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Wish 20-08-2013 04:33 PM

New member needing help.
 
Can someone help identify what make this tortoise is.

I am looking to give it a home and the freedom I'm my garden.
I'm not happy about it being in the cage like in the picture.

Any idea what make it is ? I'm told its Russian ?

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wish...80601.jpg.html

Wish 20-08-2013 04:33 PM

image_zpsee880601.jpg Photo by wish1672 | Photobucket

jeweled lady 20-08-2013 04:39 PM

Yes it is a Horsfeldi in a tiny viv. It needs to be outdoors at the moment. Tortoises are sun lovers. The viv is fine to sleep in but not for daytime use. I am sure that it's going to be ecstatic about being in your garden, well done for taking it.

Wish 20-08-2013 05:01 PM

Many thanks for your input.

On the World Wide Web and you answer not 5 miles from me.
Small world huh :2thumb:

Wish 20-08-2013 05:06 PM

It's difficult to tell by just one photo but I've been told he is 12 yrs old.

purplepixie 20-08-2013 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Wish (Post 11455617)
It's difficult to tell by just one photo but I've been told he is 12 yrs old.

Unless you actually know who bred this tortoise, it will be impossible to age. Although its not a youngster:0)
The viv is the worst place to keep a horsfield, as they don't do well in them. They need to be able to dig into soil at least 5inchs deep. They also need a heat gradient, 30-32c under the heat, and 25c ish at the other end. Which is near impossible to do in a viv.

jeweled lady 21-08-2013 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Wish (Post 11455607)
Many thanks for your input.

On the World Wide Web and you answer not 5 miles from me.
Small world huh :2thumb:

Arh, well there you go. Sometimes it is a small world. Did you get your tortoise local, resumably private?
I'm here if you need a chat.

Wish 21-08-2013 01:59 AM

Thanks for all your replies.

Well we went to see him tonight and couldn't leave him behind. We are unsure but think he's had a fairly hard year or so. His nails are over grown and so is his beak. His heat lamp wasn't working but came with a spare bulb.

I was told he didn't need water :mf_dribble:
So it's a trip to the vets tomorrow and stock up on some soil and sand from B&Q and a tortoise box for warm nights outside.

Wish 21-08-2013 03:43 AM

No sand now ... Bad for there eyes ;-)

purplepixie 21-08-2013 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Wish (Post 11457035)
No sand now ... Bad for there eyes ;-)

It must seem as though you wish you had never asked questions in the first place:0)
This is why we always recommend researching tortoises before buying. As there is a lot of rubbish advice out there, as well as good. Its just knowing where to go in the first place.
Which is nearly always forums like this, who use up to date methods of keeping torts. We all have to change our ways at some time:0)


The really good thing is you are actually asking the questions to get things right:0)


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