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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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I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.


My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

What do you like about this subject?

Every day is a new learning opportunity. I enjoy observing my tortoises and gaining new insights into their habits and behavior.

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2016-11-25 3 Striped Mud Turtle not Eating:

Hi Kevin,    I don't know how helpful I'll be, since I don't have direct experience with hatchling muds.  They are very delicate and the mortality rate is high, especially under 2".  I did a bunch of research

2016-11-12 Turtle info.:

Hi Varnikaa,    I'm very glad that you're asking these questions now, instead of waiting until your turtle is possibly ill.  I get a lot of questions from India and with nearly all the them, the turtle

2016-11-10 Turtle is very poor and sick:

You didn't provide the detailed information you asked for, so I can only give you some general advice based on what little information you did provide.    It looks like your turtle has shell rot, a condition

2016-11-07 Turtle is very poor and sick:

Hi Harshit,    I need more information in order to help you.  Please post back with the following:    1)  How old/big the turtles are  2)  What size tank they're in (or whatever you're using to keep them

2016-10-21 African sideneck turtles:

Hi Alex,    Sorry for the delay.  Good, I was worried there!  40 gallons is still a bit small for a 5" turtle, but not really cramped.  Figure roughly 10 gallons of tank for each 1" of turtle, and the


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