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Sabrina - 2012-05-16
My turtles head gets stuck at the top of his shell when coming out. Is this ok, or should I be worried???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    Should be fine.
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judith - 2011-07-26
Hi, my Herman Tort has stopped eating. He came out of hibernation ok, although he did wake up the end of January. He has always been a fussy eater,but the last month he has eaten very little. He is showing signs of wanting to hibernate, He did slow down last year and I thought it was "summer rest" time.
When he's in the garden he is lively, and tries to do is escape artist out of his run.
I have been bathing him daily, and there is very little coming through him now, I would say he's running on empty.
I have even rearranged his tank, and put a different coloured bulb in.

Any offers of help would be appreciated.
judith smith

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-07
    I would agree, A vet visit is in order. Maybe switch up his diet or try feed while outside and lively.
  • Rick - 2012-05-07
    I am by no means an expert but I would get Tort to an exotic pet veterinarian right away and take the freshest poop you can. They will check his insides for possible issues that are really easy to clear up if you get them detected right away.

    I suggest this because my friends tortoise did the same thing and it had a parasite, once he was medicated he come right back to normal.

    I hope Tort gets his appetite back soon.


    Best regards...Rik
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MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
Can you breed a male greek spur-thighed tortoise with a female tunisian spur-thighed tortoise?

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Debby Swiechowicz - 2010-01-20
As the co-owner of Jungle Jewels Reptiles, we attend most reptile shows in the NE United States, and wild caught yellow-foots are now fairly common to see at shows as of 2009. We even rescued one,that had been left out back, that only had 3 legs. It was a very large old male and the leg injurywasobviously very old and well-healed, but it seems that he didn't mean too much to someone, he will no longer breed. He stayed with us for almost 2 years and then we finally adopted him out to someone who fell in love with him and didn't care if he banged his shell everytime he walked. You could tell that he was a w/c as well,but was extremely sweet. They do tend to start off a little shy, but if treatly and cared for properly, the yellowfoots are awesome. I suggest whether it is c/b or w/c, that you always bring a new reptile to the vets. At least for a check up and fecal. Tortoises Rule!!!

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  • Dorothy Stratton - 2012-04-05
    I just encountered 2 beautiful y/f tortoies male 5 inches has yellow spots on the legs and entire head and neck and female 4 inches yellow spots only on legs the head is shaped like a snake head. One was in front of my door step and the other was found 2 miles away. Should I take them ASAP to the vet. Are these the Y/F that grow to be larger than normal. Is the vet bill expensive? Help need feedback
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haileah - 2012-03-15
I just got a redfooted tortoise the other day and she's still just a baby. But I've noticed she sleeps a lot. Sometimes more than 12 hours. Why? Is it bad that she sleeps so much? Her tank isn't really big right now (I think it's a 20 gallon) but I do plan on getting her a bigger one soon. What all should I have in it? And whats the best kind of flooring she should have?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-16
    Cypress bark is a great substrate. Do you have the heat and humidity high enough. These are tropical tortoises. Some times a mister is needed to increase humidity. They really need 80-90 degrees with a basking area of around 95. If it is cooler it will slow them down.
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Barbara Holmes - 2011-11-13
My husbsand bought a Sulcata this past summer. We live in bakersfield california and the climate is usually good. Our Sulcata has developed a running nose this week. Is this normal? We have grown to love him and really enjoy watchiing him. He comes running whenever my husband goes out back. We keep him in a large shed with a heating lamp and he will only peak out to see how warm it is. We have two pot belly pigs that he loves to crawl over.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-14
    Usually a runny nose is an early sign of a respiratory problem. Has it been cold/damp in his normal environment at all? They definitely do not do well in cold wet environments. That is good that you have a heating lamp, but I would also make sure that where he sleeps is not damp at all and that the temperature does not get too cold. Just keep an eye on him and see if the runny nose seems to get worse.
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lynnette - 2010-12-24
I just got my russian tortoise and I love him sooo much! He's friendly and loves to exercise around the house (with close supervision of course!) He's so much fun. I named him boris and look forward to a very long happy relationship with him! These tortoises are wonderful pets and are so much fun to care for! Yes I've fallen in love with boris and recommend to anyone who is willing to provide a good home a russian tortoise! I'm so happy with boris! What a wonderful addition to my family! :)

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Sue Hawkinson - 2010-04-08
I have a problem. I ran into someone that has a African Spurred Tortoise that had been given to them 2 years ago. We are right near Tampa Florida and this winter has been a very cold one. I have had tortoises of all kinds and breed snakes and have over 250 snakes and Iguana's that have been trained and never lived in a cage. Can walk and drive and listen like a dog. Back to the Tortoise they call T T. It's large I'm saying without measuring about an easy 24" from front to back of shell I will get measurements tomorrow from front to back and side to side. Anyway it was VERY cold for Florida. It lives outside and has it's own burrow but, I brought a print out of what the tortoise needs and that is shouldn't be outside if under 60 deg at night and what it needs to eat. We have had frost and you never see your breath and for months you have been able to. I seen her when I first came to my daughters house and noticed it and went to talk to the people and they said I could come at any time and visit it and come into the yard. I've seen it twice and the first time the day I brought the paper there it came out of the burrow and I could hear it the sound it was making when breathing. I told the son of the owner and he said "no they hiss some times" this was no hiss. I bought a hing back with an upper respiratory infection and it came with medication and a needle to give it shots but after a couple of years of being him back and forth to the vet he died. Then I seen a thing on animal channel that explained the systems of a tortoise and how slow they are and how it takes months to get rid of it. That is if it isn't gone in pneumonia. Kicked myself. I also noticed on this African Spurred Tortoise that the bottom of it's mouth is over grown and couldn't even get to the pieces that I brought it of Melon and strawberries and grapes and turnip greens collard mustard and romaine. I've never seen a tortoise devour anything so fast. I kept telling her slow down chew.. It was killing me. The father came out I was leaving to go get a couple of more whole leaves for her to rip and he said "it doesn't need that, it needs to get use to what is in they yard". Now with the winter they way it was has killed all kinds of stuff. If they had bushes that I have for my Iguana's and all to eat and grasses and all they I'd think cool. How much weight would a healthy African Spurred Tortoise gain per year with eating right? And another thing. I offered to have a mobile vet come to check her out, because she cannot eat right with the bottom of her mouth beak or whatever it's called it over grown but on one side so she can't bite right. He also said." I had him at a vet and they said it's ok". I know it isn't and tomorrow I will have pictures. Please I need to know how much weight it should be gaining. They say it weighs 70 lbs. But if it's a female that should be it and if it's a male from what you said he should be getting bigger. please I know what is right and if it's sick it takes a Long time for them to really show it and then die. Oh when I fed it today I did put calcium on the food knowing that it doesn't have anything to eat. Also you said it should be kept in a dry spot. Where her burrow is, if it rains and it's going to rain and rain a lot and Florida having such a high water table, Her burrow could flood. I said I'd put a lean to over it. so that when it rains it runs off and not directly into her opening to her burrow and fill it. Please........ help me here... so that I can show these people that this isn't right. I don't want their turtle. I offered to pay for the vet to come to their house like I said. I wish I had the pictures to include... I love reptiles and people don't realize how smart they are. Even snakes that have no ears. my rattlesnakes don't bite me and if I handle a rat to much they will nip it but it doesn't die until it see me walk away... She thinks it's me or my hand. She'll just lung at the rat but no bite until I'm gone. So I no longer handle it before feeding them to her.

Thank you and please help me... or give me something to show him. Yeah if the grass is there and good and the weeds, but they should at least help it along with food. They don't have money I know that. But not right to let the African Spurred Tortoise die.

Thank you Sue Hawkinson......

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  • Jami - 2010-06-20
    Have you contacted your local animal control or pet rescue organization? I wouldn't want anyone to lose a pet, but maybe they can make these people understand that it is their responsibility to give this tortoise the proper care, housing and nutrition. If they can't, maybe they will relocate it with someone that will.
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Maxine lenett - 2011-10-10
I have an African spurred tortoise that is 5 to 6 yrs. Old. I live in the high desert in Calif. And it gets very cold here in fall and winter months. I don't want to keep him in an aquarium. I was told that he needs more freedom, room, and outside light. I love him so much but don't know that this year I can keep him warm and provided for like I want to. Any suggestions? Or does anyone have a better home to provide and would like to purchase him. Want ONLY
The best for him. Heartbroken. He loves his outside enclosure that works well but only for the summer months. Thank you!

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  • Diana - 2011-10-11
    I'm responding to your tortoise dilema, my name is Diana and live in Riverside CA.and I have a 5 year old female named squirt who lives freely all year in our backyard but seems lonely so if you want a good home for your tortoise we have one here let me know
  • George - 2011-10-18
    I have a 2 1/2 acres with 2 African Spurred Tortoises and would be happy to give your guy a good home. I will pay you $40. My place is in La Quinta, Ca. I love my tortoises, they are the best pets ever.
  • Yolanda - 2011-10-23
    I have 2, African tortoises and live in WA state. It gets very cold here but there are other alternatives besides giving them away. I keep my tortoises indoors and let them roam around. I have selected a room of their own and that's where they do their feedings. When the colder months come around I turn on the heater for them. They are a part of my family and treat them as such. I will say, I keep the door closed when I feed them because that's normally when it's time to use the bathroom. I then go in and clean after them and let them continue roaming around the house. There is no sunshine over here in the winter months, so the outside is out of the question. But every chance I can, I release them on my backyard so they can enjoy the little bit of sun we occasionally do have.
  • Gabriel Esparza - 2011-10-29
    I live in West Covina, Ca. Large backyard and have a 5 year old Spurred tortoise. If you are still looking for a good home. Please contact me. Gabe
  • vincent - 2011-11-10
    Maxine i would be interested please email me vincent
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-16
    I have a 75 lb male and 40 lb female and live in NY. I use depends diapers for them, and size 3 pamper diapers for my smaller ones. They all run throughout to house, as long as they have a diaper on. Believe me, it works
  • Winston Ramirez - 2012-03-08
    how much would you like for your sulcata tortoise? I have 4 hectares of grassland (fenced) btw I live in the Philippines
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Darren Cox - 2011-12-28
Hello, we picked our 2 five month old spur thighed tortoises up today and they are very active and very friendly!!! eating out of our hands etc and seem to love being held very pleased we got them from a very nice breeder and was able to see the mum and dad would never go to the pet shops to purchase them! really pleased!!

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