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Peggynurse

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Yes I went to petco for the set up but got the tort from a private party. The guys at my local trusted reptile store that I have been talking to think she may have been sick when I got her 😔 she was never super active I thought it was stress she looked good last night when we went to bed ! Now I am thinking Leopard tortoise
 

ZenHerper

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Yes I went to petco for the set up but got the tort from a private party. The guys at my local trusted reptile store that I have been talking to think she may have been sick when I got her 😔 she was never super active I thought it was stress she looked good last night when we went to bed ! Now I am thinking Leopard tortoise
This is the forum's up-to-date care sheet for Leopards:

If you want to re-use your set up for a hatchling, thoroughly disinfect everything and all surfaces, including a pass with an ammonia-based cleaner (Ajax dish liquid, forex). Microbes that are benign or beneficial to one species can be hazardous to another.
 

harrythetortoise

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Yes I went to petco for the set up but got the tort from a private party. The guys at my local trusted reptile store that I have been talking to think she may have been sick when I got her 😔 she was never super active I thought it was stress she looked good last night when we went to bed ! Now I am thinking Leopard tortoise
Sorry for your loss..
Have you decided on where you will get the leopard tortoise from yet?
 

ZEROPILOT

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For a reptile doing poorly, nudge the ambient closer to 85*F.

A sickly tort can be soaked in a warm mix of half carrot baby food with water. Set the soak pan inside the enclosure so it stays warm, but watch over the soaking animal. The carrot sugars can soak in through the vent even if the tort will not drink. An omnivorous tort can manage higher sugar levels, so any baby food fruit can be used.
I didn't see that posted.
I'm sorry that we weren't able to help.
Let's get your enclosure, lighting and heating perfect before you attempt this again.
It's SO much easier that way.
 

Peggynurse

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So what are thoughts on putting together a outside planted tub for small trips outside weather permitting I live in San Diego, CA where it's always nice and not to hot 80/90 during the summer. Planning ahead since I want to grow grass in it . What soil is safe to use ? Organic ? I am thinking big black Home Depot type tub and putting a screen on top ? Thoughts ?
 

Peggynurse

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Ok
So I have not run the power sun at all just ceramic on my way to my reptile store but she really doesn't look good today I am currently trying to find someone to see her today on emergency ! Any thoughts on force feeding ? I am a veterinary tech we do not do exotics I feel terrible and helpless ! Temp and humidity are at 80
 

Peggynurse

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So there is a happy ending to this story ! Went to Home Depot sealed the top with a piece of acrylic temps and humidity are spot on and we now have a Leopard tort named Gunny after the bad *** Martian girl on Expanse ! She is amazing never thought we could love a little tort so much she is a little bad *** ! And she is a eating machine !!! Amazed how much a little tort can eat . I did schedule a wellness exam with one of my local reptile vets .
 
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