Congratulations on your new Tortoise. I hope you put wire UNDER the grass - Russian Tortoises LOVE to dig their way out and can climb remarkably well for their size, especially in corners! Can't wait to see how Button does.Tomorrow, I’ll hopefully be receiving Piglet from the lovely @DesertAmy. I’ve been wanting to take in a russian for a few years now, and I am absolutely ecstatic that the day is finally here! I am so excited to offer this adorable boy a wonderful home where he’ll be spoiled, as well as offering me more experience in the tortoise keeping field to use to help others.
As much as I absolutely adore the name Piglet, I will probably be changing it to Button the Russian to match my Curtis the Turtis. However, I can’t just completely get rid of the name Piglet and I had an extremely hard time deciding between the two, so it’s now his middle name. Then, referring to him as Piglet would still be correct
I’ve set up a 6 foot diameter (28 square feet) kiddy pool to serve as an indoor enclose. It’s has two bulbs for a basking spot -not a compact UVB, I promise- to ensure that the temps are high enough without using a spot type bulb. Substrate is cypress mulch, and 4 inches deep. View attachment 295851
I also built him a nice, 8x8 foot outdoor pen for nice days. I will be waiting a week before putting him out, and gradually moving from short intervals to all day to allow him to adapt to outdoor living. I don’t want to overwhelm him with it, so we’re taking it like a tortoise- nice and slow
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I’m getting a cactus pad ready to plant, and I would like to buy a mulberry tree or hibiscus bush for more shade. I’ll almost certainly try to propagate some crepe myrtle and/or grape vine.
The enclosure is seeded with Tortoise supply’s broadleaf Testudo mix.
I wanted to go even further to spoil my wonderful new boy, so I purchased some dried foods from @Kapidolo Farms. They were even nice enough to include layer crumbles, which I am extremely excited to try! View attachment 295853
He is apparently a little stubborn when it comes to food, but I am certain that he’ll be on the good stuff in no time.
I absolutely cannot wait for tomorrow to come! I can’t thank Amy enough for trusting me with the well-being of her gorgeous Piglet. Here’s to hoping he’ll have many years to come enjoying life in his new home
Already stuck some mazuri, Romain, and rose petals in the hide right when he enter, but he came back out to roam some more soon enough. He’s been burrowed under some fake plants for a few hours. I’m a little reluctant to try fruit, but I’ll probably slip him a little piece of banana to see if he’ll take it tomorrowWith Miss. Dexter Persimmons, I fed him in his hide. He was so thin (not that B.P. Is thin) but he felt so comfortable in his hide. Then I would make a trail of food to his piece of slate so he would slowly come out and feel comfortable. Who cares where he eats. My opinion