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Is my Tortoise ok? I’m new to this

Discussion in 'Turtles and Tortoises' started by MattyB110690, Dec 5, 2019.


  1. MattyB110690

    MattyB110690 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    i’m just needing some help really and i’m wondering if my Tortoise is ok

    i’ve had him for around 2 months now so not too long and he used to go round in his hut and usually eat a dish of food a day.

    since around 2 weeks ago now he doesnt hardly eat and just goes and sits in the corner but does sometime come out but nowhere near as much. Should I be worried at all?

    His tortoise table is 4ft long with a 100watt basking light and desert UVB 150 bulb.

    all lights go off at night which drops to around 20degrees at night roughly.

    any help would be much appreciated

    Thanks
    Mat
     
  2. MrJsk

    MrJsk PetForums Member

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    I am new to tortoises too. I currently don't own one however I have been lots of research and reading.

    This seems to be a common topic recently on facebook groups etc How old is your tortoise?

    Could he/she maybe be slowing down due to the time of year, thinking about brumation / hibernation ?
     
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  3. scargman

    scargman PetForums Newbie

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    Hi. What species of tortoise do you have? We have a Horsfield that, on a vet's advice, we have never hibernated. From October to February he slows down. Some days he doesn't come out of his hide and can go off food for three or four days. Make sure you bathe him a couple of times a week so he doesn't dehydrate.

    If you are really worried, you should open his mouth and look at his tongue. It should be very pink if he's healthy. If it's pale, you should take him to a vet asap as he's anaemic. Get to know his normal tongue colour as, it's difficult to spot a poorly tort and once you do they are usually very ill. Also, weigh him regularly and get to know his weight. If he loses as lot of weight, this is also likely to show illness. He should be maintaining a constant weight, give or take 2-4g/day, especially if he has opened his bowels. Anything more than 5g over 2 -3 days is a significant loss but don't panic, if he's eating - even infrequently - he can put this weight back on in a couple of days.

    Just hold is head behind his eyes and gently open his jaw. If you're squeamish about this, get a vet to show you. Whilst you are holding his head, he will fight you! Just make sure you are holding his skull as his throat his very delicate.
     
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  4. Calvine

    Calvine PetForums VIP

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    That would be my first thought.

    Hibernation. The breeds of tortoise that hibernate do so for health reasons. Irregular hibernation will adversely affect the tortoise's health and lifespan. Most Mediterranean breeds are biologically set to hibernate for a period of time; it is unnatural for tortoises to be awake and eating 365 days a year.

    ^^^^^^^^^^ from Google . . . I am not an expert, but sure there must be specialist tortoise forums where you will get loads of info.
     
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  5. scargman

    scargman PetForums Newbie

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    The Shelled Warriors Yahoo forum is a good source. You could also look for a tortoise page on Facebook. Tortoise addicts UK is a good 'un.
     
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    Calvine PetForums VIP

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    OP been absent apparently since 6 December, so maybe has all the info he needs.
     
  7. scargman

    scargman PetForums Newbie

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    Hopefully someone else might benefit from this. I'm not an expert but I've learned a fair bit in a decade of tort husbandry
     
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