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Dear Tad – it’s hot out

Dear Tad, I’m a busy tortoise with important browsing to do but now it’s too hot to go out in the afternoons. Some days all I want to do is sleep. What’s wrong with me? -Hot in Henderson Hot, You’re probably fine. It’s a bit toastier outside than usual for June but you’ll be ok. Remember when it got […]

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Black Carpenter Bees

Please! Please! Please do not kill our beautiful, big, black carpenter bees. They are very valuable pollinators and bee numbers are down, dramatically. Bees are needed for pollinating crops and other fruits important to other animals. When bees are working at flowers they are intent on just that, even the Africanized Honey Bees. Only when […]

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Urate Salts in Urine

What is that white stuff passed by my tortoise? Chances are its just urate salts that are occasionally part of the urine. It looks like curdled milk or bits of chalk. This is a good thing. Be glad your tortoise is passing them and not forming a bladder stone that might require surgery. Just wash […]

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Change in Eating Habits

These days, tortoises may be grazing heavily and ignoring MegaDiet RF. Plants the tortoise wouldn’t eat earlier in the year have become favorites. Dead grass may be preferred over green grass, and flowers are top choices, especially roses. Your tortoise may be seen in the water dish more frequently. Tortoises, unlike us, respond to bodily […]

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Hatchlings Are on the March

Help us pass the word. Tortoise hatching season is here. In Clark County Nevada, we are fortunate to have a place for hatchlings you find wandering in the street or that have entered your yard. Do no keep them or give them away. Call the Tortoise Pick-up Service for free pick up and delivery to […]

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Possible Wet Burrow

With rains like we’ve had lately, it’s important to check your tortoise burrows for puddles or flooding. Keep checking for several days, as flooding may occur after the rain has stopped when rain in the top and surrounding soil drains into the burrow channel. If it is cloudy or nighttime, use a very powerful flashlight. […]

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Spruce Up the Habitat

Spring is bursting upon us and our tortoises will be emerging in March and April. Now’s the time to make the habitat safe and ready. Pick up winter’s accumulated clutter Prune the plants Remove any mustard and thistles, leaving the filaree and dandelions, of course Prune a good path around the edge of the year […]

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Tortoise Food Storage

Store Grassland Tortoise Food in a cool, dry place for the winter. It will still be fresh for the spring. Don’t freeze the tortoise food. If your tortoise is still up and eating, you may want to stop offering tortoise food and allow the tortoise to browse and eat greens and flowers until brumation. Its system is […]

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