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Is my star healthy ?

Discussion in 'Indian Star and Burmese Star tortoises' started by rolley, Aug 4, 2017.

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  1. rolley

    rolley Member

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    I found a star tortoise a month ago since then he is my pet..
    According to experts in the forum he is approx 6 years old
    His dimensions are 16×10 cm
    His weight is 650 grams
    I wanna know is he health or not ?
    His weight is according to his size or not ?

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    Neal Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    6 years old is a good guess, I was initially thinking less than 10 considering the vivid colors on his shell. At that size, he is nearly full grown.

    650 grams is good for a male that size, a little light but just slightly. His arms are nice and beefy, his head and eyes look really good, tongue is a good color and nostrils are clear. So he looks to have all the outward signs of good health. Internally could be a different story.

    I don't know what to think about keeping a wild tortoise though. Do you know much about the wild population numbers in your area?
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    I don't know about the wild population..I found him 30 miles away from where I live
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    I agree with Neal on all counts. Your tortoise looks very healthy. A beautiful example of a star! But we can only go by the picture. You need to monitor the way he acts to see he soon starts becoming active, and continues to eat well. A wild caught tortoise will most probably have some parasites. In the wild, these are kept at normal levels and not a problem, but in captivity, in a confined space, the load of parasites can grow quickly and become a problem. Monitor your tortoise's weight and be sure it does not start loosing weight. If you have access to a vet who can do a fecal exam, that would normally be a good idea when dealing with a wild caught tortoise.

    Your tortoise is a bit light, for what we shoot for in captivity, but that is often the case with wild caught. I look for my stars to be between 700-730g at 16cm. A male will often be more in the lower range, and a female on the higher side.
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    Thanks a lot mark...fecal exam is not possible here because there is no vet for tortoises here ..
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    Dan Active Member 5 Year Member

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    You could do your own with a microscope, sugar water float solution, and a source text like Understanding Reptile Parasites (Klingenberg). Treatment is outlined in the same.
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