Katamari.Sweetheart

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Hello, I’ve just rescued a baby desert tortoise (gopherus agassizii), gifted from an accidental captive clutch. I’m applying for a permit. I’m new to tortoise keeping and want to make sure I’m doing the best I can for my little guy. I noticed that he has a lot of debris and crust around his eyes, it seems to change day-to-day. I’ve had him for just 9 days. He eats very well (organic kale, dandelion greens, Timothy hay) and is active. I was told to not let him hibernate for at least three years. I allow him to bask in the sun in a covered hutch during the warm hours, then he has a red basking light in his indoor enclosure. Has access to hot side and cool side, and hides. He has access to water all the time. I let him soak in warm water yesterday, and used a super soft toothbrush to gently clean his shell and to try and remove dry flakey skin around his eyes...so I wonder if I made it worse by irritating his eyes? What can I be doing better? Thank you in advance!!
 

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Yossarian

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Pics of his enclosure pls. At that age, soak it daily for a half hour. you dont need to use a toothbrush to remove flaky skin.
 

Katamari.Sweetheart

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Thank you! Enclosure pics coming soon. Just looked through forums and found very comprehensive guides to desert tortoise care where I did read about soaking daily. He looks better already after that and it will become part of our routine.
 
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