health concern

  1. tazpjm

    New tortoise owner

    Hi everyone, I just adopted a female greek tortoise who's less than a year old (I think). She is also 12cm tall. I got her from a place where it's kind of like a farmers market or china town so I don't know how healthy or how old she is. I think she has some health problems, she keeps rubbing...
  2. T

    White on rim of shell (cherry head red-foot)

    Our baby cherry head red-foot tortoise is developing this whiteness on the bottom rim of her shell & it’s now on her belly. Any ideas what it could be? The internet has said anything from simple signs of shell growth to shell rot & we just want to make sure we’re leaving it alone if it’s nothing...
  3. dylanhighsmith

    Desert Tortoise Restless Movements While Sleeping

    So our 28 year old desert tortoise has been very restless at night lately. Pretty much all night long he does this intermittent wild neck stretching and head pumping thing. We've taken him to the vet for this type of behavior before (although that time he wasn't stretching his neck out as far -...
  4. Agathaade

    I believe my 1yo Hermann just ate a cat hairball

    Hi everyone, It has been months since I have been active here because things were going so well with Miguel. But I believe she just ate a cat hairball and am looking for advice on what to do. Soak her extra long daily and watch her poops for the next couple weeks? Or take her to a vet stat? I...
  5. snailpeekoutofshell

    Face looking swollen and head peeling?

    Hello! I had been thinking over the past day or two that Beans’ face was looking a little swollen, and that his head was peeling quite a bit. I’ve had him now for exactly a month, and I compared a photo of him now to a photo of him when I found him and it definitely looks swollen or at least...
  6. snailpeekoutofshell

    Is this pee?

    I was sitting here watching Beans chill under his basking light, when he suddenly spurt out this water looking liquid. When it came out he was facing the direction it’s currently pooled in now, and I had moved him to get a better look and to check underneath and make sure his tail was wet (it...
  7. snailpeekoutofshell

    Rot on plastron? :(

    Hello! I posted a bit ago about how Beans had suffered a dog attack, and since then he’s just been in a completely separate room and it’s been working quite well. He had suffered some damage to his top shell which seems to be fine, and the plastron which I’m more concerned about. Initially I had...
  8. snailpeekoutofshell

    Should I be concerned about Russian being burrowed all day?

    Hello again! A couple weeks ago I posted about my Russian tortoise (Beans) that I found in my backyard and couldn't find the original home of. Since then, I've been working on building an enclosure for him in my backyard, but it's definitely taking quite a bit of time. For a majority of the...
  9. D

    Baby Sulcata Left Eye Problem

    Hey all! Just got a baby sulcata last Sunday. I took him out in our garden to graze on some grass this morning. He was energetic and loved walking around the place. Now, I noticed that it's left eye is not opening up as well as the right eye after it took a nap. Sometimes the right eye is...
  10. milesm916

    Possible respiratory infection in redfoot tort?

    So I got a redfoot recently and he was pretty much fine up until about 2 days ago, when he stopped eating, and started sticking his neck out much further than usual to breathe/was breathing heavier than usual (a combination wheezing/clicking noise?) He's been up and moving and drinking lots of...
  11. B

    Edge of Shell Flaring/Fringing/Turning Upwards

    Hi there! I'm looking for some experienced opinions. Attached are some pictures of my little Hermanns (please excuse the calcidust on her bottom, she's been roaming) - I'm a little worried as I've noticed the edge of the back of her shell is slightly flared/turned upwards (she's around a year...
  12. remythetort

    Tortoise is walking weird (not using front leg)

    Hello! My tortoise is walking kind of weird. She would be pacing around the terrace as she normally does and then decides to lift her front left leg off the ground and use only 3 legs to move. She'd do that for a minute or two before walking normally again. She has no contact with other animals...
  13. A

    Hermanns Tortoise Impacted - now has protrusion under tail

    We've been managing our impacted hermanns tortoise for going on 2 weeks now. She finally urinated starting 2 days ago, but yesterday we noticed this protrusion under her tail. We've been soaking her frequently and she has a follow up appointment at the vet tomorrow - but what is this and is...
  14. T

    Baby Hermanns tortoise

    Hello! I am new to tortoise keeping and am hearing a quiet popping sound from my tortoise. I bought a baby hermanns from a reptile expo about 3 months ago. And I was so excited I forgot to ask what his/her hatching date is. Im not sure on the gender yet but have been calling him a boy. I’m...
  15. yay14

    Lost weight

    I am scared my One year old hermann tortoise has lost weight. Last time i weighed maybe about a month ago he weighed about 47-48 grams i measured today and he weighed 41. There could be something weird though since when i put the scale down it registers 400 grams withous anything even touching...
  16. yay14

    Tortoise Healthy?

    Hi everybody i have a 1 year 1 month old Hermanns tortoise i just wanted to go thru and see if you think hes healthy or not. When i first got him in may 2020 when he was 5 months there were a lot of problems with my care, it was to dry, the light was poorly setup so not all the uv from the light...
  17. R

    Shell de-colorization

    This is Ruby, my 15 year old horse-field’s tortoise. She is in good health other than the problem described below. Ruby had a white ring around her shell about a few months ago, and I went to tortoise forums for help. All and each response I got was that this was normal, and would go away at...
  18. yay14

    Is he getting enough UV

    Hi everyone i was wondering if my one year old hermann tortoise is getting enough UV. I now this is hard to say without a UV meter but i am gonna go ahead and aks anyway. He has a 50 watt solar raptor spot Metal halide/ H.I.D lamp that is suspended 22 inches above the enclosure recomended...
  19. yay14

    Bladder stone?

    I found this in my tortoises enclosure and was wondering if it's a bladder stone? You can scrape of the sides of it with your nail but it's to hard to crush between your fingers.
  20. J

    Dry tort?

    Hello all! I have noticed that in the last month sense the heat came on Gamera is looking dry. It was just her shell but now her legs. We soak about every week, offer water, and mist her food occasionally. I had seen someone mention coconut oil. Any suggestions? Should we soak more? She did...
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