Big mike

Big mike

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Hey there all new to this o have Russian tortoise and she is 3 or 4 months old have had her for about 3weeks and I have only seen her eat once or twice and all she wants to do is burrow is this normal for tortoises
 

Big mike

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Thanks so much for the info I have both day and night lights for the tortoise is this ok also would organic soil be better then pet store bedding
 

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Get orchard bark or cypress mulch. It’s messy but you can get coco coir.
 

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Welcome to the Forum!
 

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Hi and welcome. I have recently gotten an adult Russian and he took a week to adjust but he is doing well now and is eating pretty well. The care sheet is so excellent it will give you a lot of good advice.
 

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Hate to break it to you but that tortoise is not a hatchling. I’d say 10 yrs old. The water bowl needs to be changed immediately, torts can flip over and drown. They need a terra cotta saucer. That Russian needs at least an 8ft by 4ft enclosure, it’s way to small for her. Is that coco coir or soil I see? If it’s soil change it out with orchard bark, coco coir, or cypress mulch.
 

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That cage is way too small. Adult tortoises should not live in tanks. That is definitely not a hatchling. You can make a tort table 8 by 4 feet for pretty cheap.
 

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I was told that when they get them from the breeders they are 2 to3 months old and they only had her for a week before I got her is there a web site I can order from for water dishes cause not a lot of places to get stuff like that where I'm at
 

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Welcome and sad to say it, but you got Petshopped! You Russian could be full grown or still have some growing to do. @J Sheffield has a monster rescue Russian that is easily on the larger end of the scale. Mine is a Carol S original-got him when he was about 3 months old when I got him and hasnt stopped growing the 309 was December 2019. That is my fancy 4'X12' outdoor enclosure
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Golden Greek Tortoise 567

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I was told that when they get them from the breeders they are 2 to3 months old and they only had her for a week before I got her is there a web site I can order from for water dishes cause not a lot of places to get stuff like that where I'm at
She is definitely not 2-3 months old, you can go to Lowe’s to pick up the supplies you need to build an 8ft by 4ft enclosure and the water dish.
 

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congratulations on your new tortoise, once you get him all figured out you will enjoy him or her.
 
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