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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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2017-02-24 Hyperactive:

OK, thank you for the additional information. You need to make some significant changes to the way you're keeping him. This is especially important because you live in India. I get many questions from

2017-02-20 Hyperactive:

Hi Sanika,    I need more information on your turtle and how you're keeping him:    1). How old/big is your turtle?  2). How big is the tank and what kind of filter are you using?  3). What kind of basking

2017-01-23 Please help identify this turtle.:

Hi Dara,    Looks like a Mississipi mud turtle.  I'll put some links at the end for you, but in general a turtle needs:    1)  A roomy tank.  Figure 10 gallons of tank for each 1" of turtle, so a 3" turtle

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


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