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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 so long that, among other things, they've evolved to live at a normal room temperature (60-75 °F / 16-24 °C). Meanwhile tortoises simply ...


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I was afraid of damaging the shell (particularly in the growth regions) by scrubbing at it, so the tortoise's vet recommended using something like baby shampoo. Baby shampoo has had some unfavorable press in the last few years due to additives. However, most of these additives have been removed from the formulations, and it also uses mild surfactants ...


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Consolidated analysis of responses to a similar question on Tortoise Forum and Hermann Tortoise: Environment For a question such as this, you should supply your habitat. diet substrate measured temperature measured humidity Substrate Issues The tortoise could be allergic to your substrate changing to kitchen towels or newspapers can single out this issue....


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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. Turtles reside in the order of testudines, while tortoises reside in their order of testudinidae. To make it even more confusing, the word terrapin is often used ...


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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 (provided it's gentle) will not damage the shell and on the contrary can promote healthy shell growth. Fill a container with lukewarm water so that it covers the ...


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I always suggest keeping tortoise pens as open as possible. In general, tortoises require better airflow than other reptiles; At least in the sense that they do not do well in an aquarium-type enclosure. The walls of glass terrariums are too high and block off airflow, making it easy for the ammonia from their urine to build up, and heat to build up from the ...


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I find EcoEarth (shredded coconut husk) makes a nice substrate. It can be used wet or dry and even in high humidity environments, I've never had any problems with mold. It's not topsoil, but you might find it useful nonetheless. You could also try a mixture of topsoil and coconut husk. This could give you some of the moisture-balancing properties of coconut ...


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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 part of our tank cleaning process. Everything is clean and fresh when he goes back!


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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. This causes stress. Try using brick on the next enclosure. You'll both be happier! Good luck.


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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, which naturally lives in rainforests. The high humidity level caused by the rain shouldn't be a problem for a rainforest tortoise. On the other hand, in ...


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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 can inject it with enough calcium, and point out other problems too. Here are some ways you can administer calcium: Feed the tortoise a variety of calcium rich ...


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It's actually quite common with different species of tortoises to pick at, and even eat, pieces of white gravel. I don't think anyone has come up with a solid reason why, although I haven't really studied it too much to be honest. I can tell you the different reasons I've come across. It could be an indication that they are lacking in something in their ...


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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 they find that the animals are not mistreated there is not a lot one can do, except keeping an eye on it and alerting the RSPCA and police again until they do ...


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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. First, put him in a shallow container of lukewarm water to make sure he is clean and expels the waste. Tortoises urinate and defecate in water, so you will need to ...


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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 the age these tortoises grow to. They can reach 200 years. This means that they will very likely outlive you, should you get your hands on them. With that, you ...


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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 bought him. I am not a professional but in my opinion this kind of whistling may be normal. Even though I am not an expert I am just chiming in because I ...


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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 explain it as well, it is communication. It would be nice to hear from somebody if wild tortoises also make sounds to each other.


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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 tortoises, in fact, this has gotten researchers worried about the risks mosquitos have on rare tortoises. Galapagos Islands researchers are increasingly ...


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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 recommend using it on your tortoises neck or head. Just a tiny drop on each limb seems to do the trick.


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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 of dirt from the bottom and a q.tip for legs hope this helped!!


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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. The build-up of soils, waxes, oils, or other preparations, is actually harmful to a tortoise's shell. The keratin and bony layers contain millions of ...


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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 doesn't necessarily mean he's unhealthy, you will often see sibling tortoises be completely different in size (one can be double the size of the other) . ...


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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 solve the problem. I don't think the tortoise is abused though considering what you say.


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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 much, this shouldn't be a problem. Your male doesn't sound deprived of food, so perhaps the problem would be not giving Tiffany too much food. One thing to look ...


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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 important to monitor their weight, if you notice a decrease in weight with your current schedule than increase the amount given or frequency of feedings. If ...


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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 incubation temperature." Can take around 60-90 days for her to lay after mating.


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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 used as basking lights (lots of heat). Taking your tortoise outside for 30mins a day is very beneficial (though the more the better), I would do this on top of ...


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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, broccoli, carrots etc) and small amounts of fruit (apples, strawberries etc). Any diet in captivity I would expect to match their "natural" diet for the most part. ...


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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 changed/discouraged and is too dangerous to try.


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