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Sleeping alot?

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by Mr. turtle, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Mr. turtle

    Mr. turtle Member

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    Hey guys! I was wondering if it is normal for my baby red foot tortoise to sleep alot. I got her yesterday shipped to me, and the box was cold a little on the inside so i put her in warm water, and she pooped, then i put her in her new cage, and she immediately she went to her hide spot, and wont come out. I pulled her out 2-3 times. She ate one of those times, but went straight back to the hide. She didnt even bask. Is this normal? Should i get her out again to let her eat, or try and bask if she wants to?
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    The title should be "sleeping alot?" Sorry
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    Hatchlings hide alot. That's what they do instinctively, as to not get eaten. Other than that if the temperatures aren't ideal then they'll hide/sleep. I don't think red foots bask all that much compared to other tortoises. Also, a new tortoise is probably stressed from being shipped and the new surroundings. Give it time, and if all it's needs are met and it's eating and pooping it'll be fine.
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    Congratulations on your new tortoise. Yes they sleep almost all the time. Just like any babies. You should post pictures - I love seeing hatchlings, of her habitat too. Good luck with her/him and Enjoy.
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    Also she has been in the same spot all day. She hasnt eaten, i dont think she has been basking. What should i do? I have been at school all day, and every time i try to move her, she kinda makes like a high pitched noise. I think she is stressed out! Plz help!
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    Ok thanks!
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    theguy67 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    How warm is your tank? Babies like to sleep a lot, but keep an eye on him. The high pitched noise is common in my experience. When I go to pick up little ones, sometimes they will make a slight hissing noise as they retract into their shell. Don't confuse this with wheezing, as that will be heard during normal respiration, a symptom of a dry environment. These guys are tropical, so keep it warm and humid.
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    Our 2 babies tend to spend a good amount of time in their hide but they definitely know when it's food time. We have had them about 2 1/2 months and they hatched the beginning of May. It took about a week for them to adjust and then I would find them exploring some.
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    Yeah. Her temperatures in the cage stay around 80-90 degrees, with a basking spot over 90 degrees, and a couple humid hide spot. Humidity stays at about around 60-75%, but today she was exploring the cage, and was eating. Then she went right back to sleep. Sometimes, if i pick her up to put her by her food, she kinda hisses, but then calms down. I think i just scare her when i do that.
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    theguy67 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Everything seems good. You can bump up the humidity to 80. I've had new adults behave this way too. Your little one sounds like hes settling in fine. Try moving a piece of food to him, rather than moving him.
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    Ok. Thanks
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