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    Default Re: I' know they aren't round... Red footed Tortoises

    Been a few years now since I updated on these guys..Its hard to believe that I have had them now 13 years ( hatchlings in 2007). If you think Discus are tough to breed, try waiting on Tortoises that can live more than 50 years. Breeding has been sporadic, I only had one male in the group so a few years ago got a second young male, He is only about 5 now I think, but I am hopeful that he will start breeding soon.. When I first got him the other male responded with alot of head bobbing and breeding attempts with the girls...then it tapered off.

    This year I updated their outside pen which is 20X30 Feet. We used to take them in every night and bring them outside the next day when they were smaller. Now that they are really large we made an enclosure in the pen that they go into at night on their own. We just need to lock the door when they are in to keep the critters out, then we open the door in the am and they come "charging out" at a tortoise pace for breakfast. The enclosure has a heat lamp for chilly nights. I am thinking that we should be able to keep these guys outside until Sept .. They are much happier with the summer cottage than being inside in the cooler months here. I also built a small wooden bin next to the enclosure and filled it with compost and leaves, hopefully they will use that to lay eggs,

    Time will tell.


    For now, its just really cool having these guys..

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    Default Re: I' know they aren't round... Red footed Tortoises

    Most interesting, Al. But I have three questions. Why is the turtle house so tall for such short dwellers? How do they manage to open and close that door? And how do they use that small white toilet located on the right of the first picture?

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    Default Re: I' know they aren't round... Red footed Tortoises

    Quote Originally Posted by peewee1 View Post
    Most interesting, Al. But I have three questions. Why is the turtle house so tall for such short dwellers? How do they manage to open and close that door? And how do they use that small white toilet located on the right of the first picture?
    Lol..
    Why is the turtle house so tall for such short dwellers?
    Because I am not small...and I need to be able to reach in and clean it,

    How do they manage to open and close that door?
    They can't, We do a head count every night and close them in, securing the door. They are really good about going in for the night as soon as it starts getting dark they head for shelter. Then in the am we let them out by opening the door and they come marching out.

    And how do they use that small white toilet located on the right of the first picture?
    ahh.. Thats actually not a toilet, but to keep them from using their water dish as a toilet.Thats an old cat water dish that we fill up with drinking water. They can reach in to drink. They also have some water dishes but 9/10 times if they can sit in it, it becomes a toilet.

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    Default Re: I' know they aren't round... Red footed Tortoises

    Now, Al, hopefully you will hold with me for a bit more time. With regard to the changing of the turtle house. Are you maintaining a strict 100% straw change per day regime? It would seem that turtles are much like cows and chickens in that they head for the coop or ban come evening. Finally, have you tried fddw for these critters? You might stick a cube to the door of that shelter and see if they go for it. By the way, new shipment of fdbw soon?

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    Default Re: I' know they aren't round... Red footed Tortoises

    Quote Originally Posted by peewee1 View Post
    Now, Al, hopefully you will hold with me for a bit more time. With regard to the changing of the turtle house. Are you maintaining a strict 100% straw change per day regime? It would seem that turtles are much like cows and chickens in that they head for the coop or ban come evening. Finally, have you tried fddw for these critters? You might stick a cube to the door of that shelter and see if they go for it. By the way, new shipment of fdbw soon?
    Lol... No I don't adhere to that strict 100 % stray change daily...I don't even do that with Discus water changes unless they are fry.They are much like the my chickens though in returning to the coop night. They are actually neighbors as the turtle pen is right next to the coops.

    Feeding Freeze Dried blackworms would be a bad bad idea. You have no idea how much these guys could put away...and though vegetarian, they do like earthworms greatly.

    As for FDBW shipments... I'm afraid we will have a bumpy few months...Its just taking sooooooo LOONGGGGG to get them here I can't keep up. I've mentioned it many times, but will again, Please order well in advance.

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