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Was given a tortoise, can anyone identify its species?

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    Hi everyone! I've just found you all. I recently was given a tortoise to care for - ive no idea what type he is . Can anyone help? I'd be very grateful.
    Thanks!

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    Hi and welcome to this great site! There is a lot I can see that will be commented on and advice given, just from the pics. Thanks for taking in this little guy. He sure needs help and this is a fine place to get it. Experts coming right up - stay tuned!!!:)
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    Thankyou! I'm hoping people here will have the experience to share so he gets the correct lifestyle
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    Looks like it might be a Testudo marginata.
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    Thankyou!
    Thankyou!
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    So, can we please have some comments/advice/questions from the experts with this species?
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    Get a good uvb light or get him out in some natural sunlight as much as possible. To me it looks like he has, or at one time had some MBD going on. His shell looks pretty funky.
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    I know nothing about the marginated tortoises, however, I can give a few general pointers. The tortoise needs a dedicated enclosure that's large enough for the tortoise to walk around in (exercise helps the digestive tract clear). It needs a good UVB light and a place to be able to sit and warm up. The enclosure needs to be big enough so that the tortoise can move away from the light to cool down. It needs a couple of hiding places, a waterer and a feeding tile. As you can see, with all these additions to the enclosure, you'll need a pretty big container - 4' x 8' would be a good starting place.

    The tortoise can be fed various mixed greens and weeds.

    It's much easier to take care of a full grown tortoise if you set it up in a safe, outdoor enclosure. Marginated tortoises brumate, so when the weather cools you can allow brumation, however, because this tortoise is new to you, you'll have to keep it up this winter.
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    Thanks so much for the information, I got him from a colleague that rescued him from a woman keeping him in a rabbit hutch with a desk lamp. Hes always free roamed and never wintered...its guessed hes about 15 years old, 'm not sure this wee guy knows quite what normal is.
    Thanks so much again for your help!
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    As Toddrick said, the shell looks like MBD. UV lighting will be crucial for this guy.
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    We were given this but I'll head to the pet shop tomorrow !

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    We live in scotland, I'd kill him in the cold even if I could find sunlight here atm, so hes by the heater with that light...wide awake, kinda pulsing his limbs under the rays. Hes eating and passing fine, just chased the cat away...gees, I'm feeling like a first time mummy atm. I'm really appreciating everyones help. Thankyou!
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    @Tzanmc welcome to the forum! You came to the right place. Thank you for rescuing the little guy!
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    He may be dehydrated, and will need some nice long warm soaks anyway, whatever else is done.
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    Thankyou, I appreciate a place like this...will help me give "Sheldon" the best possible care through the collective knowledge.
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    Hes like a tree, all bark like...I can bathe him?
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    Absolutely you can! He will benefit from warm soaks every day to start with...but the brumation thing, I know nothing about so that will have to be discussed further since you are going to keep him indoors and not brumate him...in which case certainly do the warm soaks.
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    ...and being on that rug is not good for him, he may eat it or get hairs into his digestive system from it...set him up ASAP in his own space with appropriate substrate.
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    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! {Dramatic horror movie yell....}

    You will get nothing but bad advice and bad products from a pet shop. Save yourself that hassle and expense, and save your tortoise from dangerous pet store crap. Most of what you need will be found at a hardware store, not a pet shop.

    Care for all Testudo is similar. Read these and then come back with questions.
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/
    https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
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    Right, thanks Tom!!!
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