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Candace Jean - 2010-12-19
I just got my buddy (turbo) he's the best russain tortise ever! My Boyfriend and him are becoming best buds and my boyfriend didn't want me to get one in the first place.. good thing I did. Turbo and Dan play hide and seek everyday. :) I love thoes guys!

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  • vikki - 2012-07-04
    Hi, I have a horsefiled tortoie and his heat bulbe has gone what can I use till I get one?   tomaz thanks
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Chipper - 2012-06-27
I found an african tortise (from what I can identify) in my yard (WPB,Fl) yesterday. It's a little bigger than a softball. So far, it seems to be eating. I am assuming it was a pet and somehow got loose. Is it ok to keep it outside? There's plenty of sunlight during the day but what about at night?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-27
    Depending on temps yes.  If it as a place to go like a insulated dog hpuse.
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Amy - 2010-01-19
I just bought a baby sulcata about 2 weeks ago and he recently passed this morning. The vet said it was a natural selection issue, he was born with liver problems. I noticed the pet store didnt know too much about him as well. Are there any good local breeders of sulcatas on oahu? I would like to get another maybe a bit older, and the pet stores only sell hatchlings.

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  • Will - 2010-07-04
    Hi Amy I know your post was back in Jan. But I recently came across it depending on your area they have reptile shows and honestly that is the only way I get my reptiles because they know the reptiles history, I also work at one in whiteplains NY I have made many mistakes buying reptiles at pet stores, which I will never do again one because they are over priced and two they don't know anything about them. Here's my email address alucard66665@aol.com any questions feel free to contact me. Will
  • Bernie Richardson - 2010-07-13
    I know this post is old. But, I am selling 2 of my 1 1/2 yr. old male sulcatas here on Oahu. If you still interested.
  • Rick - 2010-11-21
    So sorry for your loss. I have two baby sulcatas. Lilly and shell(i), and since I received them as new hatchlings on 9/1/2010 I guess their age would be about 3-4 months. So far I have been doing lots of research and trying to separate good from bad information. I also found out the local pet store staff, were semi clueless.
  • karen - 2012-06-13
    I have on ealso same thing sometimes normal and hard poops and other is a white runny poops but he is healty had him for 5 years so no worry
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Isabel Cerni - 2011-12-07
I have a baby Red-Footed turtle which is about 2 wks old. It is having a problem at the moment. When I checked on it two hours ago it was in some distress. It would raise its head high and then lower it all the way down as if it's going to die. It is not moving otherwise. Normally it would have been walking around. She had bananas this morning and it's possible she is constipated as someone else suggested on this site. What can I do to help her?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-07
    I don't know what could be the problem but if you think it is constipation give him some baby fruit or just fruit.
  • pete winders - 2012-01-13
    In the wild, the tortoise will eat a variety of food, and will grow to be the weight of a small dog. They can eat a lot. But I think variety is the key. Our tortoises liked dry dog food (soaked so it is soft) for protein and minerals, all sorts of fruit and vegetables. Lettuce does not have much nutrition but has fiber. Some large tortoises should get very little protein, and would do better with hay. find a reptile vet.
  • sheena - 2012-06-06
    Bananas should only be given once to twice a month that will cause them to not be able to go and when feeding them bananas keep the peel on! I would try the timothy hay or romaine lettuce. Iceberg isn't that great! Mine love the kale and cherry tomatoes!
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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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