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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. 
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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.







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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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Barb - 2011-08-01
I have a leopard tort baby and he lives in a 4x4 doorless closet. He is very healthy, eats and poops fine. My question is, when I take him outside, he is very active. Inside he eats and hides, doesn't walk around much. The substrate is a mix of Timothy and alfalfa hay. Any suggestions?
Thanks
Bard

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    There just more room to run around outside???? Like the outdoors - makes sense but could there be enough light for him in a closet. Is there a pen you can set up for him?
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Tony - 2010-04-13
Hi,

I have a leopard turtle but do not know if it's male or female. It's about 10" long. How can I find out?

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  • Doug Wolkow - 2010-04-29
    Check the base of the tail. The females have a larger V around the tail. The females also are larger and have a more domed shell. The larger area "V" is for the passing of eggs in a mature specimen. A male will also start to form a concaveness on the bottom of their shell. This serves to mount the female in mating so the shells fit and don't slide off each other.
  • a - 2010-07-28
    Would you want to sell her?
  • Walter - 2011-02-22
    Go to YouTube and in the search box type:Tracking and Sexing a Leopard Tortoise
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Diane Sarvela - 2012-09-30
I am wondering what watt heat lamp I need for my tortoise. He has spent the whole summer outside during the day so I never needed one. Now it is getting cold out and he will not ba able to roam outside. How many hours a day do I need the light on? How far away do I keep the light for him? Thanks Diane

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    The wattage of the heat lamp for your Sulcata Tortouse will relate to the size of the terrarium you put him in, but also the temperature of the area you keep the tank in. Generally a larger tank needs a higher wattage than a smaller one, but it may take some experimenting for your particular environment. The environment info above discusses the setup and heating temperatures needed for the warm side of the terrarium. You can use a thermometer, like a glass mounted one sold for fish aquariums, to monitor the temperature on each end of the environment.
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Melissa Ahearn-Agroti - 2012-09-30
Hi! I am the new proud owner of a Greek tortiose!! He( who is actually a she, but my son was adament we call her Mr. Tuck) has been with us for two weeks. I have a question about an enclosure for her. We live in Cyprus, so are climate is warm for all except 3-4 months of the year where is becomes mild hi 50-60 during the day and 30-40 at night.We live in an apartment and would like Mr. Tuck to be mostly outdoors. I have a back veranda that is about 7 feet by 4 feet and gets sun almost all day. Its tiled. how can I improve it and would I still have to bring him in in the winter??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    How awesome to have a Greek Tortoise, they are truly wonderful creatures. The environment info above discusses the space and temperature needs, so you can adapt it to your particular situation. However, your 3-4 months are too cold. You will need to adjusted for the outdoor environment to provide more heat, or move him inside.
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Benoit - 2012-08-16
Hi! I live in Brazil and I just got a young Red Footed tortoise who 'invaded' my yard. It's about 3' long. My daughter loved it and we decided to keep it. I'd like to know if we can wash its shell (it is sooooo dirty) and if exist some oil (with vitamin) we could use to let her shiny! I took care of Lizards (Physignatus) Snakes (Boas - constrictor and a couple of Python - Regius) in the past, but I never had to deal with tortoise like this Carbonaria :) I remember that I used to give some D3 vitamin complement to my lizards, it was a kind of oil....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-16
    You can wash your litle guy very gently with a soft toothbrush and luke warm water.  Wash him in a container (just for him) that is cleaned out using only water.   Do not bathe him in the tub or the kitchen sink but a container used just for him and cleaned throughly with just water.  I could find nothing regarding a recommendation to put anything on his shell.  He might be molting or just cleaning a few times might restore appearance but these guys are shiny.  So just soft toothbrush in clean container and luke warm water filled about 1 - 2 inches in container.
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