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carina - 2011-03-02
I had just got a red foot. I got him off my friend who told me to give him 2 cherry tomatoes every other day. That too many are bad for him, and I shouldn't give him anything else besides the tortoise food. And the big container of water was just there because that's what he poops in. But I have found that he likes to kinda sit in the water, and dunks his head. So I try to keep it warm for him and clean. I also had to give him a little bath when I got him because he had what looked like brown scum on his shell. My kids love to watch him eat. He does great with the tomatoes! But, I want to give him more, he is 5 yrs old and hasn't grown any for the past 3 yrs, so I want to know what I can give him, how much, how often and hopefully he will start to grow again and become more healthy. He is very active but I have noticed that he will go into his shell for a few hrs at a time. I'm guessing he is sleeping, but how long should he be doing that? I am so very new at this whole tortoise thing, I need all the help I can get, from caring, bathing, caging, handling, and feeding. Please help answer some of my questions so I can better help my red-foot, and take care of him properly. Thank you very much!

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  • John - 2011-03-17
    Well what I have found out that dandelion greens are good for the red foot, I give mine a variety of different greens, dandelion, mustard greens, turnip green, I also give him cucumber, and zucchini. I give him protien every two months, I give him a small amount of a boiled egg. I also give mine a little of the banana, strawberries and mango. They love their fruit so make sure they have their greens that day first. Their diet is about 85% greens 10% fruit and 5% protein. I just make sure he has as much food as he can eat for that day. You will eventually know how much to give to him. Just make sure you remove the old and replace with fresh food every day.Mine has grown so much. I know when I first got him he was sick with diarrea for a couple of days and would not eat. He was used to the pellets they feed him at the pet store and also needed a good wash to get rid of the fungus that was growing on his shell. I constantly give him fresh warm water to soak in and drink and I keep him clean, I also clean his area once a week. His happy and seems very healthy. I hope this will helps.
  • Kathy - 2014-07-01
    The pellets are not good for him my buster eats kale, collard greens, raspberries, blueberries, all lettuce except iceberg (no iceberg). Throw seeds in the ground, get the kids into having a garden then let him graze. Enjoy them they are cool pets.
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Susan B - 2012-05-08
I have a new red foot (about 6 days) he's a yearling. He hides in his log all the time unless I pull him out for his soak. That wakes him up and he will wander around the house a little and eats only a tiny amount (one small piece of greens or a 1/4 a strawberry or a 1/2 grape tomato). He has eaten only very small amounts. As soon as he is back in his enclosure, he returns to the log. How long will this behavior last? He is in a 4 x 2 small animal pen. Wire top. I have a basking area at 90* and a cool end about 70*. A UVB light, water pond and humidity about 60%. Is it conditions or bashfulness? Help or advice from those more experienced appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Yeah, I'd be worried about his not eating. Try some different greenstuffs to see if you can find something that attracts him. Check with the previous owner about his diet, maybe he has a favorite food. If all else fails, get him a checkup with a veterinarian to make sure he doesn't have internal parasites or other illness. A vet will want a stool sample. He needs to be eating more...
  • Susan B - 2012-05-09
    He came from a Petsmart. They had him on freeze-dried pellets. I want him to eat fresh foods. I turned off his UVB yesterday for awhile and he wandered around his pen for a longer period. Last night, he burrowed in next to his log instead of under it. I read on this site that many ppl have experience with their red foots when they are rehomed, but they do come around. I will keep my eye on him...
  • sheena - 2012-06-06
    I've also read that when transfered to a new home the may fast and can go long periods of time without food or water. I just got one myself she is so funny. She has no fear and loves to run outside in the grass! Petco and petsmart really couldnt give me much info on the breed! lol Great help they where. Give him or her some time. Mine love cherry tomatoes those r her favorite!
  • Kathy - 2014-07-01
    No grapes. That is what I was told. I have a rf, at first he stayed in the log now he goes everywhere. He is a very interesting pet to have, enjoy yours.
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Worried in Detroit - 2014-06-24
My African Side-neck turtle's head is peeling--that is to say that the skin on top of her head is peeling and she is spending days at a time on her basking area. When I passed by her tank she fell off the basking area and I am scared that she is sick. I have had her for about two months and she is just a baby. Her tank is about 70 and she seems to like that temperature when she is in there. Any ideas about how I can moisturize her head? Do you know if she is sick and what I can do to make her get better?

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  • African Sideneck Turtles - 2014-06-28
    The first thing is maybe heat your tank a little. Most aquatic turtles including Sidenecks prefer a temperature of 75+. And by peeling do you mean it's actually peeling? If it's just shedding that is pretty normal for a Sideneck. It's a sign of growth if it sheds. I'm not sure about the falling part, but from what I am hearing it sounds like it is just shy and prefers to bask alone. Mine was like that for a while. Hope I helped!
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Jeremy W. Sr - 2014-06-26
I live in Somersworth New Hampshire and I have two spurred tortoises, a male that I take care of and a female that's just a baby. The males name is Sully and he is 6 years old going on 7. I babysit him in the summertime from my friend because I have a fenced in yard. The other 1 I have I'm not sure on the age, I got it as a rescue that I've taken care of and brought it back to health. Someone just left her at an apartment and she was in there for almost two months before someone even noticed that she was there. I named her Glaedr after the gold dragon in the book Eragon. They are two of the few reptiles that my girlfriend and I have. I love taking Sully to the park and watching the kids enjoying seeing him and wanting to learn about them.

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kristi - 2013-06-12
i just got my african sideneck turtle yesterday, he ate when we got home.. but now he's not eating and hasn't basked at all... the water temps are both good.. and he has a basking spot.

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  • Kriss Abplestein - 2014-06-24
    African Sideneck Turtles take 3/4 days to become accustomed to their new environments, so this is normal.
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Sandra - 2014-06-20
My 13 month old ball python's belly has begun to look concave with the sides curling in towards the center of the underbelly. Also she is stargazing and her last shed was difficult. We also noticed that her last bowel movement was extremely smelly. What does all this indicate about her health, and what should we do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like he may be emaciated. It could be from underfeeding or he may have a parasite (worms). I recommend you take him to be checked out by a vet.
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Sandra - 2014-06-20
Our 13 month old ball python, Sue Ellen, has been very healthy. However, this month she had a hard time shedding (mostly from the head area) and I realize that she needs more humidity. Now I notice that her underbelly is getting concave at times, and edges curl in towards the center. She always eats well and seems otherwise healthy. What does this mean? Is it an indication of something that is wrong? She also had a bowel movement this week that smelled very rank, which has never happened before. She also seems to stare into space a lot more than she used to, instead of going into her hide where it is warm or crawling around. I took some photos and a short video, so perhaps you know if there is someone I could send it to who can tell if this is something wrong.

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Jacqueline - 2014-04-20
I recently took in a friends ball python they could no longer take care of, she said he hadn't eaten in 3 months so the day I got him I went to a reptile store. They gave me a feeder mouse but a few days passed and he refused to eat, it's been almost a month he has not shed or eaten. He hardly comes out of his rock so I checked on him, pulled him out and noticed his eyes are cloudy, what is this, what can I do?

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  • Callum - 2014-06-20
    Cloudy eyes normally indicate that the snake is coming into shed. Caution should be taken when handling snakes in shed because it's vision is minimal and this can cause stress and anxiety. In some cases cloudy eyes can be a sign of ill or abnormal health.
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Paulette - 2013-07-16
We've had our Chilean Rose Hair for about a year now. She just had her first molt. When we got her she looked a bit rough, had a bald spot on her abdomen and was very tentative. Now she has a lovely web nest, eats voraciously and since her molt looks more beautiful than ever. She has entertained children at my kid's school and was quite a good sport about it. Very docile animal despite her rather large fangs. Keeping her well-fed has its advantages. I must say, she seems quite content to be left alone and handled sporadically, but shows no aggression when handled. Yes, after her molt she has been more energetic. Her leg span and body size cover the palm of my hand so I would say she is at about three inches in size! I cannot imagine what she will be like at 6 inches. That will be an utterly MASSIVE tarantula! I look forward to seeing it though.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-19
    Just lost my baby shy of 16 years! A few days ago! Very docile spider very well kept but it was her time! :(
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Kim - 2014-06-03
Hi, I live in Oswego county, NY... my 9 yo son and I just found a painted turtle in our back yard! I believe it is a female because she had dug up a spot in the yard! She sat at the spot for like 30 minutes then pushed the dirt back in and walked away! Just wondering if she did lay eggs how long will it be before we see babies.... We would like to watch for them! I am going to mark the spot so they won't mow there! Any help would be great!

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  • jim - 2014-06-19
    Should be about ten weeks. For the babies to arrive. If she did lay eggs, are you close to water? They usually lay their eggs near a body of water. Have a best time watching them when they hatch, it's a good experience. I own one eastern painted turtle. His name is Gamera after the Monterrey movie turtle. We found him as a baby. Smaller than a quarter he was. Very excited my son was. Have fun but if you handle them remember to wash your hands. The babies can carry some germs not good for us. They are ok to handle just wash afterwards.. have a camera ready to capture the moment, and have fun.
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