russian tortoise

  1. Honeybunnfarms

    Normal Russian Tortoise health

    Hi! I just got my first tortoise a few weeks ago! (Rosie is her name, thinking she is a girl) She has been pretty active although kinda sleepy too, is this normal? She will hide and sleep randomly throughout the day and I want to make sure she’s doing ok! Also what I’ve read about urates, hers...
  2. Honeybunnfarms

    Feeding a Russian Tortoise

    Hi! I just got my first Russian Tortoise yesterday and I was curious what would the best diet to give her? She has already eaten Spring mix (No spinach), a small apple slice, a couple pieces of tortoise chow from Flukers, dandelion and a blackberry. Also from what I read she seems to be eating...
  3. turtlebean

    GNATS (may be the death of me)

    Hi everyone, me again! So, sad to say my substrate has become swarmed with gnats, RIP. My substrate is a mix of mostly coco coir with a little cyrprus mulch on top. I keep it pretty moist so that the top layer is somewhat dry to the touch but once it gets ruffled there is a layer of moist coco...
  4. turtlebean

    My Tortoise Has Evolved

    Hi all! Little update on my little bean. When I first got Tortillini I was feeding him a diet of mostly grocery store greens. The occasional tortoise pellets soaked and mixed in. Mostly escarole, chicory, some spring mix, small amount of red and green lettuce maybe some spinach, some turnip or...
  5. M

    Going Bioactive

    So, I have a pair of Russian Tortoises male and female (they live in a large indoor bin enclosure and have never fought and just left each other alone and have been incredibly docile for all the years I've had them. I do have an old backup glass terrarium as a backup though) and I plan to go...
  6. turtlebean

    Bought my tortoise a friend!!

    Hi all! As most of you may know, I have a cute little russian tortoise named Tortillini:) I am now adding a new little one to our family! He got delivered a couple days ago but I’m just now getting time to unbox him. I have learned a couple important things so far from my short time on this...
  7. RussianTortoiseLover5

    Substrate and Lighting

    Hello, I posted a thread yesterday on my enclosure and I am planning on DIY making a 4x6 table. So I have a few questions about specifics. Recommendations (preferably with links) for the best (and cheapest) substrate for russians Also recommendations for the best lighting/heating options. (I...
  8. turtlebean

    Growing Testudo Seed Mix in the Enclosure!

    Hi all! About a month ago I started growing some Testudo Seed Mix, that I purchased from TortoiseSupply, in a container by a window. I watered it pretty regularly (when I didn’t forget to lol) and it got constant sunlight. It did so well! This was it at the end of March, probably a week or so...
  9. Ruszian Tortoise

    Is this food OK?

    Hi, I copy and pasted this from a thread I posted on about my tortoise's nails. My tortoise is a three and a half year old russian female. Is this a good diet: Kale, dandelion (flowers not too often), field madder, creeping jenny, small amounts of clover, some flukers pellets (don't like them...
  10. S

    Looking to purchase Russian Tortoise- Reputable Sites??

    Hi All! I did all my research on decided that a male, captive bred, Russian tortoise is the best tortoise for me to have (I'd prefer a yearling). I live in California and so I am finding my options to be limited as to where to purchase a russian tortoise here. What online sites do you...
  11. I

    Russian Tortoise exhibiting odd behaviour

    Hi, I have had my Russian Tortoise Bowser for about four months now. He was mistreated in his past, as when we got him he had swollen eyes shut and was extremely lethargic. We think he is between 4-5 years old, but we don't know. We nursed him back to health, and he went to the vet in the...
  12. turtlebean

    A Day in the Life of Tortillini

    Hi all! As some of you guys know, i’m newish to these forums as well as still new to owning a tortoise! I got tortillini I think about 3-4 weeks ago. Who knows, in quarantine all of my days are starting to blend together lol! I just wanted to share some pictures of my little guy and his daily...
  13. J

    Store bought Russian looks WAY older than they claim it to be

    Hey there, I’m brand new to this forum and would really appreciate some guidance on my recent purchase. I made the mistake of believing the PetSmart employees that their Russian tortoises were a few months old. Because of the corona virus they weren’t letting people hold the animals (which is...
  14. For-Mr.Spock

    What is this and can my russian tort eat it?

    I was in my front yard yesterday and saw this plant about. It is only March, but we have had very little snow, so some weeds are already popping up. Can my russian tortoise eat this? I tried looking it up myself, but I was having a hard time looking it up.
  15. A

    Two Female Russian Tortoises in Need of Good Home

    Hello everyone! I've decided it's time for me to give away my two tortoises, as I simply don't have the time to give them the care or attention they deserve. I never truly gave them all they needed to thrive, and as a result, they have what looks to likely be MBD/Shell Growth Problems. Other...
  16. For-Mr.Spock

    Nature's Care organic garden soil

    I picked up Nature's Care Organic Garden Soil from Home Depot thinking it was their organic potting soil brand that seemed good. The ingredients are not exactly the same, so I hesitate to use the garden soil with my russian tortoise, even though it will be mixed with sphagnum peat moss and...
  17. turtlebean

    Building my first enclosure! Russian Tortoise

    Hey everyone! I am brand new to these forums and fairly new to the tortoise life. I have had my fair share of experiences with aquatic turtles, especially babies, but as I have learned, tortoises are very different. About a two months ago I really decided I was ready to commit to getting a...
  18. Supriya Bharath

    Russian tortoise for adoption with his terrarium

    I am looking for someone to adopt my pet Russian tortoise. I will give the entire terrarium setup for free with him. We were visiting our home country and unfortunately cannot return because of visa issues. I call my pet Taco. He is very active in summer days and sleeps for most of the time in...
  19. J

    Coming out of hibernation too early?

    I live in the PNW, near Portland, OR. We created an outdoor enclosure for our Russian. In August he went missing and we thought he had escaped, but yesterday he emerged from a deep hole in the enclosure- evidently he was hibernating this entire time! My question is this: Is he done...
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