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YOU WILL GET A REJECTION OF YOUR QUESTION IF YOU FAIL TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO QUESTIONER IN FULL!!. I am primarily here to assist with health concerns. I am here for the more difficult questions. Not for questions that you could research and easily find the answer yourself. I have stringent standards that you provide DETAILED and RELEVANT background history on your pet before you ask me ANY question about it other than GENDER or ID. The requested information is in the instructions to questioner. Failure to answer EACH of those questions to provide that background will result in your question being REJECTED. I can answer questions related reptile husbandry, identification (esp. in Texas and the SW), legal aspects, and intermediate-advanced level medical care. I am the director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue (TX), a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in reptiles, a founding member of The Society for Horned Lizard Preservation, a subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service,,, and a Dept of State Health Services certified animal control instructor (CE) for reptile handling. I do most of my own veterinary care in-house. I am most experienced in Chelonia (turtles&torts) with box turtles and common smaller .....


Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.

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2016-09-12 Strange discoloration on turtle's shell (freshly shed):

Hi Colleen,    It looks like shell rot, possibly old (healed) shell rot, but I see some pinkness that's a little concerning.  Is there any oozing, odor, or softness to the areas?    You may need to make

2016-09-11 injured turtle:

You didn't follow the instructions though. I need the background I request in my instructions. I need to know about the enclosure and the specifics on the lighting. And you didn't state what species this

2016-08-24 Redfoot tortoise feces:

Hi,    Yes, you need to improve his diet.  Stop feeding the bites and get him on a more natural diet. Redfoots are omnivores, and eat a wide variety of foods in nature, so you should feed as much variety

2016-08-12 Redfoot Tortoise:

Can you give me a specific link to the specific supplement product you're talking about. The one's I'm seeing reference to may not be appropriate AT ALL. Forums are actually one of the most terrible places

2016-07-23 I.D.:

It's a box turtle. They don't have a functioning hinge until they're older.  Please return it to where you found it. Wild turtles belong in the wild, and box turtle species have been decimated by collection

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