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Can a hamster and a tortoise/land turtle coexist peacefully?

In short, no. Tortoises and hamsters have different needs for their habitats. While some hamsters might live in the desert in the wild, any hamster you buy in the store will have been bred inside for ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

There is a good guide for bathing tortoises here. All you really need to clean a tortoise's shell is water and a gentle scrubbing device of some kind, like a toothbrush or washcloth. Scrubbing (...
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What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle?

Simple Answer Turtles are an aquatic, or semi-aquatic, species, while tortoises reside only on land. Image sources: 1, 2, 3. In-Depth Answer Summary Technically, tortoises are a kind of turtle. ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

We use a biosoap with a soft nail brush. Skatter absolutely loves having his shell scrubbed. We put a couple drops of soap in the sink, then dip the brush. Sure to always rinse him off after. It is ...
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How to deal with suspicions of neighbours abusing animals

If you think an animal is mistreated you have to alert the RSPCA and the police, they might not act at once but one needs to keep telling them about it and try to help the animals until they do. If ...
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Can I let my tortoise play outside while it's raining?

As long as the weather doesn't get too cold, and sunshine is not continously absent, then your tortoise should be okay outside. I remember from the last question your tortoise was a red foot tortoise, ...
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What spurs a tortoise to try to climb out of its enclosure?

I realize this is an old question, but answer may help someone else searching. It's the plexiglass. If she can see outside of her enclosure, her natural tendency is to roam. She will not give up. ...
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Tortoise with probable metabolic bone disease

The shell will always look deformed, but it can in time and with proper care look better. You need to increase the tortoises calcium intake. You should take the tortoise to a vet if you can, as they ...
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Can I own a Galapagos Giant Tortoise?

They are on the CITES appendix I list. This means that the trade is heavily regulated and export is prohibited. All in all, nope. Not going to happen, unless you are a zoo. You should also consider ...
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Is my pet tortoise's size normal for his age?

Reptiles in general don't grow the same way mammals do. Every single one of them will grow at different rates depending on how much they eat, what they eat and their environment. If he grows slowly it ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

I have extremely sensitive skin and so I find that using just a tiny bit of my gentle everyday use face wash works to rid him of his smell. I only do this about once every two months. I don't ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

My tortoise, Beef, loves being scrubbed with a toothbrush on the back of shell, only with dawn soap. We only use the original type (blue/original), but I use a damp cotton ball to wipe off dirt from ...
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Why does my tortoise make a peeping or whistling sound while breathing?

I have recently obtained a red footed tortoise that whistles with every breath. I am confident my enclosure and environment is suitable for the tortoise and the Tortoise received proper care before I ...
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Why does my tortoise make a peeping or whistling sound while breathing?

I have a big adult leopard tortoise in the garden. She only makes a sound when I call her. She then comes walking to me at the same time (hoping to be fed or petted). I am pretty sure the way you ...
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Do mosquitoes bite reptiles? Is there any danger of communicating pathogens?

Mosquitos sure do bite reptiles, but generally, they do prefer to go after mammals. Mosquitos will probably opt for you and leave your tortoise or reptile . Also, mosquitos can transfer disease to ...
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My tortoise doesn't want to eat

It may be illegal, yes - but it was a generous act. And yes, some do carry Salmonella and have respiratory problems. The tortoise should not eat lettuce, coleslaw, or anything along that line. ...
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Can I feed my Hermann's tortoise less often?

Adult male Hermann's tortoises tend to be smaller than females, so the size difference is not abnormal. As long as your more reclined eater is getting enough food and the other one not getting too ...
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Why is it important to clean a tortoise's shell?

In time lots of stuff can build up on a tortoise's shell. These can be anything from the environment including sand, debris, dust particles and so on. Some may even harbour unwanted organisms like ...
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Why is it important to clean a tortoise's shell?

This website should be of interest, especially: Both the carapace and the plastron of a tortoise or turtle is comprised of living tissue. It needs oxygen and exposure to sunlight to keep healthy. ...
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Turtle: How do you feed mealworms?

How often should they be fed? This always depends on each individual turtle (different metabolisms/environment), growing turtles should be fed daily, adults can eat a meal once every other day. It is ...
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When do Star tortoise lay eggs

http://startortoises.net/breeding.html This is a pretty good site for your tortoise needs, has all the info. :) "Incubation in captivity, the average is around 90-120 days depending on the ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

Natural sunlight is the best source for reptiles to obtain D3 however for indoor tortoises you can use artificial uv lighting. Mercury vapour bulbs are ideal as they pump out a ton of uvb and can be ...
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is it a bad idea to let my tortoise explore my room while supervised?

If he's out for a short period of time (a few hours max), you shouldn't worry about the temperature/humidity. As for the cats, I personally have never had one but it may be likely that it can't be ...
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Will tortoises get along with gerbils if out of their cages at the same time?

Gerbils are usually not aggressive and don't tend to bite without a reason like being stressed or attacked. I assume you have a terrestrial tortoise and these are typically herbivorous, thus not ...
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Do Hermann's tortoises enjoy mushrooms, are they healthy for them?

that mushrooms are not natural food for Hermann's tortoises As far as I'm aware they aren't - their diet naturally consists of leafy-greens (lettuce, clover etc) and some vegetables (cauliflower, ...
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How to deal with suspicions of neighbours abusing animals

If I were in your shoes, I'd visit her as a neighbour and say like ''Hey what cute dogs'' and ask her if they go out if not I'd ask to walk them myself. That's until the cops or the RSPCA comes to ...
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How to identify a turtle/tortoise experienced vet?

We've been in a similar situation when we had 2 Axolotls and now the same applies for our African giant snail. While we didn't find any specialist in our city, we found some in a larger nearby city. ...
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Wheezing/whistling symptoms in a tortoise

It would be difficult to diagnose over the Internet without hearing the sound in person. But yes, a tortoise making consistent whistling, wheezing or hissing sounds while breathing could suggest its ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

According to this website, Tortoises synthesise their own vitamin D3 from the UV component of sunlight. Vitamin D3 is essential for the effective metabolism of dietary calcium in reptiles. .....
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Can a hamster and a tortoise/land turtle coexist peacefully?

No way! I have a very bad childhood memory of when I left two small turtles with two hamsters in their cage. The next morning I woke up and saw the turtles on their back; when I flipped them over, I ...
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