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A community for tortoise images, videos, advice, stories, questions and anything else that could be related to this awesome animal.

Tortoise Owners/Lovers/Enthusiasts


If you want a species identified, please show at least two photos: top and bottom of the shell. The more photos, the better.


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Is it too cold for 2yo Hermann to go outside for an hour. Currently 12° UK

4 Comments
2024/04/02
09:48 UTC

6

My turtle is 4 years old, do you think that is a normal weight?

5 Comments
2024/04/02
09:18 UTC

0

Help with baby russian tortoise

I have a baby russian tortoise, just under a year old and his behaviour has changed quite a lot and I'm really concerned. For one, he doesn't eat anything and this has been going on for a few days where he will barely even open his mouth. He rarely opens his eyes and if he does it's 1 of them in the bath. He seems to basically sleep all day whereas before he would walking around and climbing etc. He's just not active at all, doesn't react from his name being called or anything. I think it may be a vitamin A deficiency but to get him to eat anything is impossible so it's really difficult to get it in his diet. Is this normal or is there something going on? Should I go to the vet?

7 Comments
2024/04/02
08:31 UTC

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Enjoying his stroll to the beach

0 Comments
2024/04/02
04:41 UTC

1

Thinking of getting a tortoise.

Where do I begin? I know how old those goobers can live and their a full commitment but is there anything I’m missing?

5 Comments
2024/04/02
03:05 UTC

35

Who else finds a tortoise eating to be satisfying?

1 Comment
2024/04/02
01:51 UTC

1

What are your torts favorite green?

4 Comments
2024/04/01
21:47 UTC

5

What sex is this tortoise?

Hey my friend just recently got this tortoise and she doesn't know if it's a boy or girl for naming purposes. If anyone could please identify the sex it would be much appreciated thanks.

5 Comments
2024/04/01
21:03 UTC

0

Why isn’t my tortoise eating to much?

3 Comments
2024/04/01
20:14 UTC

15

Finally caught Roscoe P. Coltrane eating his cuttlebone.

Saw his cuttlebone getting smaller but never witnessed him eating it but today he was caught red headed , get it red handed but because he’s a cherryhead it’s red headed , haha? Ok lame joke.

2 Comments
2024/04/01
19:15 UTC

5

Do tortoises need as much sunlight as they do artificial sunlight/UV bulbs?

Hey guys, just wondering if tortoises need as much natural sunlight as they do artificial UVB light? I’ve read that sunlight is so much better for them, they actually need less time in it. I.e, I try to give my tortoise 8 hours of UVB light when inside, but would he need less hours if it was actual direct sunlight?

6 Comments
2024/04/01
16:07 UTC

1

Shell issues

0 Comments
2024/04/01
15:52 UTC

5

Where to place heat lamp

Hi everyone, I built my tort an enclosure in my balcony, since it gets natural sunlight without a glass between them. He spends most of the day on the soil area. The balcony gets natural sunlight aproximately 6 hours a day and his hiding spots, heat lamps and deep soil are on the side where there's always shade, on the back corner. I'd like to know if I should change the heat lamps' location, since he spends most of the day under them and the uvb tube in that shaded corner, instead of under natural sunlight.

(I have 2: The big lamp keeps the temperature in that spot at 32°c during the day and the small one at 20°c at night.)

Thank you!

1 Comment
2024/04/01
12:43 UTC

2

Beak filing procedure, what to expect?

I've had my Russian Tortoise for 16 years, he's around 18 years old total. His beak has elongated slowly over the past couple of years and this week he's had feeding issues, unable to really grasp chopped veggies well due to how far the beak has elongated.

I know reptile vets offer this service but I've seen different experiences. For example is sedation use common? What is the average price? Any aftercare to be aware of? I've got a couple of options when it comes to where to go and can compare services.

I know he's absolutely going to hate it but I do feel it's needed soon so he can go back to eating normally.

4 Comments
2024/04/01
03:29 UTC

1

Sesame leaves 🍃

I was wondering if tortoises can eat the leaves of sesame plants (like the leaf bundles you can find at a Korean market). When I tried to search online I could only find info on the seeds and nothing about the plant itself.

I have a red foot tortoise by the way

2 Comments
2024/04/01
02:11 UTC

7

Would night vision on camera bother a Russian tortoise?

We just got a Russian tortoise for our kids (it’s 13, not a baby)

We are actually leaving town and want to keep an eye on it with our Wyze camera.

Could the sensor for night vision disturb its sleep patterns? I just wasn’t sure how sensitive it could be.

4 Comments
2024/04/01
02:10 UTC

3

Almost Ready To Adopt

Ive done all of my research on this subreddit and I feel well-prepared. Minimum space, the size each type gets, their 50+ years of age, and so much more! But now, I'm having trouble deciding if I want a Herman's or a Russian tortoise! Any advice?


I have had all sorts of furry pets, but this will be my first reptile. I only work 3 days a week and I grow my own food. The tortoise will have a minimum of 6x6 or 6x8 space.

7 Comments
2024/04/01
00:20 UTC

1

Extra scute

My brother has a 2 year old horsefield tortoise with an extra scute to its shell, over lapping on of the others. This extra scute is under 1cm, but will it affect the tortoise as it grows?

6 Comments
2024/03/31
23:38 UTC

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Feeding The Rescues.

Have to seperate the boys, but everybody eats!

0 Comments
2024/03/31
22:39 UTC

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