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Shellyskaren - 2010-05-31
I have a redfoot named Shelly. She's smart and active; she has a good appetite, and I adore her. She's 2yrs old and getting large (she gets into the dogs food more than she should). The problem is, she has several white areas on her shell. It does not look like a fungus. It looks like she has no pigmentation-like vitiligo! What could this be? Has anyone else seen this?

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  • Stephanie, from CA - 2010-08-24
    Dog food is bad, bad, bad and cause pyramiding. IF you must give a dry protein source a HIGH QUALITY CAT FOOD THAT IS LOW FAT and has no or little corn is best. Boiled eggs, raw chicken, raw shrimp and many kinds of worms ( mill worms are easy and cheap to get) are more ideal. They are prone to so many metabolic diseases when they eat dog or cat food as it has grains that are not good for them and too much fat. But cat high quality low fat cat food is the lesser of two evils and even that should be limited to 1x a week. Hope that helps.
  • Oscar R. - 2011-01-20
    It might have a rotten shell which is bad you should get it checked out.
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s.dodds - 2010-09-21
I have two, what I have been told are the Snow Leopard Tortoises, male and female. Both I believe are over 7 years old. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I am not able to care for them any longer.
Should I send you photographs?

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  • YY - 2010-11-11
    Yes. Let us see your Leopard Tortoise.^0^
    I like leopard tortoises. I have one.
  • brian - 2010-12-14
    do you still have those two snow leopard tortoises? im really interested
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Karl - 2010-12-12
Does anyone know what age a spur tugged tortoise ( testudo Greeca ) needs to be before sexual maturity? As I would like to know how many years I have to wait for my three tortoises to breed they are called female - fluffy, squishy male - stompy the females are four and hatched two days apart and the male will be three at some point this year also I know rarely some have bumpy shells but fluffy being the biggest I think has grown too quickly and has not gored her shell properly it is very bumpy, I'm starting to worry because it has not improved at all in the year and a half that I have had her and her sister :( thank you for taking your time to read this.

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lisa - 2010-09-15
Hi ya can I keep two males and two females together?

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  • Karl - 2010-12-12
    No the males will kill each other and the females may get injured during their fighting.
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Anonymous - 2010-11-17
My tortoise Leny is the best, I'm so glad I have him... I encourage all to get one!

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Ming - 2010-11-15
Hi my leopard tortoise is 10 cm in length. He's the sweetest little guy in the world and has warmed up to everyone he comes across. I just don't know how old he is, could you help me out?

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Scooter - 2007-01-30
About 7 years ago, I bought a 4" Sulcata tortoise with exquisite diamond shapes on her shell in a pet shop. I asked the store attendant what he could tell me about it and was told "Oh yea man, that's a turtle." I liked the creature and bought it anyway.

The sales clerk who sold me the tortoise had no idea that a sulcata would grow so quickly to such a large size, nor was he aware of its nutritional and environmental needs.

I later learned proper sulcata care. The severe pyramiding process that I thought was so attractive but was in truth a deformity and was stopped with normal growth developing after. Finally, she has grown to the point of reaching the limits of the 55 gallon tank habitat in a Manhattan apartment.

Sulcatas should never be sold to live in an New York apartment. However they are easy and prolific breeders, and the market is flooded with cheap little cute tortoises purchased without understanding the committment a sulcata requires. No animal should ever be sold to anyone unaware that they would someday be unable to properly care for it.

they should never be bought as "cute pets" and no one without experience in keeping these huge tortoises with difficult habitat needs should take on the responsibility for keeping one.

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  • dv - 2010-10-28
    I completely Agree They are the cutest pets yet require life long commitment and proper living condtions Lots of Land, warm climate, Interaction with natural world a Must! maby not during the winter but def the summer.
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xxxx - 2010-09-21
I have a Red-Foot I let him run around the apartment & on the patio. My dog likes to follow it and he'll every once in awhile turn him over. The Red Foot is great pet.

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Kelly - 2010-09-16
I have a russiun tortoise named Mayday and they are the best animal in the world!

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steve & Kui - 2009-02-05
Aloha from Hawaii do you remember Kui the African Spurred Tortoise. Well Kui has done it again, he has gotten his picture in the Midweek in Honolulu Hawaii. See Kui snacking on his favorite red hibicus flower. The guy taking the pictures was amazed with Kui and I think Kui was a little impressed himself. You can see kui's picture in the 2-4-09 Midweek in the windward section. Aloha S D Lynch & Kui
Editor's note: Thanks for sharing the update on Kui, and amazing tortoise!

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  • jessie - 2010-09-03
    Steve, I live on oahu hawaii kai area and was wondering what u feed kui. I just got a baby sulcata and was wondering what kind of local grasses I can feed him/her. Hit me up if u can jmmf808@hotmail.com
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