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Sarah - 2010-03-03
We have had our Red-footed tortoise, Stellaluna, for almost a year. We love her so much! She eats daily and wonders around our house regularly. She seems like she has only grown a tiny bit over the last year. Does anyone know how fast she should be growing?

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  • Ilene - 2010-03-29
    I have a 3 year old red-footed tortoise. I also volunteer at a sea turtle rehab hospital in Florida. The vet at our hospital told me to expect about 1 - 1 1/2 inch growth per year.
  • Connie - 2010-05-01
    Sarah,
    I have a red foot and she goes through several growth spurts a year. I can tell because when she grows because the black around her scutes gets very shiny. Turtles and tortoises grow according to how well they are fed(nutritionally). Give enough humidity, good food and safe environment and she'll do fie. Remember, no ICEBERG lettuce. There is no nutritional value in it and once your turtle or tortoise likes it it is difficult to break them of it. Mine likes collard greens, kale and romaine tips (dark green veggies, yum!) Good Luck.
  • turtlebum - 2010-06-15
    Red foots when acquired as babies or 3 mos plus generally grow 2 inches a year. This however, is based on proper husbandry and diet.
  • Stephanie, from CA - 2010-08-24
    I bought mine as a hatchling and in two years she has more than quadrupled her size-= she is now 10" . It's important they get a varied diet including protein sources that mimic what they get in the wild. Mine loves hibiscus flowers, tomatoes, especially home grown, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, cantaloupe, mixed baby field greens and for proteins semi- cooked soft boiled eggs, raw chicken, mill worms, earth worms and rarely a high quality low fat cat food that does not have fillers, like corn etc (kept as a back up if I have been working alot and can't get to the store for meat). In the winter I buy whole frozen strawberries and frozen tropical fruits.
    Hope that helps and oh- I always keep cuttle bones in her cage- she loves them and they keep her bones strong!
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Rj - 2010-08-11
Hi I have two russian tortoises one boy one girl the girls name is millie and the boys is turbo amazingly millie might be a lot older than turbo so I was wondering if they could still mate oh and for everyone that's thinking about getting one they are definitely right for you.

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olivia - 2010-04-26
I have a red footed tortoises her name is ori and I have a russian tortoise named mill they are like best friends and ori follows mill everywhere even when they are taking a bath it's so sweet, they are the most adorable and cutest creatures on the planet earth they are very outgoing and love to explore and they always got each others back!
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Thamk-you

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  • andrew sousa - 2010-07-31
    Are you getting rid of them if you are are you given them away for free?
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Nikki - 2009-05-10
A year and a half ago I found a Sulcata tortoise at our local parkc so I kept it! Do you think this is ok?

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  • Sue - 2010-05-20
    Are you sure it is a Sulcata and not some other type of tortoise? If it is a Sulcata it isn't native to the US so I think its probably okay, and better off.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-16
    yes
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bob - 2009-07-13
I have mated pair of red-footed tortoises. This year was the first year that I noticed that the female trys to mount the male. Any ideas of why this is happening?

Bob in Kansas City

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  • turtlebum - 2010-06-15
    Your female is bored with the male. If you really want them to breed, remove the male and re-introduce around breeding time. Good breeding groups usually consist of 5 individuals where there is competition amongst males, increasing repro responses. Also, if they are crowded for space or their surroundings, temp, humidity have changed or they do not feel secure with ample hides their behavior can change until needs are met.
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N. hawks - 2007-10-29
Hi, i have a russian tortoise named Tuttle, and she is the best thing ever! she's always crawling around in her cage and running around on my desk when I'm doing homework. I purchased her this summer at a local pet shop and ever since we've been best buds.
Everyone in my family likes her even my mom, and she has hated every pet I've ever had besides my dog. I highly recommend russian tortoises to anyone who needs a companion pet.

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  • marli - 2010-05-28
    Do they eat a lot?
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Brian - 2010-05-26
We have a tortoise we acquired from a pet store in 1995. The sold him as an Egyptian Tortoise but after looking on the web I can surely say he is a Greek Tortoise. I'm not sure if the two are in the same category but they don't look alike although to an untrained eye they could. We had our tortoise living in a large enclosure outdoors with several other tortoises which were western box tortoises.
He doesn't really like other tortoises but the enclosure was large enough for them to run away when he would go after them and thump his self against them. After moving he had a place of his own outside on nice days and spent nights and winter indoors, Long story short he hates to be enclosed in anything and will continually try to get out. So now we let him roam a large bedroom and laundry room. He knows his way around and will sleep in the one or two places at night. We often joke about him being a VW and parking for the night cause he always goes to the same spot. The thing is he seeks out cold places. He will tolerate being put in his cage in the AM with a reptile light and will bask awhile but than he wants out. I also put him in a small tub of water a couple times a week with an inch of water in it and he will bask under the light the 15 min I let him. I used to feed him in it also and he'd bask eat and do his potty duties before he starts trying to get out. But now he no longer wants to eat in there so I put newspaper on the floor and he eats very well than I put him back in his cage and he does his potty thing than he wants out. I have tried keeping him in after he potties by removing the mess and still he wants out. I have put the light at certain heights thinking maybe he's too hot but nope he still wants out. Even where the ligh doesn't hit he still want's out, he enjoys being held and talked to and even a few times we think he's responded to his name. One time he got out the back door and we couldn't find him put in the yard so someone called his name and he came tromping across the yard to the patio where we were sitting. he's been under the bed and we have called him and he's come out. We have other animals in the house which we are always calling and he never responds when we talk to the other animals. He's never tried to bite even when I tube feed him. He goes to sleep for several days in the winter and I check on him often and he will come out of where ever he has parked and I warm him up and get do the water thing offer him food but he wont eat much. Hid hibernation times are normally 7-10 days than he comes out on his own. Than he wants to go to sleep again. He acts like a western box tortoise. So when spring comes he will get more active but doesn't eat right away so I tube feed him a few days to stimulate his appetite and give him a boost start. He does well after that. He will bask in any sunny spot coming thru the window. He seems content living like this. I worry about vitamin deficiency as this spring he seems weak in the legs all the sudden. He is on a diet of leafy lettuces. Such as red lettuce, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce. he will eat tomatoes every now and than, cauliflower and broccoli, peas, carrots and I give him a little corn cause he seems to enjoy it but I noticed it doesn't digest well so I don't give much to him. He will eat dandelions once in a while and some flowers. He has only been sick once since I have had him, He started getting an URI and because i heard him breathing different kind of wheezing, I got him right in to the vets and he had antibiotic injections for a few days and it cleared right up. he had a fecal done at one time and had giardia but he wasn't showing problems he had normal stools and weight was good so the vet didn't want to treat it unless there were problems down the road. Im taking him in tomorrow to be checked and even have blood work done on him to make sure all is OK. I am worried about his weak leg problem all the sudden and wonder if anyone knows about this?

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olivia - 2010-04-26
I have a russian tortoise named mill she is a sweety pie and even gives kisses and she eats everything you give her, they are very sweet and outgoing.
Please comment.
Thank-you!

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  • Sarah - 2010-05-25
    Does your russian tortoise have any health problems, because I'm thinking about getting a tortoise but I'm not sure which type to get.
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Stuart Hall - 2010-05-07
When my mother went into a residential home I acquired her two tortoises which have now been in the family for 47 and 57 years! Early photographs confirm no change in their appearance during this time! One was a foundling (from the days when tortoises frequently escaped and wandered from garden to garden) and the other cost 7/6 (0.38) from a pet shop - very good value. Wonderful and characterful friends.

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Stacey Carter - 2010-04-15
What is the Golden Greek tortoise predator?

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