- Feb 3, 2017
I got my tortoise a few months ago from a family member who couldn't take care of it. Can someone tell me if my Russian tortoise is a boy or a girl, and how old it is?
Thanks for confirming it's a male.Hello and welcome.
That tail is looking pretty male.
Your tank is much too small and those ramped water bowls are flipping/drowning hazards.
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Tom is something of a species expert with Russians. He's written the care sheet so that others don't have to make the mistakes he did early on.Thank you, I figured some people could tell the age by the size of the tortoise. As for the tank size, i'm not sure how you know that, neither of the pictures show the size of the tank and i've never had any problem with the ramped water bowls, my tortoise has never flipped over once. I will look into other alternatives though, thank you for your input.
I know this because there is no store bought glass tank big enough for a russian tortoise and the glass in your pic isn't thick enough for this to be a custom 4x8' home built glass tank…As for the tank size, i'm not sure how you know that, neither of the pictures show the size of the tank...
No one has any problem with them… until the day they realize they have a problem with them. On the day you realize it is a problem, you will find your tortoise upside down in the bowl, maybe dead, maybe still alive. Its happened both ways here multiple times. The point of mentioning it was to help you realize its a problem before you and your tortoise have to learn the hard way.and i've never had any problem with the ramped water bowls, my tortoise has never flipped over once.
I agree. Human hair is one of the bigger impaction risks.As well as the hazards of eating small objects, even a dust bunny can cause impaction, it is rather difficult to control temperatures, draughts and humidity on a floor area. And accidents can happen. A controlled enclosure is the best home for a tortoise.