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Help my New Aldabra don't poop since arrived 5 days ago.

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How to make Aldabra Poop ? Whats wrong with my aldabra ?

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  1. Diamond

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    They are lucky to have you and your family caring for them in a nicer environment. They will be happy with you. All torts need time to adjust to new places. Just keep asking questions. Keep us posted.
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    @wellington 7th july update, Watermelon for dehydration treatment.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Today is my birthday! Tortoise Club

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    Have you seen them drink yet?
    Another thing to do is to make sure any greens are wet with water. Maybe even try putting a little water in the food dish and then the food on top in the water.
    They look like they have a great home with you. So happy for them and you. Keep up the great work.
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    7th July update, @wellington , today I also found one of Aldabra poop at one corner of my house, but its small and looks watery.

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    Its not the right poop for its size isn’t it ?

    Is it because
    1. I gave them too less food ?
    2. Need more fiber ? Because I found that they didn’t eat the timothy hay at all, they only eat the greens vegetables (Bok Coy, Lettuce, and Carrot). How can I make them start to eat the hay ?
    3. Due to bacteria infection ?

    I am sorry for asking so many questions these days..
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    I haven’t seen them drink any water, They didn’t even want to come near the pond. Even the male, after walking around he always stay on that corner.

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    I did Mr Wellington, I put splash some water on their food today. My backyard still in mess, still redo everything trying to make better for the aldabra.
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    Hi and welcome!

    The foaming around the mouth and the wet eyes are a sign that they are too hot. Is there shade in their yard?

    I'm surprised that they are afraid of the water. Mine loved to sit in the mud hole, sometimes all day long. It might be because they've lived on the roof on tile and are not familiar with water in a pond-type setting. Just keep leading them to the pond, or keep picking them up and placing them in the pond. They'll eventually get used to it. In the meantime, offer water in the type of bowl that the previous owner did. . . something they're used to drinking out of.
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    Thank you for your reply @Yvonne G, Yes.. They have place to shade.. I'll keep leading them.. What is the best time to soak ? In the morning, noon, or afternoon ?
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    Thank you Olddog..
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    I wouldn't worry about the poop just yet. Just good to see there is poop. Feed as much as they will eat. As the diet gets better their poop should too and more of it.
    How big is the pond, show a pic and what your using for a water dish.
    Try cutting the hay into small pieces then soaking it in water to soften. Try mixing some of the hay with the other foods you know they like too eat.
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    This is the pond I prepared for them, I put it on a place where it get full sun, I was hoping that the water will stay warm.

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    This is the water dish I prepared for them, I use natural stone basin, I was hoping that it looks nice on my backyard. I also put it near their pen.

    But they don’t want to enter at all, they refuse to come inside, even when I push them to go inside.

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    The pond is 1,2m in diameter
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    Fill both the pond and water dish all the way too the top. It might help.
    The house, I don't know. With that low of a roof it might be too hot in their? Maybe too dark for them with not knowing it either, don't really know. Get the temp of the house. If it's too hot that might be the problem. Also try lighting it up too see if they will go in. Once they are used to it, it won't need a light.
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    Hello, Let your Tortoises get use to the new surroundings. Sounds like you treating them very well but give them there space and let them get use to there new environment and diet.
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    It looks great, however, I think it's too smooth. They can't get traction on that smooth surface.
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    Hello. It's great to see your tortoises and your enclosure! I'm no expert, but it seems to me that as long as there is shade available, and water, and it's not crazy hot out, they are going to be fine. Tortoises are not prone to suicide. If they are not suffering from actual heat stroke, then they will drink and eat and sleep when they need to. I don't believe there is a need to force them to do anything. Moving them towards the water might work and it might help to have a sprinkler set real low into the pond so that they can hear and see the water moving.

    In terms of food, there is no reason for them to eat hay if other options are available. The suggestion of soaking the hay and mixing in a small amount of other foods they like is a good idea, but if they are hungry, they'll eventually eat it. They won't starve themselves just to make you give them leafy foods. If you want them to eat hay, then that has to be about their only option. Tough love!

    Good luck and keep the photos coming!

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    Thank you for the input, I also think that the pen is too low.. but I confuse how to redo it, because the roof is full in concrete, will be very hard to remove it.
    Alright, I will installed thermostat and all other equipments such as lighting, heater, and humidifier. Hope that they want to enter someday.

    At the moment, I am trying to lure them by putting pumpkin infront of the enterance. how they find and catch the bait..

    Thanks Sey.. I will leave them this several days, let them wonder as much as they want without interrupting anything, hoping they get comfortable with their new surrounding.

    Yes they are.. hehehe.. I’ll post the video how cute they are..

    I’ll redo the pond straight away..
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    Thank you Ben..
    The sprinkler is a good idea.. I’ll put sprinkler this weekend near the pond, to withdraw their attention.

    Get your idea about the diet.. Because alfalfa, timothy and orchard grass hay is nowhere to be produced in my country, so I bought it online from import shops and it cost alot, around USD 100 for each 50lbs (22,5 kg) bale including delivery cost to my house. For Mazuri also cost alot, around USD 175 for 25lbs (11 kg).

    So.. For the time being I need to gave them avaiable food as much as they can eat, so we can also estimate how much food they actually need.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.. Because I have limited english skill.

    Thank you.
    Taufan
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    We acquired a tortoise 20 days ago. Cleaning up poop today I found a piece of rubber possibly from a balloon/glove. It would not have access to something like that at our place so we guess it's something it ate at the previous owner. It took all this time to pass through.

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