1. E


    Hello! This is Rocky. I responded to a rehoming request on Craiglist and Rocky has been with me for almost three weeks. The posts that recommended daily soaking for tortoises having hard times adjusting to new environments were very helpful. Rocky’s initial hunger strike only lasted 6 days. He’a...
  2. agnes&theo

    acquaintance's tortoise looks bad ... thoughts?

    A recent acquaintance got a Russian tortoise from a pet store on a whim (yeah) two months ago. No idea the age, though not a hatchling. The tortoise has been inside a 50-gallon tank with a UVB and fed romaine, bok choy, and kale (we already had a chat about improving the nutrition). But her...
  3. snailpeekoutofshell

    Safe to feed plants grown with hydroponic nutrients?

    I'm having A LOT of trouble growing a garden for my Russian to eat... It's been very hot the past month or so, and my plants are suffering for it. Almost everything I started growing a couple months ago is dead, with a few weeds holding strong. I'm about to start growing them indoors and moving...
  4. LRZtorts

    CB Russian Tortoise hatchlings

    I have some Russian tortoise hatchlings that will be ready for new homes in August. I am currently taking deposits for anyone interested. They are $200 each plus overnight shipping via FedEx (anywhere between $40-75). Local pick up welcome as well. I’m located in TX south of Dallas. Deposits are...
  5. sadid1999

    Is this grassy poo normal?

    So i soaked my russian earlier and all this grassy poo has come out which has never happened before? He has been outside a lot more and i have caught him munching on the grass a few times but is this a problem? it was stuck to his butt quite a lot so a pulled on it slightly and it all came away...
  6. V

    My Horsfield is uncharacteristically lethargic

    Hi, this is my first post here after lurking for years. I need an opinion on whether or not this is an emergency for my tortoise. The earliest exotic vet appointment is August 5th so I don't know if I should wait or not for his check-up. I moved a little over a month ago and my Horsfield...
  7. K

    2 White Dots On Russian Tortoise Shell

    Hello, I bought a Russian tortoise 2 weeks ago and I’ve noticed these 2 white dots one on a scute and one “in between?” the scutes. I’ve looked and read everywhere and seen things that ranged from mineral deposits all the way to shell rot. I have been using bottled water for his water bath and...
  8. snailpeekoutofshell

    Zoo Med T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Fluorescent Lamp

    Hello! For the days when I can't get my Russian out in time for good UV rays or in winter, I wanted to be prepared with a good UV light for him instead of waiting until the time comes... Zoo Med T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Fluorescent Lamp This is the one I was looking at, and I've been looking for...
  9. C

    Tort suddenly aggresive?

    Hi all - Longtime lurker, first time poster ... I have two Russian male torts given to me 8 years ago by a friend who couldn't care for them anymore. They have always been housed together and seemed to like each other's company just fine, sharing the hide, basking together, etc. Current...
  10. T

    Beak Broken Off - Advice Please!

    Hello, I've just checked on my adult Russian to see him sitting with his cuttlefish, powder all around his face & a piece of his broken beak next to him. I was looking into trimming his beak but was a little apprehensive about doing it myself, as well as taking him to the vet because of the...
  11. snailpeekoutofshell

    A question about evening sun exposure

    Hello! So here in Vegas we're in the middle of a heat wave.. the high tomorrow is supposed to be 115 F and the low is 82 F. This is quite early in the summer for these high temperatures. Currently, I don't have any deep shade or deep holes for Beans to hide from the heat in. For the past few...
  12. snailpeekoutofshell

    Face looking swollen and head peeling?

    Hello! I had been thinking over the past day or two that Beans’ face was looking a little swollen, and that his head was peeling quite a bit. I’ve had him now for exactly a month, and I compared a photo of him now to a photo of him when I found him and it definitely looks swollen or at least...
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    Me and my boy hank enjoying some iowa sun!
  14. sadid1999

    Is my russian tortoise beak too long? Does he have infection?

    Is his beak getting too long? I have ordered some cuttlebone as i heard this is also good for chewing on to break the beak down?
  15. snailpeekoutofshell

    Is this pee?

    I was sitting here watching Beans chill under his basking light, when he suddenly spurt out this water looking liquid. When it came out he was facing the direction it’s currently pooled in now, and I had moved him to get a better look and to check underneath and make sure his tail was wet (it...
  16. 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...
  17. snailpeekoutofshell

    A new friend? LOL

    Went to Cactus Joe’s today, where I have been wanting to get one of these cute ants made of rock and thick wire, and found this adorable scorpion I HAD to get. I set it in Beans’ enclosure just as a decoration when I gave him some food around 4pm... and I’ve periodically came in to check on him...
  18. snailpeekoutofshell

    Rot on plastron? :(

    Hello! I posted a bit ago about how Beans had suffered a dog attack, and since then he’s just been in a completely separate room and it’s been working quite well. He had suffered some damage to his top shell which seems to be fine, and the plastron which I’m more concerned about. Initially I had...
  19. sadid1999

    What are these white marks on my Russian tortoise?

  20. snailpeekoutofshell

    Should I be concerned about Russian being burrowed all day?

    Hello again! A couple weeks ago I posted about my Russian tortoise (Beans) that I found in my backyard and couldn't find the original home of. Since then, I've been working on building an enclosure for him in my backyard, but it's definitely taking quite a bit of time. For a majority of the...