1. Richard Harrison-Cripps

    Hermanni with major carapace trauma / egg retention problems

    Hi. I'd be very grateful for some advice from folks here with veterinary knowledge. I'm a ecologist, working on Testudo hermanni populations in Montenegro for around 14 years, and have more and more found myself getting involved in rehabilitations. Our latest case is a mature female brought to...
  2. atx95

    Extra scute questions

    I noticed a extra scute on the rear end of my tort. Is this just cosmetic or could it lead to problems in the future since it’s located above his hind leg? I wasn’t made aware of this when ordering him but I don’t mind, I just want to make sure it won’t be a issue in the future. I was also...
  3. H

    What's the bluish coloration for?

    He has shell rot with hemorrhaging, I've been doing the betadine treatments and he also has an oral antibiotic. This is his second round with it as he crashed again a few days ago and hasn't eaten since then. The betadine treatments havent been seeming to help much, if at all, and the oral...
  4. Texas Scott

    Life after death - Preserve a shell

    Sadly, my Male Indian Star Tortoise Nostradamus, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. I was pretty upset and dumbfounded but I knew I wanted to preserve his shell. I posted on one of the local facebook groups asking for someone who could do this and was luckily enough to meet a man named Ryan...
  5. NadineB

    Plastron looks weird/flaky

    Hello members, I own a female Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri, hatched in August of 2016, I've had her since 2018. Since then the living conditions have been in an outdoor enclosure, so I've got sunlight, shade, digging and hiding spots and a water bowl. I feed her a leaf & flower based diet and...
  6. ISC9

    Tortoise head stuck in shell! Kidneys? Shell thickening?

    Hi, we have a 30+ year old tortoise, (I don't know what species she is). Lately she's had problems getting her head out from her shell. She is fighting and fighting trying to get out, getting more and more panicked until it finally pops out. When we got her, she had already been mistreated for...
  7. F

    Fred's shell

    Hey I have a 2year old Hermann tortoise and his shell seems too be a bit more bumpy than the other tortoises I have seen. Can somebody please tell me if it is normal??? (•‿•)
  8. EmmaE

    Hermanns Tortoise with pink hue on Shell - bacterial infection?

    Hello All, My tortoise has a pink tint on her shell and I fear that this may be something serious. I wanted to post here to get some feed back. She has been behaving normally and eating. She generally poops but it has been about 2-3 days since she last pooped now. Details: - Hermanns Tortoise...
  9. B

    Is he pyramiding?

    Hello! I got my tortoise, Jim, about two weeks ago and he's about 4 months old. I am wondering if he (or she) began pyramiding before I got him. And any tips to help stop that. I keep his enclosure humid and soak him every day. Thanks!
  10. whortoise

    Interesting Shell Marks

    Hello everyone, Yesterday i noticed these shell marks on my baby Russian. Im wondering if it means its a good thing or a bad thing. If not a bad thing, what is it?
  11. Questingbeast

    3-legged box turtle with shell damage - need some help

    I received this rescued 3-legged box turtle from a wildlife rescue and museum to work some magic with, but there is SO much going on with his shell that I'm honestly a bit confused with what kind of damage this all is or how to tackle the problem areas. I am more than willing to take him to the...
  12. Lizbeth

    Shell ok?

    My desert tortoise is about a year old and I noticed some light spots I don't previously recall being there. Is this a) normal? If not, could it be caused by a scrape? Or what else might be the cause? It's acting normal, doesn't care if I touch those spots, etc. Just wanted to make sure I'm...
  13. A

    New and need some guidance. Plastron issues?

    Hello all. I've fostered a few older sulcata's in the past for a few months at a time but hatchlings are completely new to me.. We rescued a hatchling in distress during one of the storms here recently we've been caring for this sweet little baby for about a month now. Things have seemingly...
  14. T

    Hello I need some help

    Hello I'm a newish tortoise owner I have a redfoot called twig I got him in March at the start of 2019 and I need some help lately I've been noticing the front of his shell looks like its scratched or worn down can somebody help me and tell me if it's normal or bad
  15. zbarry

    HELP I dont know if this is shell rot

    Hi so I've had my russian tortoise Donatello for a year now and I've recently started to notice how his shell doesnt look as nice as other shells. I've tried to do some research but I felt like I was just getting my self worried about it being something really bad so I decided to come here and...
  16. Golem's Shell

    Golem's Shell

    Golem was out on her daily exploration and I couldn't resist capturing the texture of her shell.
  17. I

    Horsefield shell help

    Hello all :) I have owned my tortoise for 11 years and I’ve never had any problems with her. She is kept in an indoor glass vivarium (upgrading to a table in the next month or so). I bath her regularly and she has a diverse diet and eats very well. However, I recently changed a blown...
  18. Say hello to Alex!

    Say hello to Alex!

    He was formerly known as Alexi until we discovered he was a boy. His curious personality and territorial nature has earned him the nickname of "Alexander the Great".
  19. K

    Russian with a bit of a soft shell!

    Hello everyone, I'm new here and have come for a bit of advice regarding my Russian :):tort: Shes about 2 years old and shes been to the vet recently for a few stones which the vet put down to the warmer weather and not being hydrated enough! She has daily baths now and shes doing better not...
  20. E

    Cracking in shell

    Hello, I’ve had my Sulcatas Tortoise for a couple years now. We got him from a previous owner so he was a decent size to begin with but he’s pushing 40lbs now and recently I’ve noticed some cracking in the shell. Is this a concern? How should I treat it?