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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:56 am   What kind of tortoise is this?

I just rescued this tortoise. Can you guys tell me what kind this is i was told its a desert but not sure? And whats up with his/her shell?
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4 baby RES all 2 inches genders unknown
4 cats(Simba, Nala, Dot, and Freeway)
and my husband

1 Baby Russian Tortoise Gender Uknown size:2 inches or so Name: Pancake
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:25 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

Not sure, can you post a pic of the plastron?
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:24 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

His legs are sort of blurry in the picture - are those raised bump-like things on the front of them? Or are his legs smooth?

How pronounced are the dark edges of his scutes? Are they very dark, or do they just sort of fade from a darker brown to a lighter brown? Again, just something that's a little harder to see.

He does sort of look like the images of baby desert tortoises.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:43 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

If he is a desert tortoise, I think his shell is okay unless the scutes are broken or misshapen or something - it looks like their shells tend to be "flatter" than most tortoises, and not always perfectly curved. I'm by no means an expert - I'm just offering ideas based on the searches I just did trying to figure it out for you. :)

If he does turn out to be a desert tortoise, here are a few reliable resources:

Basic Facts: http://www.defenders.org/desert-tortoise/basic-facts

Care:http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/captive_tortoise_care.shtml


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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:17 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

yea hes a desert tortoise. Hes up for adoption if anyone is intrested
55 gallon
4 baby RES all 2 inches genders unknown
4 cats(Simba, Nala, Dot, and Freeway)
and my husband

1 Baby Russian Tortoise Gender Uknown size:2 inches or so Name: Pancake
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:22 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

how big is he? i would be intrested in getting him
4 res
3 ybs
1 black knob sawback map
1 reg map
1 reg musk
2 razor back musk
1 king snake,1 ball python,1 red tailed boa,1 dumerils boa,1 leopard tortoise,1 leopard gecko,4 crested geckos,1 rose haired tarantula,3 bearded dragons,2 cats,4 dogs
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:47 am   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

hes about 3 inches tiny little guy
55 gallon
4 baby RES all 2 inches genders unknown
4 cats(Simba, Nala, Dot, and Freeway)
and my husband

1 Baby Russian Tortoise Gender Uknown size:2 inches or so Name: Pancake
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:49 pm   Re: What kind of tortoise is this?

Did you ever find a home for this little guy? Love to have one here in Mission Viejo, Ca
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