russian tortiose

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    Russian Tortoise Won't Open His Eyes

    Hi, I have a Russian Tortoise who recently got out of hibernation and won't open his eyes, won't eat, and will only drink when I give him a soak. I've looked this up, and I've gotten a thousand different answers all telling me different things. I assume he won't eat because he can't see since...
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    Russian Tortoise Toys

    I heard the tortoises love to play with plastic balls and like to budge them with their head. How do you teach a tortoise to play with their toys? and what other toys besides a plastic ball may they enjoy? I was hoping to adopt an older Russian tortoise. It will be about 2 years before I am...
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    Needing to rehome, any suggestions of safe ways to do so?

    Hello everyone, I hope you're all doing well and having a good day. I have had my russian tortoise Sheldon for about 3 years now and I love him with my whole heart and wish more than anything that could continue to care for him. However, due to some recent health issues I unfortunately...
  4. Otis-RussianTort

    Enclosure Upgrade for Otis!!

    I know size could be bigger, but I am really proud of myself for the changes I have made in the last week for Otis! 🥰 larger enclosure, deeper substrate, hide on the cool side, new light fixture with reptisun 10.0 bulb, and soaking pellets before serving with greens. Basking temp is 100-102...
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    New enclosure and burrowed

    Hi all! I'm new here but decided to make an account because I'm worried about my Russian tort, Arnie. I built him a new outdoor enclosure (8 ft long, 3.5 ft wide, 3 ft high) with a lid on top. I introduced Arnie to it (with supervision) for a short periods for a few days because he's never had...
  6. TortoiseAndTheLagomorph

    Are these weeds safe?

    I have some weeds growing in this pot, and despite looking at a bunch of identification sheets, don’t feel 100% comfortable feeding them to my Russian tortoise without a second opinion. Does anyone know what these are and if they are safe?
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    Tortoise rescue advice

    Hello! My family is thinking of rescuing a tortoise that is currently on craigslist. Although we have experience with tortoises and many other reptiles, we are looking for some advice. This tortoise was found on the side of the road and was turned into a pet store. The owner of the pet store...
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    Shell de-colorization

    This is Ruby, my 15 year old horse-field’s tortoise. She is in good health other than the problem described below. Ruby had a white ring around her shell about a few months ago, and I went to tortoise forums for help. All and each response I got was that this was normal, and would go away at...
  9. mikaylasii

    Hi!! Looking for suggestions!!

    Hi, I am new to this and was look for advice for my Russian Tortoise!! I recently have got him and have only had him for a couple days. I have been feeding him mustard greens and carrots, as this is what my research has said is okay. I’m looking for suggestions so he may live his best life! I’d...
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    does my russian tortoise have shell rot or is it just wore down?

    i got my russian tortoise on february 23 this year from petsmart and he looked pretty healthy his shell was smooth and there was no discharge from the eyes or trouble breathing. he was shy at first and but eager to eat. i’ve moved his enclosure around my backyard a couple times. around june i...
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    My Russian Wants To Brumate

    Hello all, Back in April I got a Russian Tortoise named Sprout. At the time I did not realize he was wild caught, but have since learned that he is. According to my and my vet’s estimate, he is around 5 years old. He is kept inside and I don’t have a way to keep him outdoors at the moment. Here...
  12. Victoriatori

    New (unexpected) Russian Owner, advice?

    I apologize for the length. Hello, I may have jumped into this boat a bit more prematurely than planned. I had a friend post about rehoming a Russian tortoise a few months ago, and then again a couple days ago and I've owned reptiles in the past (though it's been a few years and I wasn't...
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    Please help, question about Timothy hay?

    Hello, I’m a first time tortoise owner and I just got a young Russian tortoise, his enclosure was quite boring so I tried to add some stuff for enrichment, I changed his substrate to part repti bark, part echo earth and part Timothy hay from the brand Kaytee. When I was putting the hay down I...
  14. lionheartHC

    Feeding Russian grass?

    So here in Ohio it's October and I just brought Gary into his tortoise table for the winter. I do not hibernate him as he is my only Russian and I do not intend to do any breeding. Ever since Gary has been put outside I've noticed a lot of grass in his stool. I know they are typically not grass...
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    Russian Tortoise Lost Weight

    To keep this short and sweet, I weigh my Russian Tortoise named Sprout (age unknown) every month. On August 23rd he was 433g and on September 27th he weighed 395g. I just weighed him again (October 3rd) and he is down to 388g. That means he lost a total of 45g in 5 weeks. Nothing has changed in...
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    Questions about feeding and supplements

    Hi. I’m going to be getting a Russian tortoise. I already have the water dish, food dish, cage and lights. I was wondering what is the best thing to feed them. I tried to google and everyone has different answers. Should I feed him pellets and vegetables? If so what brand for the pellets and how...
  17. For-Mr.Spock

    My Russian tort's plastron looks unhealthy?

    This was Spock's plastron back in March 2020, roughly three months after I got her from a pet store. This picture was taken September 2020 just a few days ago. I am glad that she has been growing (look at that growth!), but I am not sure if her shell health has been improving or not. I give...
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    Weird white thing around my Russian tortoises mouth

    Hi recently I’ve ntocidd some white stuff that have been arpumd my russian tortoises mouth at first I thought it was calcium so I wiped it off but literally 1 hour later it came back does anyone know what it is? Also I am aware that his beak needs trimming :(
  19. Aidan ❤️

    Bedding for Russian tortoises?

    I’ve had my female Russian tort for about two years and I’ve bounced (safely) around about 7-8 beddings. At first, I had Guinnea pigs and I got the tort as a surprise so I used some wood shavings that I used for my Guinnea pigs and it worked temporarily. Then I got mulch shavings and different...
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    First tank set up

    (First post) just was wondering if this was a decent first tank set up, and if anyone has any advice on what I need. (I’ve had a tortoise before but he normally just roamed around downstairs.) I’m looking into getting a Russian tortoise and need an indoor enclosure for winter. (I understand a...