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GreatPyr

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We just got this Redfoot today. He seems healthy and was eating good when we picked him up, but I noticed after we had him home for a while that his eyes seems watery. You can see this in the first picture. Other than that he seems ok. I'm not sure how much you can tell from the pictures, but I put them up to see if anyone can tell me if he looks healthly, or not. Thanks.

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Hi,
Your new Redfoot looks great. :D His/her eyes are watering because he/she isn't humid enough. Your Redfoot should be on a mixture of organic topsoil and peat. Redfoots need to be very humid.

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Danny said exactly what I was going to say! Just up the humidity - needs to be at 70 - 80% at all times, and that will help the eyes!

Gorgeous red-foot! Congrats on the new addition!
 

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Oh and also, this I have learned from "The Master"... your sweetie has a bit of extra space between the scutes, which comes from being overfed! I'm sure that one has a very hefty appetite! So just make sure that you feed him an appropriate amount so his shell develops more normally! (I have one sweetie that looks just the same way!)
 

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He is on Zoo Med Repti Bark which is 100% Fir bark. Could I mist this substrate to add some humidity for now, until I'm able to move to a new substrate?

cvalda, funny you should mention that. I was told that he is a big eater.
 

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Beautiful new tort! Congrats!
 

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Yes you can mist the substrate until you switch over. :D

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You can also include a damp humid hide area with long strand sphagnum moss for him/her. Congrats on your new addition!
 

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I'd loss the fir substrat now. Softwood (from conifers) is toxic to herps. I'd keep him on paper towls or nespaper until you find a sutable substrat such as suggested. I don't know why pet suppliers keep selling this and cedar for herps.
 

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Congrats on your new little cutie.
Itort..they continue to sell things even if they are bad for the animals because they make $$$$$$ on them, or worse if the animal dies the customer will be back and then they will make even more $$$$$$$. That is why I think they still sell the bad stuff.
 

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My redfoot does that if I don't remember to mist her mulch. I have cyprus mulch for mine and I mist it twice a day to keep the humidity up. Try soaking him in a few inches of warm water to see if that helps his eyes for now.
 
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