russian tortiose

  1. For-Mr.Spock

    Carapace flaking off and revealing something underneath?

    Hello! My Russian tortoise is a wild caught, I got her from PetSmart two years ago, and she is somewhere between 5 and 10 years old as well as we can tell. She is active and has a good appetite. When I first got her, she had some she'll damage that has been very slowly healing. She has also...
  2. T

    Russian Tortoise enclosure

    Hello friends, I am a beginner tortoise owner. I built this enclosure for my new russian tortoise. what do you guys think? Does it look suitable for a russian tortoise?
  3. K

    Russian tortoise swollen leg

    Hi all, i have a Russian tortoise for about 5 years now and this is the first time something is wrong with her. Today I discovered that her left leg is swollen and has a small red mark. I took her to the vet but he didn’t really know what was wrong. It could have been a bite (she is currently...
  4. D

    Crack in Shell

    Hi, I noticed my tortoise has a cracked shell above it’s head. Should we take it to the vet or would it heal on its own with cleaning and antiseptic ointments? Tried calling a vet and they said they don’t deal with exotics, and the number they referred me to is out of order. Will definitely find...
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    *Mikie* Our 2 to 3 years old Russian tortoise enclosure so far. I want to order more stuff for it.
  6. K

    Hal’s Homecoming!

    Our Russian Tortoise, Hal, has been a part of our family for the past ten years. On Saturday, June 26th, I was giving Hal a soak and then an afternoon walking in our backyard m. Unfortunately, I got involved in a project when my husband Bob asked…”where’s Hal?” Hal was gone! The neighborhood all...
  7. S

    Skin peeling/skin scratching

    Hi, everyone. My tortoise Steven very often scratches his neck. Does anybody know how I can help him?
  8. tamzsturg

    Kidney failure/ Renal problems

    Hi there, I recently made my first post discussing my little Horsefield Tarquin’s situation. He had stopped eating (apart from a mouthful a day seemingly just to please us) and just wanted to sleep and hide in a dark corner completely avoiding his bulbs. His bloodwork came back from the vets and...
  9. Q

    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...
  10. S

    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...
  11. A

    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...
  12. 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...
  13. G

    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...
  14. 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?
  15. P

    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...
  16. R

    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...
  17. 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...
  18. E

    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...
  20. 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...