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Sam Overton - 2009-04-14
We purchased a "Greek" tortoise recently (first tortoise) and we had no idea they were so verbal. This little guy is constantly "talking". We have taken it to a vet and really didn't get much comment on the talking. Does anyone have experiece with a really talkative tortoise??

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Leslie Jo Andress - 2009-04-12
My leopard is 9 years old, 5 pounds, male. Is he underweight? How can I tell if he he pardalis or babcoki? I have had him for 5 years. Thanks, Leslie

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  • Doug Wolkow - 2010-04-29
    He is Babcoki! If he was Pardalis he would be three times at least the size he is now. Your tortoise is average size for his age now. Males are smaller than females in the wild and in captivity. Tortoises are not like fish either. They will out grow an enclosure. If you think your tortoise is not growing because of the size of the enclosure..don't be fooled. As long as that animal is eating and sleeping...It is growing. Make sure the inside enclosure is at least 20 times the size of your animal with plenty of heating up space and cooling off space. Provide a hiding spot. All animals require a hiding spot to regulate from stress and illness.
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Oscar Subirana - 2009-04-10
I have two beautiful ones: Petino and Putona. I don't know how old either of them are, but they are the most beautiful pets. They have different personalities. Petino is friendly and curious, he walks all over the place; he's been found in the kitchen and even inside a bedroom once. He eats off our hands. I hit a spoon against his porcelan food plate and he shows up after the salad he's gonna be fed. Petina likes to keep to herself. She doesn't get too close to the house. She rarely eats what we try to give her... Well, that's just the way she is. I love these animals.

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Mary - 2009-04-02
I just became a proud owner of sulcata turtle three days ago. There is a big chance that it is a girl. I can't be sure for another year. I have named her Miss Warning... Miss Tornado Warning. Why the strange name? Well, she is gentle but when she gets happy she leave a trail of mass distruction. Oh this sulcata loves to bask in glory with the sun. You see she was rescued and has been in two homes. Well I'm tearfully happy to say she will never have to move again.

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Lisa M - 2009-03-11
Maryjane, give your tortoise more time to adjust. It really takes a couple of months for a tortoise to settle in and become really comfortable in its new environment.

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frankie - 2009-03-09
Got my yellowfoot, Sage, last April. Since then she has quadrupled in size. Love her to death! She is still a little shy at first, but warms up to you pretty quick. I bought her online, and she has been doing great. She is definitely a gorgeous tortoise.

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Maryjane Butler - 2009-03-04
My boyfriend bought me a Sulcata Tortoise this year for Valentine's Day. I named him Chester "Buggy" Puccio. I love him so much. But he has this little problem of peeing when I pick him up. I dont know if it is because he has figured out that if he does that I'll put him down, or if he's marking his territory or something. Can anyone tell me why?

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Megan - 2009-03-02
My wonderful boyfriend got me two African Spurred tortoises for my birthday and I love them! One is named Gus Henry and the other Oscar Donnatello they are very lively for being one of the slowest animals on the planet. They are awesome because when I turn on music they will actually bob their heads to the beat!

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steve & Kui - 2009-02-04
Aloha Well do you Remember Kui the African Spurred Tortoise in Hawaii. Well Kui makes the papers again. Kui & I was on our daily walk when a man asked to take pictures of kui which almost everyone does. Well that man was from the Midweek newspaper in Oahu.You can see Kuis picture all you do is type in your search bar Midweek in Hawaii and look in the section marked windward side. Aloha
from Kui & Steve

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Doug Wolkow - 2009-01-16
The care of a Reptile whether it be a Tortoise, Snake, Iguana, etc. requires different care than Wild animals which are Free to Roam and Pets which are enclosed as Captive hatchlings unfamiliar with the Wild or the environment of the Wild.

So yes. It is required to use special treatment for PETS and Not Wild animals. God takes care of the animals in the Wild. As ambassadors of a particular species we are to take care of PETS.

So in reply...Yes. Absolutely you should rub any skin conditioners or shell conditioners on a Leopard Tortoise which is Captive. This procedure is similar to spraying down an elephant at the Zoo. One of the Zoo Keeper's favorite jobs I might add. The Elephants ENJOY it also.

Good Question though. But Yes certainly you do different things to Captive animals than Wild animals. I hope that answered your question.

Stay Well,
God Bless,
Doug Wolkow.

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