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Help (sore, peeling tail)

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by Jack1234456, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Jack1234456

    Jack1234456 New Member

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    Hi,

    Im a newbie to owning a tortoise and have tried my best to make sure it is healthy but i noticed its tail doesnt look very good as it pealing and seems sore please could someone advise me how i can prevent this from happening and help get it better

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    Hi Jack
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Welcome to the Forum!

    It's hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like there's a sore on the end of the tail - either that or the tip has come off. I would take it to a vet for a professional assessment.
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    I agree a good herp vet would be the way to go with this.

    Welcome to the site.
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    crimson_lotus Well-Known Member

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    What kind of bedding do you have in there with your tortoise? Does the tortoise live alone?
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    Woodchip, pets at home said it would be suitable?
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    Some types of wood chips can be toxic, so please be careful. Wood also does not help with humidity as it can mold
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    Hello, and a very warm welcome to Tortoise Forum. :)
    What type of wood ?
    Cypress mulch and orchid bark are good but I wouldn't use anything else.
    Coco coir is an excellent substrate.
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