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Being I think this is a basic question, I will not go into great detail. I apologize if you want more info. Our red foot is named Bobber. I don,t know if you remember us, but I remember you. You are the best! Simple question, I think. Bobber will be walking around the house, and sometimes she' will stop and think for awhile, and then leave a puddle as big as a dogs. I thought Thier pee was combined with their poop like a birds.
 Thanks, Jeannie. It,s good to be in touch with you again. I lost my info I had. Take care

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Hi Don,

I remember you and Bobber!  Hope all is well with you.  

Tortoises do poop and pee separately, although sometimes they'll do both nearly at the same time since they tend to do it either when drinking or eating.  However, they don't have separate openings for urine and feces; instead, everything comes out the cloaca (that includes eggs).  You do sometimes see a sort of solid in their pee, but that's urates (solid part of the pee) rather than poop.  Urates should actually be pretty soft and liquidy.  If you see them become gritty/more solid, that indicate dehydration and more moisture in the enclosure and increased soaks are needed.  Hope that answers your question.  Nice to hear from you!

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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.

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My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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