1. PiL71

    Wood protectant

    Hello - I've been off and on planning a final enclosure for my Russian, Herb. I've had some run ins with people on here before, so I'd really appreciate only help, no harm (unless the harm is for the safety of the tort) As everyone here knows, tortoises can eventually scratch thru wood sealant...
  2. grumpytort


    my little Tort is 3/4 years old now, any idea if he/she’s a boy or girl?! not sure if he’s still to young to tell.
  3. B

    Need help - Vitamin A options for Russian Tortoise

    Hi, I have had problems getting my Russian enough vitamin A for years. He is a very picky eater. He likes to eat spring mix, radicchio, romaine and carrots. I try to give him hibiscus (he loves the flowers but not the leaves), collards and other plants but he never eats them. If he finds a...
  4. T

    Enclosure Queries

    Hello, I'm currently trying to set up my adult Russian's new 8x3ft wooden vivarium but would really appreciate some advice on a few things please before I move him in there: - There seems to be little black bugs all in the orchid bark, like really tiny flies. Does anyone know how I can get rid...
  5. No1much

    Russian tortoise white blood cell count low so needs ct scan?

    Hey guys. My russian tortoise has been unwell for a few weeks. I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago and they said he might have an infection and gave me oral baytril. I've had mixed success getting him to eat it but he started to improve. This week he's been very sluggish in the mornings but perks...
  6. No1much

    Is my tortoise getting enough of his meds.

    TLDR at the end. Hey guys . Bit of background I'll keep it brief. Both my russians got lethargic about a month ago. Went to exotic vets. Poop check of one says worms (they're kept separate). Given wormer to give to both every 2 weeks. Had to remove all substrate (organic top soil) replace with...
  7. Дружок

    Lucky Reptile Tortoise Bedding

    Does anyone have experience with the Lucky Reptile Tortoise Bedding? We now use Lucky Reptile Humus Brick on advise of the store we bought our Russian Tortoise...
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    Just picked him up! His beak is very overgrown and his toenails need trimmed as well. His shell also has a fungus looking thing that I could peel off. This is my first RT! Meet Tonka!
  9. Dcatalano

    Hello from Gabby!

    My Russian, Gabby, was a classroom pet at the Montessori school where I work. Due to covid, they needed every bit of classroom space so he is now a member of our family. He’s so cool and we love having him. I would really like to know your thoughts on his age, if it’s possible to estimate. He’s...
  10. L

    Looking to adopt in the St. Louis area

    I would love to adopt a Russian or Hermann's tortoise in the St. Louis MO or Southern IL area. Please contact me. I've got an enclosure and all the supplies ready. I had a tort lined up but it fell through.
  11. Marisa_marie17

    Please help!!! (shell rot?)

    My tortoises shell has been roughed up since the day I got her and Ive always been cautious of it and I just noticed some things that I really don’t like and I’m panicking bc something isn’t right. Please give all advice and help me with what this might be. I’m super worried about my babe. Like...
  12. Marisa_marie17

    Russian homes

    Hey I was looking for some ideas to further update my tort enclosure. Was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some ideas or post pics of theirs. Also if you would share the dimensions of your enclosures too, I’m considering trying to make mine bigger but don’t know if it’s really...
  13. T

    Enclosure opinions and tips

    This is my enclosure for my 3 year old Russian tort. He has two 40w heat bulbs and a small heat mat that is behind glass in his in-built hide. The enclosure is about 3ftx4ft. He also has his UV strip light. I’ve tried to have lots of plants, most fake but one real at the back. He eats on a slate...
  14. J

    Tortoise doesn't seem to like his new enclosure? Please help :(

    Hey! I'm kinda at a loss here, I have had my russian tortoise for 2 years now, he used to be in a glass terrarium and he didn't seem to have any problems, I know it wasn't big enough but space and money makes my options limited. I decided to make him a new terrarium out of wood and pond lining...
  15. J

    Russian Tortoise Hibernation

    Hello, I've had my Russian for two years. Around 2 months ago, he decided to hibernate. He did the normal fasting for a few weeks (I noticed he wasn't eating his lettuce) and then burrowed deep into his hide. The problem is that he's in an indoor enclosure in my upstairs office. It never gets...
  16. PiL71

    Substrate Mixture?

    Hello anyone who reads this, What I would like to know is how can I make his substrate more burrow friendly? I've allotted about 6 inches of ground to him, but I've noticed it A. dries out fairly fast, and B. when dried does not retain it's shape. I have purely coco coir in there, with a bit...
  17. MistakenMexican

    < 1 year old Tortoise with runny nose Advice

    Hi All, I thought I'd seek some community advice. First of all, I have an emergency vet appointment regarding this issue, so please don't worry on my behalf. I'd rather be safe than sorry based on the potential severity of the issue. But I'd also like to hear what people think on the matter...
  18. Igor the Russian

    New Russian adopted

    Hi All, I’m taking a Russian in that my can’t take on their move. I’m in Massachusetts. They actually found him running loose 6 years ago so don’t know how old. I have read so much conflicting advice online so just wondering some basic stuff. They have him in a 48”x13” glass tank with garden...
  19. Cooksmorrell

    Will he ever stop the aggression???

    I have a male and 3 female Russian tortoise. My male and female we’re fine together for six years but in the past two weeks I’ve added two additional females and ever since he has been super aggressive trying to mate. But he is nonstop biting running from one to the other so I’ve ordered a new...
  20. hazelnut_twirl15

    Getting my baby russian settled in.... advice welcome!

    Hi, I would just like to run past you guys here if everything I'm doing is ok for my little russian tort that I've had for nearly a month now, he is about 2.5'' long. I have learnt so much from you all since being on this forum! He will soon be moving into his new enclosure which I'm very...