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  1. M

    Russian enclosure

    I live in Minnesota. This is my enclosure for my smaller male and Smaller female. I suspect the female may be about to lay eggs soon. I was wondering if anyone thinks I need to add anything to the enclosure. It appears to be smaller than it actually is because the uvb and heat lamp timer just...
  2. Yoyotort

    Constipation help

    Hello I have had my Russian tortoise koopa for over a year now the past week or so he has been eating less and being very inactive. He has also not been pooping for a few days I’m starting to worry and have soaked him (he always poops plenty in the bath) but this time he isn’t at all. I’m not...
  3. E

    Would glass tank set up work if you put something around it like a wallpaper?

    This is a totally ignorant curiosity based question, I’m new to this and I didn’t know!! I read glass tanks aren’t great for them because of lots of reasons like the heat and that they’ll hurt themselves if they can see out. Would putting a dark paper/wallpaper around the outside of 3/4 sides...
  4. A

    My Tort is Restless!!

    good morning all. Earlier this week, my 17 year old Russian Box tort was taken to a vet for fluid build up / swelling. As a result her kidneys look good, her nose/eyes look good, and she received an antibiotic shot in case of an RI. In spite of her swelling, she is eating and has high energy...
  5. A

    Poor Tort is Swollen (Advice?)

    good morning all. I’ve had my little Russian box tortoise Torti for 17 years. She’s never had any health problems, and under my care has access to UVB light, a Spring mix diet, regular soaking, supplements, and access to roaming a desert backyard. Yesterday morning, she was in good health but in...
  6. Realbookworm

    Abnormal Shell Growth?

    Hi! I’ve had my Russian (her name is Pistachio lol) for a little over a year now and I noticed when I got her that her shell seemed a little off centered, and in the last few months it’s been concerning me more and more. I want to know if her shell growth is normal or if I need to seek a...
  7. mistrel123

    New Russian baby-- help!

    Hi there, I just got a captive bred Russian Tortoise two days ago. It is around four months old. I have it living in the ZooMed tortoise house with loose coconut fiber and ZooMed ecobark mixture. I have a UVB lamp for it, a heat lamp and a nighttime heat lamp with no light. I've been feeding it...
  8. M

    What happens if a Russian tortoise is exposed to 24/7 light?

    Hello, my name is Marshall, I am brand new to Tortoise Forum, but I need help. I have an 'associate' that has possession of young one-eyed Russian Tortoise. I suspect the tortoise is about 4 inches in length, maybe a little less. I haven't identified it as a male or female, but the 'associate'...
  9. BassMaster4379

    Russian Tortoise Stays Buried, Seldom Eats

    I'm new to the reptile world in general and a first-time tortoise owner...so please excuse my ignorance. I recently purchased three new Russian Tortoise hatchlings. They were approximately one month old when I received them and are approximately 2 months old now. All three hatchlings are from...
  10. h28putte

    What species is my tortoise/turtle? How do I care for her??

    Hello. I'm new here, and was hoping I could get some help with identifying the species of my turtle/tortoise! Sorry for the long post ahead, however, I really need help!! My tortoise/turtle is about 10 years old. The pet store was unsure of her species, however, I am guessing she's either a...
  11. FomTarro

    Russian Tortoise: black dots all over skin

    Hi all, We've had our Russian tortoise for a little over 6 months now. She's had these black spots all over her skin (both arms and legs) since we got her, but we are recently noticing that no other Russian tortoises seem to have them, by way of looking at tortoise Instagram. Are these normal...
  12. S

    Am I taking care of my russian tortoise correctly?

    I have a Russian Tortoise named Ivan and I've had him for about 7 months now. We bought him at a pet store and we have him in an 40 gal aquarium that is 36Lx18Wx151/2H. We have a very limited amount of space with where we put him and a wooden housing unit was not possible st the time and a lot...
  13. B

    First Brumation

    Hi there, First backstory info: I’m pretty new to keeping my Russian tortoise. Oddly enough, she was found wondering the streets of a local neighborhood and since I’m a reptile rehabilitator (mostly alligators, removing snakes, and occasional turtle shell patch) they called me thinking she was a...
  14. avfarrar

    Need To Rehome My Russian Tortoise (TX) FREE

    Hi everyone. I would like to adopt out my male Russian tortoise, Urkel. He was given to us several years ago by someone in the family. In the last few months I've realized, as I have been researching to better his care, and weighing that with my commitments, that I can no longer take care of him...
  15. L

    Wanted: Adult Russian tortoise female (happy to pay for shipping)

    Hello all, I've been doing some extensive work with building my outdoor Russian Tortoise enclosure for next year. This will be my first time keeping a breeding colony and I can't wait to start this endeavor. It's about 35ftx30ft! I've put many hours into building the perfect layout that will...
  16. fallingmiles

    Greek? Russian? or??? And many other questions

    Hello, a tortoise was found in the parking lot of my wife work. Looks like she's had it a bit rough. She has damage to her shell, some missing toenails, but beyond that, she is very active and seems to be in good health. We believe she has been out in the wilds for a while now. Here are my...
  17. No1much

    Is this sphagnum moss ok for my Russians ?

    Hey guys I have a hide in the warm end for my Russians that I spray a couple of times a day for a bit of humidity if they want it (they're between 1-2 yo I believe). I bought this live sphagnum moss for them. Is it ok to use for Russians? There's a list of animals on the back but tortoises...
  18. No1much

    Russian tortoise lighting hours?

    Hi all ☺️ I got my Russian tortoise Cadwell about 5 weeks ago. When I got him he was quite dehydrated and lathargic. His urates were like crumbled chalk so I don't think he had great care when I got him. On top of that he was being bullied and bitten by his cage mate blink (my partners tortoise...
  19. B

    Found Russian tortoise, Contra Costa county CA

    I have found a wandering Russian tortoise in Martinez, Pacheco , CA area. Please message me if you know anyone or if you are missing yours. Hopefully I can get the sweet little guy back to his family. Not sure if this is posted correctly and if not, please direct me as to where it should be...
  20. P

    Hermanns and Russian Tortoise Care in a Tropical Country

    Good day everyone. I am totally new and I am looking forward to having a Hermanns and a Russian Tortoise become part of my family. I have read a lot of forums but most of the questions / scenarios are different from where I am from so I am not sure if the advice / recommendations are applicable...
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