New Tortoise not drinking or eating/ lethargic

CyrustheRussian

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Hello! I’m in a bit of a predicament. I just received my juvenile Russian tortoise in the mail yesterday morning from Tortoise Town (I know. I saw the thread about the site too late). He has not taken any water or food since placing him in his enclosure. He will only move if I move him! I have been soaking him a little but he hasn’t taken any water then either. I figured maybe he just needs to get used to his new environment but he didn’t move from one spot for over 12 hours straight. From what I’ve extensively researched, he has everything he needs. Because he is a new tortoise I don’t know whether to take this as him being sick or adapting. Any suggestions?
I thought maybe his sleep was thrown off by the transport but I don’t know now. I’ve been measuring the temperature and it’s perfect- about 80 throughout, 95 in the hottest.
Picture: Cyrus in the corner (where he likely won’t move from) 3D86A94E-66E9-4F8A-A7BC-9F9DE73C155C.jpeg
 

Sarah2020

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have a good read of the tortoise care sheets posted often in posts and on the forum. I think you will find he is still settling in and probably dehydrated. Try a soak in shallow warm water for 15 mins daily and see if that helps. If you leave them in peace they tend to drink and they will try and scratch at the edge to escape but the water is good for hydration and important and good exercise. Also provide food washed in water so when they finally eat there is water will be on the leaves. Your water bowl need to be shallower so they can walk in and bathe or drink. Good luck your on the correct site for reading and learning.
 

CyrustheRussian

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have a good read of the tortoise care sheets posted often in posts and on the forum. I think you will find he is still settling in and probably dehydrated. Try a soak in shallow warm water for 15 mins daily and see if that helps. If you leave them in peace they tend to drink and they will try and scratch at the edge to escape but the water is good for hydration and important and good exercise. Also provide food washed in water so when they finally eat there is water will be on the leaves. Your water bowl need to be shallower so they can walk in and bathe or drink. Good luck your on the correct site for reading and learning.
Thank you for replying! I’ve been scouring the forum to see what I can do. I’ll look into that water bowl then. I’ve been soaking him since I got him. He sees the food but he’s completely uninterested in it. Thanks for the tip, I try to keep the food wet so if he eats, he will get some hydration. Thanks so much.
 

Jcrice1002

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Hello! I’m in a bit of a predicament. I just received my juvenile Russian tortoise in the mail yesterday morning from Tortoise Town (I know. I saw the thread about the site too late). He has not taken any water or food since placing him in his enclosure. He will only move if I move him! I have been soaking him a little but he hasn’t taken any water then either. I figured maybe he just needs to get used to his new environment but he didn’t move from one spot for over 12 hours straight. From what I’ve extensively researched, he has everything he needs. Because he is a new tortoise I don’t know whether to take this as him being sick or adapting. Any suggestions?
I thought maybe his sleep was thrown off by the transport but I don’t know now. I’ve been measuring the temperature and it’s perfect- about 80 throughout, 95 in the hottest.
Picture: Cyrus in the corner (where he likely won’t move from) View attachment 306433
I am also a new ish owner but when we brought home our Gamera she did the same. We were recommended to provide a good hide so she would feel secure and try not to interact with her much. Tortoise do not do well with change and can take a few weeks to feel secure again. Gamera was a few months before she fully acclimated.
 

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