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Noel Pierce - 2012-02-15
Is it normal for a (male) greek tortoise to walking along the side of his tank thumping on the side with his shell everyday? Normally I can feed him and he'll go back to sleep but I'm worried that he might be lonely is why he's doing it. He's been doing this since I got him. I've had him for a good five or so years now and that's about how old he is too. So is this normal? If not what can I do? I don't want him to be upset or anything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    I honestly don't know if it is normal or not but if he has been doing it for 5 years - sure wouldn't worry about it. Another way to look at it is, he thumps on the side of the tank and you feed him. Maybe he has you trained.
  • MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
    My tortoise did that so, I put a piece of ply board inside the front of the tank so he couldn't see out and he never did it anymore. But I put it down to that he wanted to go out into the garden.
  • Cindy Moreen - 2012-05-28
    Best not to use an aquarium, rather construct a large wood box lined with paper and cypress mulch. As stated above, your turtle can see out and wants out. Construct a nice outdoor garden for him/her too!
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    They do not understand glass. They can hurt their faces by doing this. Something you can do is cut a 1 or 2 inch strip of cardboard and tape it around the edges of the tank so he can see there is a barrier there.
Kayley - 2012-05-01
I just bought my Greek Tortoise, when I placed him in his cage he went to his hide and dove into his shell how can i get him out?

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  • molster - 2013-01-05
    Oh this is probably just because of his moving around and it is totally normal.
Shirley - 2012-11-30
Hi, I have a greek tortoise pet for about a year and a half now. He lives in a plastic bin with bedding. We bought UVB light and have a little bowl of water. We feed it dandelion and carrot slices. For about a week now, his eyes seem to be swollen and have a coating on it. He also looks very tired all the time. I am really worried and don't know what to do. If anyone knows what the issue is, I would really appreciate it if you could email me. Thanks, Shirley -

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    Could be any number of things.  Conjunctivitis, a vitamin deficeincy, water ---   I can't know what it is but you might want to check out this article and take your guy to the vet.
  • moster - 2013-01-05
    Carrots are for occasional use you should use lettuce instead this will provide a healthier diet. His diet should be high in fibre and calcium, low in protein. Also do you bath him weekly and is his water bowl big enough for him to swim in. You should buy some eye drops for him, to apply them just drop it above each eye when he is eating and it will run into his eye and clear everything up. Other food ideas are: romain lettuce, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, cabbage, squash, bananas, red and green leaf lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, most berries and melon, timothy hay, alpha grass, bermuda grass, dandelions, most weeds, cactus pads, and most importantly NO ICEBURG LETTUCE. I hope my comment comes in use. Best wishes
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Shirley - 2012-12-09
I have a Salcata Tortoise that weighs 39 lbs. She ate about 6 landscaping stones about 3 weeks ago (they were about 1' or so in size). She wasn't eating as much as usual so I took her to the vets to have an xray done ( it was very expensive). The stones showed up in the xray. I now have her on a prescription daily for 30 days to move food through her plus I am giving her fiber on the fruit I feed her. So far no stones. She eats something everyday but not much is coming out compared to what she has done in the past. From what I understand, the stones aren't in her stomach but in an area that is like a storage in her. I am concerned about her passing them. Did you ever have anyone with this problem? I wondered if you would have any other suggestions for me. Thank You

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ANN - 2011-04-10
How do I know if my red foot is male or female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Animal World does describe how to tell the difference between a male and female in the article on the red footed tortoise. It would be a lot easier if you had one of each and then you could put them side by side. However, without that, then hopefully you will be able to tell from the description in the article. I like photos but......easier to tell. I look up U tube and see if they have some photos with male and female side by side. You are supposed to be able to tell.
  • Susan B - 2012-05-08
    Females have a flat plastron and males have a concave one. Have to wait until they are old enough for it to show. Approx 1 year.
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-07
    Check the tail -  if the tail is small but triangular it is a female if its a male the tail will seem ropelike
Kenny - 2011-12-30
I have a redfoot my daughter ordered it's a baby redfoot the first month he was doing great the last few days he has basically not eating and today his legs are not moving very well along with he acts like he is choking when he opens his mouth he is bubbling saliva. I have kept his diet protein, veggies and fruits plenty of water and correct temps. I lost my daughter nov 7. This turtle is very important to our family can anyone please give some advice thankyou

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-01
    Don't feed it alot of protein! See a vet!
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    The best advice I can provide you, is to visit the best veterinarian you can find. Provide them with a list of foods the turtle consumes, the temperature its enclosure remains, and the size of the enclosure. Best of luck!
  • Trish - 2012-07-02
    Get him to a vet immediately! He has a respiratory infection! Mine was blowing a couple of bubbles out of his nose when he was about 4 months old, they had to give him a series of 10 shots. They told me it takes them a long time to get sick, so it takes a long time to heal, but do not take this lightly, otherwise he will unfortunately die. The are highly susceptible to respiratory infections. But please don't wait! It is urgent for you to get him medical attention, they should also test him for any parasites since you ordered him online. Typically mass raised tortoises, can carry parasites. Best of luck to you and God Bless your family in their loss!
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-07
    First she shouldn't eat banana. It is possible that there is a piece of banana stuck in her throat.
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Edward G - 2012-10-30
My Sulcata Tortoises poop the last two days has been a rust color. Does anyone know what this could mean. Is there blood in it? The reddish color is even throughout the poop. Can anyone help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-30
    Think about what your little guy gas eaten - that is the easy part.  Also, you might want totake a swab of poop and get it checked for parasites at the vets.
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Jeanne - 2012-07-29
We have had our Leopard Tortoise for 13 years now and have not changed how we have cared for him because it works. He lives out side in the summer and has his own house and eats mixed greens fruits & veggies. He gets alot of sun and shade. Yesterday he had a normal stool and then after that he had a very bloody discarge. Never has this happened before, after that he seems fine and eat again and was running around. What could this be and what should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Sure can't know for sure but possibly a prolapse or hemroids. Look at the vent area and if there is a sorta lump or string looking thing hanging out, then take a q-tip and just gently push it back in.  You can use a betadive solution on the q tip for cleansing.  If this solves the problem - then great but otherwise you would need to take her to a vet. 
Sabrina - 2010-03-21
I just put my 10 year old leopard tortoise on sand and loam. She is getting all this sand in her food. How can I prevent this and is this the wrong kind of substrate. IF it is ok what percentage loam and what percentage sand should i use.

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  • Doug Wolkow - 2010-04-29
    You should never, never use sand or any substance for a tortoises bedding. Sand and small pieces of any foreign objects get bound in the tortoises digestive tract. This leads to a lot of unhealthy blockages for the specimen. I suggest using a pretreated wood mulch, Timothy Hay, or a solid dirt ground with a grass or straw bedding area. Do not ever use sand! You should also be putting calcium and vitamin powder on all your tortoises feedings.
  • Leslie Andress - 2011-05-05
    I have always used rabbit pellets for the substrate for my leopard tort. He has never had a problem with it and if it gets on his food, he can eat it.
  • Gary Liska - 2012-01-30
    Anything that can impact is something you should avoid, despite sand abundant in the wild - there are safe alteratives such as topsoil and dry rabbit beddings such as dry alfalfa and or hay. My tortoise came to me at only 65grams and now, 2 years later comes in at 5lbs. Digestion is a key focus for your tortoise - change your substrate to avoid impaction potential.

nick - 2012-03-25
hiya i have just buy a leopard tortise and the shell look matt. does that suppose to be like that.
thanks ..


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