Welcome home Peanut! Need advice please..

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I purchased my Aldabra Peanut (daughter named him from day 1. Haha) a week ago from a friend. I saw the group prior to purchase and all were alive, well, roaming and eating. I picked peanut as he was the most interactive and active. He is 2yrs old

Once he/she has been hiding a lot and barely moving around his enclosure. He hasn’t eaten anything (I have left prickly pear, hibiscus plant is in his enclosure, a couple grapes and carrots). I keep it 95-100 and 70% humidity in his hide. It’s been 95 out here in Southern California also.

I’m just wondering if I should be worried? Should I do anything else? I’m everyday I talk to peanut and try to interact with him.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

thank you!
 

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Is Peanut housed inside or outside? 95-100 is a good basking temp, but a fairly warm ambient temperature. If he's outside, make sure he's got good hide spots. If inside, I would lower the ambient temperature to about 85. Other than that, just let him settle in. After a few days to a week, you should notice an increase in activity. It can take months for a tortoise to completely adjust to a new environment.
 

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Is Peanut housed inside or outside? 95-100 is a good basking temp, but a fairly warm ambient temperature. If he's outside, make sure he's got good hide spots. If inside, I would lower the ambient temperature to about 85. Other than that, just let him settle in. After a few days to a week, you should notice an increase in activity. It can take months for a tortoise to completely adjust to a new environment.
Thank you. He is outside in an 8x4’ enclosure. There is a pool section and shade section.
I’m just worried if he doesn’t start eating.
 

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Try to find out what Peanut's previous keeper fed him. Sometimes tortoises don't recognize "food" if it's not what they're used to eating.
 

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Try to find out what Peanut's previous keeper fed him. Sometimes tortoises don't recognize "food" if it's not what they're used to eating.
So is my outside enclosure to hot? I thought it’s better to house them outside?
 

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Because they're black, they absorb more heat. They need lots of shade and misters to cool the air in the afternoon.
 

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@Trojan_48 any progress in food interest or activity levels?
Nothing yet... I put a grape by him and I believe he ate it. I started putting Mazuri and fresh greens as that was his previous meal and nothing yet.
It was hot yesterday so I put him in his water which he did drink. He moved out of the pool area and basked for a little. I of course spoke with him and rubbed his neck. Was scared at first but slowly let me do it. He then went back in his humid hide and hasn’t moved...

I did turn off his heat lamp in there as it’s 95 here in SoCal. I do have a constant heat mat in his hide anyway
 

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My tort took two weeks before he started eating reliably. Now he's a veggie bulldozer. Give him time, warm baths, and he'll come around. Reptiles can fast for months if needs be, so I wouldn't be to worried about food. Hydration is the main thing.
 

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Another good thing to try is Romaine Lettuce. I've gotten some finicky feeders going real well on that. Then I just phase it out slowly.
 

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Another good thing to try is Romaine Lettuce. I've gotten some finicky feeders going real well on that. Then I just phase it out slowly.
Ok I have a few hearts of romaine. I’ll throw one in today. Thank you guys for your follow up and advice!
 

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Not that active yet but romaine heads did work! Mixing with other stuff hopefully to jump start him eating other things
 
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