Cocos eyes are swollen than ever!

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I only have a light thing for one bulb and one stand 😭😭

So if I do get it...I’ll either have to get him another stand..with bulb holder or just a double bulb thing + that to get him A UV for winter only!!
 

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Yay, coco likes his new Hide “burrow”

It’s nice and dark for him and he can climb on top of it if he wishes!

I’m so pleased! 😊😊 And it’s bigger than his green thing on purpose because of he gets a little bigger he can still fit!!
 

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I don’t no! There’s been so much needed to purchase...I ran out of money...so that’s also on the list!

My mom might be able to assist if I get it through Amazon!! 🙏🙏
You don't need night heat if your house stays around 70 at night.

Freshly sprouted soft grass is great to mix in with the food for a baby. Babies can't eat hay.

Next year, he should hibernate in winter, so you shouldn't need indoor UV. In the mean time, offer some occasional Mazuri and use a calcium supplement with D3 in it.
 

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You don't need night heat if your house stays around 70 at night.

Freshly sprouted soft grass is great to mix in with the food for a baby. Babies can't eat hay.
Should I use the pellets for his food then?

I have that on hand now...or wait till I can get a hold of soft grass? Which I can maybe get from the website next time?

Cause I got him some stuff coming in the next couple days that I can give him also on rotation!!!
 

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Should I use the pellets for his food then?

I have that on hand now...or wait till I can get a hold of soft grass? Which I can maybe get from the website next time?

Cause I got him some stuff coming in the next couple days that I can give him also on rotation!!!
All of the above. Lots of variety.
 

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Wow! That is great if the eye swelling is subsiding already. Keep up the good work.
Soaking him in warm water longer is helping!

But now I have to figure out a none turn over solution 😫😫😫

I caught him turned over on his back and I picked him up right away!!!

I freaked out...😢😢
 

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Soaking him in warm water longer is helping!

But now I have to figure out a none turn over solution 😫😫😫

I caught him turned over on his back and I picked him up right away!!!

I freaked out...😢😢
If there’s a solution to turn over torts...
I’m all eyes and ears!! 🙏🙏
 

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🙏🙏🙏🙏

I was starting to think that too!

Especially since before he was on sand and his bedding was like ripped shirts and small hand towels! What’s odd tho..when I was cleaning abs fixing his enclosure last week..I put him on my bed and he crawled into my soft cover and barried himself in and fell asleep!!

So now that I’m doing the necessary changes it can explain some things!

I’m trying not to worry to much..but one think that has me more on edge is his nose!!
Hi, Jelly had the same problems and I took him to the vet. She said the substrate (for Jelly) was irritating his eyes. She suggested I change it; which I did to that astro turf looking stuff (pet quality). The vet also said he had an eye infection and gave me some medication. The vet suggested I get a vitamin A supplement. Jelly is doing fine now, since it's been about a month. I do have one problem he just paces back and forth all day. He has food, water a heat and UVB light but he bangs around all day. Any suggestions out there?
 

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Hi, Jelly had the same problems and I took him to the vet. She said the substrate (for Jelly) was irritating his eyes. She suggested I change it; which I did to that astro turf looking stuff (pet quality). The vet also said he had an eye infection and gave me some medication. The vet suggested I get a vitamin A supplement. Jelly is doing fine now, since it's been about a month. I do have one problem he just paces back and forth all day. He has food, water a heat and UVB light but he bangs around all day. Any suggestions out there?
Possibly needs more space so a bigger enclosure may be needed!

I may have to do the same myself!
 

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If there’s a solution to turn over torts...
I’m all eyes and ears!! 🙏🙏
It probably climbed on the new hide and fell off. You may have to get a different hide box which has straight sides rather than the half log type thing you have now. I always had good luck with cardboard boxes. Just get one of an appropriate size, turn it over and cut out a doorway large enough for the tortoise to get in and out. These are inexpensive and easily replaceable as the tortoises get larger and larger.

Another option I have used is planter pots which are made out of some kind of compressed organic matter and peat, sort of the way the coco coir bricks are compressed. Unlike regular peat pots these will hold their shape unless they get absolutely soaking wet. They are sort of like peat pots, only the walls are much thicker. They used to come in a number of sizes in round as well as rectangular shapes. Just turn them over and cut doors out with a sharp box cutter or a razor knife.

Note that you may have to look at a couple of plant nurseries near you to find these in the various shapes and sizes. That is where I got mine. Amazon didn't even exist when I started using these for hide boxes.

Here are some round ones: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088RCMXD8/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20
 

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It probably climbed on the new hide and fell off. You may have to get a different hide box which has straight sides rather than the half log type thing you have now. I always had good luck with cardboard boxes. Just get one of an appropriate size, turn it over and cut out a doorway large enough for the tortoise to get in and out. These are inexpensive and easily replaceable as the tortoises get larger and larger.

Another option I have used is planter pots which are made out of some kind of compressed organic matter and peat, sort of the way the coco coir bricks are compressed. Unlike regular peat pots these will hold their shape unless they get absolutely soaking wet. They are sort of like peat pots, only the walls are much thicker. They used to come in a number of sizes in round as well as rectangular shapes. Just turn them over and cut doors out with a sharp box cutter or a razor knife.

Note that you may have to look at a couple of plant nurseries near you to find these in the various shapes and sizes. That is where I got mine. Amazon didn't even exist when I started using these for hide boxes.

Here are some round ones: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088RCMXD8/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20
Interesting! Ok...I’ll be out for a look out on these..
I have one problem...he bites everything he sees for the first time 😂😂

Will this be anyway contamination for him?
 

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Interesting! Ok...I’ll be out for a look out on these..
I have one problem...he bites everything he sees for the first time 😂😂

Will this be anyway contamination for him?
He is something else lol

He definitely wants something different to eat! Ima give him some hibiscus 🌺 I have
From the Mexican store! I just have to cook it!
 

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Hi, Jelly had the same problems and I took him to the vet. She said the substrate (for Jelly) was irritating his eyes. She suggested I change it; which I did to that astro turf looking stuff (pet quality). The vet also said he had an eye infection and gave me some medication. The vet suggested I get a vitamin A supplement. Jelly is doing fine now, since it's been about a month. I do have one problem he just paces back and forth all day. He has food, water a heat and UVB light but he bangs around all day. Any suggestions out there?
I am sorry for interrupting but I don’t think ANY species of tortoise should be on Astro turf stuff???
orchid choir or bark is best... for all kinds of reasons...
Ok... now I want you to do something for me...
Take off your shoes AND socks...
Now... take out that “Astro turf stuff” and lay it on the floor....
Now.....
YOU WALK OVER IT!!
how does that feel on YOUR feet??
Painful right?
Now think of how soft your BABY torts feet are.
do youSTILL think it’s ok?
vet or no vet said......
I think it would hurt MY feet!
when I have something for my tortoise I always ask myself.... how would I feel...?
That’s how you can figure out what is NOT so good and what is.
No vets —no Facebook —no Guessing..
I don’t care who thinks they are an expert!
I only trust the experts on here because I KNOW they have tried everything before and can look to them for advice.

sorry to be so blunt, but I care for you and your tort! Even if I don’t know you!! ❤🙏
 

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Interesting! Ok...I’ll be out for a look out on these..
I have one problem...he bites everything he sees for the first time 😂😂

Will this be anyway contamination for him?
I doubt that the tortoise will be able to bite off any of the material at least not if you get the same type pots that I have. It is really tough. Additionally, it's all organic material so even if the tortoise got a bit of it off, it wouldn't be poisonous.

I have raised loads of baby tortoises using these as hide boxes and never saw one trying to eat any of the material.

Another note: if you have hibiscus flowers you don't need to cook hibiscus flowers to feed them to tortoises. They can be eaten right off the bush.
 

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I doubt that the tortoise will be able to bite off any of the material at least not if you get the same type pots that I have. It is really tough. Additionally, it's all organic material so even if the tortoise got a bit of it off, it wouldn't be poisonous.

I have raised loads of baby tortoises using these as hide boxes and never saw one trying to eat any of the material.

Another note: if you have hibiscus flowers you don't need to cook hibiscus flowers to feed them to tortoises. They can be eaten right off the bush.
The ones I have are just the flower..
They are dried out...
Unless I can use as a garnish then I’ll just sprinkle the flower on his food!
I have other stuff coming too for him from the recommended website!
 
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