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Discussion in 'Elongated and Forsten's tortoises' started by KevinGG, Sep 19, 2017.

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  1. KevinGG

    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well, they're here. This forum can be to thank for this addition. I received three indotestudo elongata from Jay Frewer this morning. They are each from different bloodlines so ideally they can be bred as adults. Using a 40 gallon breeder as an enclosure for now. Was going to put them in a much larger enclosure, but then I found out that they are only two inches long. The aquarium is set up in the house so I'll be able to keep an eye on them until they are a little larger. Substrate is eco earth. I covered this with a shallow layer of madrone leaves. The only plant I am using in the enclosure is pothos. I decided to, instead of using a temperature gradient, create several microclimates. Ambient temperature is low 80s in the day with a small drop at night. There is a humid hide in one corner. This is filled with moist spaghum moss and remains a few degrees cooler (high 70s) than the ambient. There are several areas with deeper leaf litter and these also remain cooler than the ambient. The CHE is right above the water dish. This is right in the center of the enclosure to hopefully keep an even ambient temperature, and will keep humidity high at all times. There is also a 5.0 UVB strip light that runs the length of the enclosure. This is the only light provided in the habitat. The tank is also by a shady window so they will get some supplemental light, but no direct sun. I will keep you guys up on the progress of these little guys. In the next couple of months, I am hoping to put together an unrelated trio of Forstenii as well, but very happy with these guys right now. Here are some pictures of the tortoises and enclosure. Thanks for looking:).

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    They're pretty little things, aren't they? I like the habitat you set up for them.
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Yvonne:). They're beautiful. Such underrated tortoises.
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    Absolutely smashing. :):<3::tort:
    Love the habitat, too.
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you. Really excited to keep this species.
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    Awesome! You've caught the Indotestudo bug!
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I really did. These guys are great so far. Moving around. Not eating yet, but lots of activity.
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    Very nice!! Congrats on your new beauties!! They are a species I would also like some day. *smile*
    I will follow...
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    They're so cute ! I love the idea of outdoor/indoor enclosure in front of the window ! Smart idea ! :)
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thx everyone. Will keep everyone updated.
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They all ate today. I soaked them and then they enjoyed some mazuri tortoise diet, blueberries, and dried bugs.

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    Nomnom... nice!!
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    Wow! Beautiful babies and a lovely home you made for them.
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    Beautiful little guys!!!!
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks everyone!
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well, the babies aren't big fans of dandelion or strawberries apparently. All but one left the pile. The one that stuck around doesn't seem too interested in eating it either though. Might have to acclimate them by mixing greens with mazuri.

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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    On closer examination, they may just be full. Turns out they've been going to town on the pothos haha. That's good. Makes me happy that they are browsing. Introducing some pill bugs and worms this week. Maybe they'll enjoy those too.

    Don't know if you can see the bite marks.

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    Todays meal marks their first fungi. Lunch consisted of oyster mushroom, figs, and blueberries.

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    They must have liked the pungent smell because they ran over and devoured it.

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    The three toed box turtle enjoyed some of the extra as well. His face markings are starting to show up too. Notice the white marking near his nares :)

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    Thanks for looking. Follow me on Instagram @theturtleisyou for more photos. :)
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    Loving the little guys. And a great looking box turtle, colors are fantastic. Thanks for the updates!

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    KevinGG Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They sure do love Mazuri. Good news is they’ve started eating everything though. Greens, flowers, mushrooms, fruit, protein. These guys have just been great.

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