Anonymous:

Excuse me while I feel quietly vindicated for telling off my brother for poking at old holes in a box turtle’s shell.

Well I think you should feel vindicated LOUDLY! Poor Boxie! Way to stand up to animal abuse! Its not funny, its cruel, and ignoring things like that is how we end up with people posting facebook videos of themselves killing an endangered tortoise. #notok 

robingrayson94:

Tortoises are little shits who will go and hide under plants and blend in very well and give you heart attacks when you can’t find them and then when you do find them they refuse to move even though you just want to feed them dinner.

robingrayson94:

Tortoises are little shits who will go and hide under plants and blend in very well and give you heart attacks when you can’t find them and then when you do find them they refuse to move even though you just want to feed them dinner.

themarveloustort:

Its healthy food only today. I’m climbing on it to show mama my distaste.

That is a super smart plan! Give her the side eye while you’re at it. P.s. climbing on top of the food is also a good way to let  other torties know its yours. In case they forget and stuff! 

themarveloustort:

Its healthy food only today. I’m climbing on it to show mama my distaste.

That is a super smart plan! Give her the side eye while you’re at it. P.s. climbing on top of the food is also a good way to let  other torties know its yours. In case they forget and stuff! 

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becomingaweasley:

Their tongues are kind of amazing. I’d never really noticed it with the little ones before, but the first time we brought Pedro home, when he refused to come out of his shell, we put him on the counter and bribed him with a strawberry and momentarily thought he was either choking or having an allergic reaction and his tongue was swelling. 

I mean, it makes sense that their tongues are powerful and work harder for them since they have to keep the food in their mouths somehow, it just never occurred to me before.

It’s kind of awesome and gross to watch him eat.

their pink tongues are my favorite thing! 

wafflesworld:

What is the hay mix you get on line with dandies in it? I will send mom to investigate.

positivethinkingforlosers:

Hi Waffles!!  Its called Herbal Salad mix. It has Hay, dried dandies, dried plantain, and some other dried flowers and things. Human adds it to some fresh greens and thinks I don’t notice (but I do!).  Its not the worst but dn’t tell her cause I’ll have to eat more. ~Zoya

Anonymous:

I took my Russian to the vet yesterday and among other things that the weird vet said, she suggested feeding our tortoise spinach pasta and egg yolk. I have never seen either of those things suggested for a tortoise to eat…what do you think about that?

Well I’m not a Vet but I think my eyes popped out of my head reading this! There may be some differences on the best weeds, greens, etc to feed your tortoise, but I have never ever encountered a single reputable source that would suggest spinach pasta or egg yolk! Spinach itself is not a great food for your Russian tortoise. Its high in calcium, so tolerable in small amounts, but contains a high amount of Oxalic Acid. That messes with kidneys of the tort and in high amounts can cause kidney stones. Its not terrible, it has a lot of calcium, but it shouldn’t be fed in large amounts. This is where the whole “feed a varied diet” comes in. 

Pasta and Egg yolk?! I don’t even know what to say about that. Neither of those are things a tortoise would eat in nature… or in any situation! Russian tortoises are herbivores.. they require very little protein that they should get from the greens they eat (like hibiscus leaves etc). No animal protein should be consumed, they’re vegetarians! Egg whites are animal protein and not natural or recommend from what I read. They include other stuff that messes with your tortoise’s ability to metabolize nutrients. 

Its awesome that you are trying to take good care of your tort and getting check ups! I would guess your vet doesn’t specialize in Exotics and specifically not tortoises. You may want to consider finding a new vet that does. Its important to have that number on hand.  So glad you asked and clearly you know enough about torts to look out for the not so great information. #HighFive 

Heres a link to a database of exotics vets in the US. http://www.reptileveterinarians.com/ 

There’s also a great message board that you could check out, lots of tortoise owners that might know someone in your area. tortoiseforum.org

Here are some great sites with information on Diet.  

Russiantortoise.net has a great care sheet and is specific to Russian tortoises.

The Tortoise Table  has a plant book that is great for identifying plants, and identify how regularly you should add something to your torts diet. 

Those are my thoughts. Again, I’m not a vet so keep that in mind. I hope it helps and that you and your shell friend are doing well!