MY new radiated tortoise Aurora

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Hi everyone
I thought I would share some photos of my new family addition. Her name is Aurora and I have dreamt to have a radiated tortoise since I was young and finally it came true i feel extremely lucky. She has been with me 7days now and is doing so well. Anyone with rads please feel free to add me so we can share information,care needs etc as here in the UK there are not many whom keep these as their so rare. Thanks all :0)
Danielle xx







She is so beautiful xx
 

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Beautiful .....nice markings on a young tort...
Is she a stud booked animal?
COngrads ,,,,,,!!!

JD~:)

PS .... and NO your tort is not pyramiding! ... but I agree ditch the newspaper~:D
 

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Whats the humidity, what are the temps? Are you using a MVB? Can u get it off the news paper? Look the messages i sent you a while back...

PS: To me it looks like pyramiding, my Rad's have perfectly smooth shell, hopefully others can make it more clear.(cuz I'm not toooo sure)
 

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A little pyramiding isn't that bad. Also it seems to be from either the breeder, she has only had it for 7 days so lets guide her through preventative measures. I also would like to see her on some mulch instead of the newspaper. Any questions feel free to ask. And welcome to the forum.
 

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Is it just me or does it have an extra scute? Do you think Bill Zovickian would be ok with it of I posted his care sheet? Oh yea, you could always contact Bill Z, he is very helpful!!!
 

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Hello and thanks all. She is not on newspaper no more this was just until my soil & sand got delivered. I'm waiting on delivery of mulch too.
She does have two extra scutes which makes her even more beautiful & individual. I don't think she is pyramiding at all she's quite smooth. Considering she has only been with me a week she has settled in so well and seems extremely happy. Thanks for any concerns and lively compliments obviously I want any guidance as I don't know of many others with radiata.
I have heard of bill before is he the main radiated breeder in the US?
Thanks again everyone xxx
 

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Looks great, they are so beautiful.
You are lucky to have one :)
 

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Congrats!

I see she's eating cucumbers, which is ok as an occasional treat only, since it's mostly water, lacking nutrients.

I'm not comfortable with sand, I'd avoid it. I use cypress mulch, and coconut coir.
 

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cueboy007 said:
Congrats!

I see she's eating cucumbers, which is ok as an occasional treat only, since it's mostly water, lacking nutrients.

I'm not comfortable with sand, I'd avoid it. I use cypress mulch, and coconut coir.
Sand and dirt is actually a natural substrate and allows microclimates to be exploited.
 

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Sand and dirt is actually a natural substrate and allows microclimates to be exploited.
I wouldn't risk with sand, they could eat it, and get impacted.

Other media can provide good microclimates, and be organic and safe at the same time. My hermanns always dig and sleep under the coco coir.

I don't find rads burrow themselves much. Their feet are not designed to dig, like russians or sulcatas. My rads like to hide behind bushes and other objects.

If you have to use sand, I'd make sure the feeding area is clean.
 

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My Radiated only burrow when going to sleep. [hr]
It's more of a shuffle action where they move into the substrate more
 
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