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gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

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Moira - 2012-08-07
Anyone know why there would be a long (about 4 inch) discharge of clear and white mucus in the cage. I'm the summer 'foster Mum' for a greek called Spartacus who lives at the school where I work. I've got a call into the VoAg teacher but just concerned. Spartacus also bumps all the way around his indoor cage. It's his way off yelling to go out into the garden. Pretty upsetting on bad weather days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Could it be a case of diahrhea - might have eaten something or got into something it shouldn't have.  Could have possibly regurgitated also.  Again - possibly ate something that did not agree with him. 
  • Moira - 2012-08-08
    Thanks. I think it was an upset tummy. He didn't munch on the grass at all yesterday and only ate about half his dinner. He's out today and he is eating the clove. I'll feed him light for a day or two. I'm watching spartacus and a box turtle named Clyde. What fun they both are. It's been an interesting summer. Thanks again. Moira
  • Stu - 2013-01-13
    Obviously this is an ancient post, but I'm replying in case it's useful for anyone else. The clear and white discharge is perfectly normal - it's actually urea - same as the white stuff in bird droppings. The time to worry is when it comes out gritty or nearly solid: that would indicate dehydration (not enough water).
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Shane - 2011-05-20
HELP I've had my female Greek tortoise to Cornell and they don't know why her head won't come out. We're giving her antibiotics but will soon have to put in a feeding tube at Cornell. Has anyone else heard of this happening? I've had her about 5 or 6 years

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    I don't know and I really couldn't find anything so hopefully someone who has had this problem will answer your question. I did find one site and it talks primarily about hibernation. I don't know if it can help but I thought I'd pass it on. Cornell is usually very good.
    http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/safer.html
  • aboud - 2011-10-28
    Your tortoise is hibernateding maybe. I am not really sure. I have a male greek tortoise so I know what I am saying and I reasearched
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    It is possible some of his bedding could be stuck in his shell and wedged? Has he been to the vet? Can you get him x-rayed or something ?
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Noel Pierce - 2012-02-15
Is it normal for a (male) greek tortoise to walking along the side of his tank thumping on the side with his shell everyday? Normally I can feed him and he'll go back to sleep but I'm worried that he might be lonely is why he's doing it. He's been doing this since I got him. I've had him for a good five or so years now and that's about how old he is too. So is this normal? If not what can I do? I don't want him to be upset or anything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    I honestly don't know if it is normal or not but if he has been doing it for 5 years - sure wouldn't worry about it. Another way to look at it is, he thumps on the side of the tank and you feed him. Maybe he has you trained.
  • MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
    My tortoise did that so, I put a piece of ply board inside the front of the tank so he couldn't see out and he never did it anymore. But I put it down to that he wanted to go out into the garden.
  • Cindy Moreen - 2012-05-28
    Best not to use an aquarium, rather construct a large wood box lined with paper and cypress mulch. As stated above, your turtle can see out and wants out. Construct a nice outdoor garden for him/her too!
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    They do not understand glass. They can hurt their faces by doing this. Something you can do is cut a 1 or 2 inch strip of cardboard and tape it around the edges of the tank so he can see there is a barrier there.
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Sharon A - 2013-01-12
We have 2 red eared sliders, one is approx 18 yrs, and the other about 5 yrs. We have always kept them in seperate tanks because we were always told two males could not be kept together. We have since put them together, and bought a 55 gallon tank for them, and it has been three days and they are very aggressive towards each other, biting at each others shells, faces...... why is this, and should we go back to seperate tanks?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-12
    Well first, if they have always lived alone, they are probably used to having their own territory. Introducing them into a new environment they aren't used to as well as having another tankmate is probably very stressful. It sounds like they aren't getting along very well and I would definitely separate them - If they are tearing each others shells up and causing wounds they could get infected and then sick. You could try again at a later time if you want. Generally, if two baby turtles are bought together and kept together there are often no problems unless a female is present. Two males would still need to be kept an eye on as they grow up however, to make sure they will continue to get along fine.
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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is obierussell@yahoo.com thankyou

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Kayley - 2012-05-01
I just bought my Greek Tortoise, when I placed him in his cage he went to his hide and dove into his shell how can i get him out?

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  • molster - 2013-01-05
    Oh this is probably just because of his moving around and it is totally normal.
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Shirley - 2012-11-30
Hi, I have a greek tortoise pet for about a year and a half now. He lives in a plastic bin with bedding. We bought UVB light and have a little bowl of water. We feed it dandelion and carrot slices. For about a week now, his eyes seem to be swollen and have a coating on it. He also looks very tired all the time. I am really worried and don't know what to do. If anyone knows what the issue is, I would really appreciate it if you could email me. Thanks, Shirley - shirleymak18@gmail.com

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    Could be any number of things.  Conjunctivitis, a vitamin deficeincy, water ---   I can't know what it is but you might want to check out this article and take your guy to the vet.

    http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/turhealth.htm#eyes
  • moster - 2013-01-05
    Carrots are for occasional use you should use lettuce instead this will provide a healthier diet. His diet should be high in fibre and calcium, low in protein. Also do you bath him weekly and is his water bowl big enough for him to swim in. You should buy some eye drops for him, to apply them just drop it above each eye when he is eating and it will run into his eye and clear everything up. Other food ideas are: romain lettuce, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, cabbage, squash, bananas, red and green leaf lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, most berries and melon, timothy hay, alpha grass, bermuda grass, dandelions, most weeds, cactus pads, and most importantly NO ICEBURG LETTUCE. I hope my comment comes in use. Best wishes
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Anonymous - 2013-01-01
I have had a number of exotic animals in my care and I must agree with the the comment that one must take animals on a case by case basis. Because the indian ornamental is an arboreal species, it stands to reason that most of their food comes to them on the fly, so to speak. Therefore many times their bites are reactive. Some species are plainly better off not handled if one can avoid. Just because you can hold a spider doesn't necessarily mean that one should.

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Brian - 2009-09-28
My friend Anthony caught a male Tx Brown in Amarillo at a job sight and brought it to me, cause I've always had snakes, spiders and scorpions as pets. Even being caught in the wild it is very docile. Watching it catch crickets is really amazing, I've never seen a spider or scorpion go after its prey with such fury!

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  • Richard - 2010-06-06
    I live in amarillo and the 1 I found in my yard is VERY aggressive. I still have not picked it up.
  • Greg Hunt - 2011-10-21
    Let it walk into a jar.
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    Like the Oklahoma terrapin (tortoise), tarantulas seem to have individual personalities!!
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