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Discussion in 'Turtles and Tortoises' started by Harold10, Sep 12, 2018.


  1. Harold10

    Harold10 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there,

    I picked up my 9 month old Horsefield Tortoise on Friday 7th Sept and I have a few concerns over his behaviour. His length of shell is about 2 inches and when I got him home he was only 36g – he has now gone down to 35g. I have been soaking him everyday in warm water for 20 minutes to aid any dehydration anxieties and I offer him a variety of foods (weeds, flowers, watercress, carrot tops, kale, etc.) dusted with Nutrobal everyday and a cuttlefish bone for calcium. The problem is that he just doesn’t want to eat anything and doesn’t seem active. His basking temperature is 33 degrees but he spends the majority of his time sleeping. I’m just posting here to ask for advice and whether I just need to give him time to settle in. He has excreted a few times but his lack of appetite and weight is worrying me.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this,
    Ellie
     
  2. Harold10

    Harold10 PetForums Newbie

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    Attached photos of his enclosure to see if there is something obvious I'm doing wrong.
     

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  3. Wild With Roxi

    Wild With Roxi i love Animals too much

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    Have you asked the breeder/old owner what they were feeding him? Tortoises can be picky with what they eat, especially if their diet is suddenly changed from what they usually get. Try a variety of foods, anything safe that torts can eat safely and preferably something they usually enjoy :)
     
  4. EmberBirb

    EmberBirb PetForums Newbie

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    Hello. I’m not a massive expert on tortoises and after 2-3 years of owning two I’m still learning every day! When mine aren’t eating I give them some pellets (they come in all different flavours, mine prefer the banana ones). Don’t feed it pellets too often thought as the pet shop told me they can have them all the time and they are now very picky with what veg they eat. I don’t weigh mine and I know they don’t always eat every day but the vet said that’s natural.
    Also about sleeping horsefield me are naturally a burrowing species and are not very acurate during most of the year.
    I recently took mine to the vets and asked about them being inactive. She said it’s normal however to make sure that even the heat lamp is turned off overnight to have a proper day and night cycle

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Jon Roff

    Jon Roff PetForums Junior

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    It could be because your tort is not used to what you are feeding him. The old owners may have fed him foods that he has now become accustomed to, therefore he could just be picky. I would recommend asking the old owners what is diet was like and mixing that in with his new diet to get him used to the new food. Hope I could be of help.
     
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