a Russian but was wanting to make sure if it would be right for me. I live in southeast texas...
  11. J

    Hello from Illinois

    I'm Jake from Illinois and I currently dont have any turtles or tortoises as I'm doing research before I decide to commit to one. I would like to know what breeds are recommend for beginners and if there would be any I could possibly keep outdoors. I've got plenty of land with a lean-to with a...
  12. TurtwigsMom

    Outside enclosure help

    Hello! I have a 5 year old Sulcata who recently moved into his new outside enclosure. He's been inside since we brought him home and I'm wondering if anyone has some helpful tips for when the weather turns. He's currently in a 15X15 pen that has a 2ft tall stone wall. We placed the pen on a...
  13. torttywaffle

    New to tortoises please help!

    I am planning to get a tortoise and have an outdoor enclosure for him, however, I do not want a tortoise that will hibernate because I don't trust myself in doing so. And with an outdoor enclosure, I cannot keep it warm 24/7 so that he will not hibernate. What kind of tortoises will not...
  14. RachelT

    New Sulcata Help - He won’t come out

    I was just given a medium sized male Sulcata Tortoise. He’s been through quite a stressful week. He was found on a local hiking trail, likely dumped, and then brought to me. We’ve had him 3 days and for the most part he has been hiding in his heated dog igloo. It’s been a full 24 hours since...
  15. P

    A few concerns as a new redfoot tortoise owner

    I have recently purchased a baby redfoot tortoise. So far everything is going well. I just have a few questions. 1. How often and how much should I feed her? I've read so many different things about feeding schedules and amounts and it's a bit confusing. 2. She seems to be staying away from...
  16. libbydarko

    I'm new to the community and I need some help with my tortoise!

    Hi! I had just purchased a tortoise at Pet Smart about a week ago. They had told me that he was a “testudo tortoise” and upon more research I guess there’s different kinds of Testudo tortoises. I wanted to figure out which one mine is exactly so I can care for him properly. He isn’t eating very...
  17. W

    Enclosure

    is this a good enclosure for my baby Sulcata? It’s a mixture of cypress mulch, organic top soil, and sphagnum moss. I planted some grass seeds, as well as an aloe plant and 2 other succulents. It stays about 80 degrees in there with the lights on and between 30-50 humidity if i spray it a few...
  18. Lulubadger7

    Hi New here! Redfoot mom

    Helllooo! :) I am new here and not the best with posting tech etc... I have a redfoot who I adore named Lucy. She is hilarious.
  19. W

    Hi! New to tortoise care and the forum!

    Hi everyone! My name is Jeanna, and I am new to the Tortoise Forum. I am thinking of getting a Russian, but I have some concerns. The first thing I noticed was all of the conflicting information on everything from substrate to lighting and soaking. Needless to say, it is easy to get lost in...
  20. dmokeegan

    New to the form...Hi everyone

    Hi everyone, My name is Danielle, and I live in New Hampshire. I joined this form because my husband and I have been researching and trying to learn as much as we can before we get our own tortoise. If anyone has any pointers or can help me out that would be great! We are looking into as...
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