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Need knowledge about Russian tortoise. Know very little.

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  1. Kid awesome 11

    Kid awesome 11 New Member

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    hi. I just got my first reptile. It is a Russian tortoise butt I don’t know a lot about them. Please help me. Teach me about them please. Thank you all.
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    How do I know if my tortoise is sick?
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    if he/she starts to stop eating and being active but sometime that happens in the winter time so don't get it mixed up,but all I can say is that you will know if something is wrong with your tortoise and if your not sure you can always ask the forum. ;)
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    post some pictures of the enclosure and lighting and what you feed so ur lil buddy can be happy and healthy
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    This is her enclosure. Besides these two things, not much room to walk and to small cage how is it.

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    Welcome Kid!

    First off, don’t worry about sick right away. Your tortoise is nervous after a move and will likely hide and not eat much for a few days or more. Focus instead on getting the enclosure right; that’s the most important thing.

    The enclosure is far too small, I am sorry to tell you. Read the link above on Russian tortoise care; it will tell you what you need for an enclosure.

    For right now, you need to remove that water bowl. It’s built for lizards. Your tortoise can’t bend its body down to drink from it; she can’t get a drink and she could actually flip into it and harm herself. If you can still return it to whoever sold it to you, do that. Get a cheap terracotta plant saucer from a plant store or Home Depot; sink it into the substrate so that it’s even with the top. You want it so your tortoise can just walk into it. Like this.
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    You also don’t need that food bowl. Get a flat tile, preferably slate or concrete. Your tortoise will use this flat surface to keep its beak worn down to the right length.
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    image.jpg I changed the water bowl this
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    I don’t want to change food bowls because my tortoise likes his food bowl a lot.
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    image.jpg Now he has a lot more room to walk.
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    That water bowl is still not good. You need something that isn’t too tall or steep.

    Also, just to add that it’s way too small for a Russian. You need something that is at least 4 feet by 8 feet, a small tank like that won’t be good for your tortoise.
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    Well if that’s not a water bowl either do you how tall a water bowl should be?
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    it should be tall en
    it should be tall enough to hold water but also shallow enough for your tortoise to climb in and out with ease like what RosemaryDw said a saucer is good and I cheaper then those name brand stuff, and you can use another one to put your torts food in. And sorry to tell you but the enclosure is far to small if you are in a tight budget try looking online for diy tortoise tables or search the forum I linked a Russian tortoise care guide and some of diy tortoise table builds good luck:)
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/my-custom-tortoise-table-build-thread.43781/
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    Good luck with the enclosure. Your parents will have to help you build a 4 foot by 8 foot MINIMUM enclosure :) and make sure you read those links!
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    He likes his food a lot, not the bowl. :) He’ll be fine without it.

    Switching it out to something flat will give him more walking room, just like happened with the water bowl.
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    THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!! You all have helped me so much. Thank you.
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    You are welcome. Keep learning and keep working to make things better for your tortoise. :) Questions are welcome!
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    Thank you for finding his forum! I’m sure your tort will love a long, happy life :)
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