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How long does it take a Russian tortoise to get used to a new home?

Help keep your tortoise healthy Let your pet adjust to its new home for three or four days before you handle them.

How old should a tortoise be when you buy it?

Most reputable breeders will not sell a tortoise until it is at least 2 or three months old. This gives them time ensure they are in a good routine of eating and drinking enough to continue to grow healthily.

What months do tortoises mate?

Courtship occurs during spring and summer. Male and female tortoises can be aggressive, but the female usually gives in eventually. The male circles the female, often nodding his head and biting at her legs and the edges of her carapace.

Can you put Russian tortoises together?

Russian Tortoises cannot be housed with other species, as they will be aggressive towards them. They are also aggressive to their own species, and more than one male should never be kept in the same terrarium. If you are going to keep more than one Russian Tortoise, make sure that there is only one male per enclosure.

Do female Russian tortoises lay eggs without mating?

Can tortoises and turtles lay eggs without mating? Yes, they can. In fact, just like a chicken or a duck does – if a female tortoise doesn’t find a mate and get fertilized, her eggs will appear anyway. However, a tortoise will only lay once in a year, so don’t expect to see a steady supply of tortoise eggs appearing.

What is the best bedding for a Russian tortoise?

As obligate burrowers, Russian tortoises should be provided with a fairly deep layer of appropriate bedding. Reptile (orchid) bark, shredded aspen, clean soil, and cypress mulch are all acceptable choices. The substrate used should be easy to clean, and suitable for digging.

Are there any captive bred Russian tortoises for sale?

In contrast to the number of imported tortoises, captive bred Russian tortoise availability is relatively low. However, here at tortoise town, we produce around 150 baby Russian tortoise for sale each season. Therefore, you should assume that most adult or subadult Russian tortoises for sale are wild-caught (imported).

How to raise a healthy baby Russian tortoise?

Having the proper habitat, substrate, lighting, heating, and hides is the key to success. Providing your baby tortoise with UVB lighting is key to raising a healthy Russian tortoise hatchling for sale. UVB should be provided via a t5 HO tube style lamp.

Where can I buy a baby tortoise for sale?

Remember when searching for any tortoises for sale, including a new baby tortoise for sale, tortoise town is your source for the best tortoise for sale, baby turtles for sale, and adult turtles for sale of any turtle store anywhere. Do you prefer a certain sex? Be sure to have plenty of Tortoise Chow for your new Tortoise!

How long does it take to ship a Russian tortoise?

Our Russian Tortoises for sale are top notch and ready to ship to you via UPS or FedEx Overnight in heated, or cooled insulated shipping containers and come with our live arrival and full 7-day health guarantee. One shipping charge covers up to 3 tortoises.

How much does a baby Russian tortoise cost?

$ 214.00 – $ 299.00 Sale! Here at CB, we’ve got some beautiful captive bred baby Russian tortoises for sale. A baby Russian tortoise for sale is probably the most common small tortoise for sale in the world. Remember, Russian tortoises for sale online are usually WILD CAUGHT adults and NOT Recommended for purchase.

Where can I buy a captive bred tortoise?

The Tortoise Town is a family owned and operated turtle and tortoise farm that is proud to sell ONLY healthy captive bred tortoises, box turtles, and aquatic turtles, chameleons, geckos, and iguanas for sale.

Can a Russian tortoise be kept as a pet?

They generally do extremely well in captivity, have very long lifespans, and are undemanding pets. They can be kept outdoors year round as long as temperatures don’t dip much below 25F and insulated hide spots are provided. When you buy a tortoise from us, you automatically receive our 100% live arrival guarantee.

How big does a plastron Russian tortoise get?

The plastron is mostly black, and the skin color, including the entire head, is usually tan, dark gray or brown. Adult male Russian tortoises usually attain 5 to 6 inches in length, with females reaching 6 to 9 inches. Within our breeding colonies, most males are right around 5½ inches and most females range from 6 to 7 inches.

Why is my Russian tortoise not moving?

If your tortoise’s body temperature drops too low, it will likely try to conserve energy and so will become inactive. Tortoise inactivity (i.e., not moving about much) might also just be the case that your tortoise is getting ready to hibernate.

Why is my new Russian tortoise not eating?

Stomatitis: Another reason linked with hibernation as to why tortoises fail to eat is a mouth infection, known as stomatitis. Temperature: One of the most common reasons for pet tortoises losing their appetite is that their surroundings are too cold.

Should I Feed My Russian tortoise everyday?

Things to remember when feeding your Russian tortoise: Fresh, clean, chlorinefree water should be available at all times. Feed tortoises daily; finely chop vegetables. Sprinkle food with calcium supplement daily and a multi-vitamin supplement once or twice a week.

What is the best bedding for Russian tortoise?

How long can Russian tortoises go without food?

In general, a healthy adult tortoise can live for as much as 6 months to 3 years without food, provided that they have access to drinking water and their other needs are met.

How long can a Russian tortoise go without eating?

What do I do if my Russian tortoise won’t eat?

Once they wake up, simply put them in lukewarm water to warm them up and you can put them back into their habitat once they’ve hydrated and flushed out their systems. Their appetite should come back in a day or two. If they still aren’t eating in a week, it’s best to visit the vet.

How often should a Russian tortoise be fed?

How much and how often should I feed my tortoise? As a general rule, you should offer an amount of food equivalent to the size of your tortoise’s shell. They should be fed once a day, 5 days a week. The 2 starve days can be implemented at any time, in any order.

What should Russian Tortoises not eat?

Russian Tortoises should not be fed meat or insects, since they are herbivores. Instead, you can use calcium powder to supplement their food twice a week….So in captivity they should be fed a diet mainly consisting of greens:

  • Collards (type of cabbage)
  • Dandelion greens.
  • Kale.
  • Mustard greens.
  • Turnip greens.

How do Russian Tortoises show affection?

Tortoises may touch their nose to your hand or arm to show affection. This is a common behavior in the wild and is a social behavior. A tortoise or turtle roaming the house or garden may show affection by following you around. They might bump against you for some pats or simply stay a few paces behind you.

What should Russian tortoises not eat?

How do I know if my Russian tortoise is hibernating?

The one best way to say that if your tortoise is not truly hibernating is only seen if it is active or not in the hibernation box or you can also find it has urinated, then immediately remove and hydrate him and then move to box to a cooler and in a perfect protected spot.

What temperature is too cold for a Russian tortoise?

It is important to have cool and warm areas throughout the enclosure so a tortoise can regulate its body temperature. The background temperature during the day should be 85-88°F with a night time drop to around 75-80°F. If a tortoise is ill, the temperature should never drop below 82-85°F at night.

What is the best food for a Russian tortoise?

Collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens, watercress, escarole, swiss chard, parsley, kale, spinach, endive, spring mix, and romaine are all good choices.

Feed tortoises daily; finely chop vegetables. Sprinkle food with calcium supplement daily and a multi-vitamin supplement once or twice a week.

How can I tell if my tortoise is dying?

Be on the lookout for common symptoms associated with illness in a tortoise, including runny nose, labored breathing, sunken eyes or swollen eyelids, loose stools, loss of appetite, listlessness, swollen body tissues, prominent bones (in head or limbs), soft shell, noticeable weight loss or gain in a short period of …

How often should I soak my Russian tortoise?

They can be soaked outside the enclosure in shallow water once or twice a week for 15 to 30 minutes to get them fully hydrated.

What should I do if my Russian tortoise wont shrink?

For minor treatment at home, you’ll need to soak the tortoise in a saline solution or lukewarm sugar water. Do not push the tissues back in place, but if they don’t shrink, you’ll need to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Why is my Russian tortoise missing its cuttlebone?

This is typically caused by an antibiotic. Calcium is very important, and if your Russian tortoise doesn’t absorb enough, a deficiency can cause growth problems in the shell and bones. You may notice an abnormal appearance in the shell and legs. By leaving a cuttlebone in the enclosure, you can reduce the risk of MBD.

When to seek veterinary help for a Russian tortoise?

If the wound starts to swell, you’ll want to seek veterinary assistance. Toenails are typically short and stubby in the back and longer in the front, and should be kept at short lengths. When the tortoise is housed in an environment with smooth surfaces that do not wear down its nails, they can grow too long.

What kind of health problems do Russian tortoises have?

Internal parasites are most common with wild-caught and imported Russian tortoises, but captive ones may also have internal parasites, so it’s always a good idea to have a fecal test on new tortoises. Roundworms are common to tortoises and will usually cause diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and a lack of appetite.