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Jenny - 2013-03-08
my tortoise is great

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Kasey - 2011-09-09
I found an African Spurred Tortoise on the side of the road and have been researching him and what I need to do to keep him alive. It must have been someones pet they did not want anymore...

Anyways, he/she has been having wierd stools. It is grey and white and almost looks like paint. He has normal stools too, so I have no idea what this stuff is! Does anyone know what it could be? Is he sick?

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  • Gari - 2011-09-27
    Go to www.turtletrust.com
    They are supposed to poop out the white and you need to soak it.
  • Kenny - 2011-11-25
    This is because the temperature is too low and you tortoise feels cold. Keep him/her warm
    ( above 90 degree ) if possible. If you have a yard with grass on, tortoise can feed itself from this grass. Remember these guys are from African and they love heat and food with high fiber. Very little water though, even others saying so. I live in North ( NY ) and I have my tortoise, Toni for three and will be the 4th winter soon. It's hard to keep Toni warm in the winters and when the heating lamp doesn't work for some time, he'll produce such stools like you've seen.

    Let me know if this helps you.
  • delores imperatrice - 2012-06-22
    We have a sulcata tortoice and we just got it yesterday and a web site says it should have water and the other says no?
  • superbuzz67 - 2013-01-19
    When I got my tortoise (sulcata) 5 years ago I had the same confusion. I keep a water pan in his pen.. He his happy and healthy so I would say water is fine as long as he doesn't show any signs of runny nose.
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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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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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Shirley - 2012-12-09
I have a Salcata Tortoise that weighs 39 lbs. She ate about 6 landscaping stones about 3 weeks ago (they were about 1' or so in size). She wasn't eating as much as usual so I took her to the vets to have an xray done ( it was very expensive). The stones showed up in the xray. I now have her on a prescription daily for 30 days to move food through her plus I am giving her fiber on the fruit I feed her. So far no stones. She eats something everyday but not much is coming out compared to what she has done in the past. From what I understand, the stones aren't in her stomach but in an area that is like a storage in her. I am concerned about her passing them. Did you ever have anyone with this problem? I wondered if you would have any other suggestions for me. Thank You

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ANN - 2011-04-10
How do I know if my red foot is male or female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Animal World does describe how to tell the difference between a male and female in the article on the red footed tortoise. It would be a lot easier if you had one of each and then you could put them side by side. However, without that, then hopefully you will be able to tell from the description in the article. I like photos but......easier to tell. I look up U tube and see if they have some photos with male and female side by side. You are supposed to be able to tell.
  • Susan B - 2012-05-08
    Females have a flat plastron and males have a concave one. Have to wait until they are old enough for it to show. Approx 1 year.
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-07
    Check the tail -  if the tail is small but triangular it is a female if its a male the tail will seem ropelike
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Kenny - 2011-12-30
I have a redfoot my daughter ordered it's a baby redfoot the first month he was doing great the last few days he has basically not eating and today his legs are not moving very well along with he acts like he is choking when he opens his mouth he is bubbling saliva. I have kept his diet protein, veggies and fruits plenty of water and correct temps. I lost my daughter nov 7. This turtle is very important to our family can anyone please give some advice thankyou

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-01
    Don't feed it alot of protein! See a vet!
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    The best advice I can provide you, is to visit the best veterinarian you can find. Provide them with a list of foods the turtle consumes, the temperature its enclosure remains, and the size of the enclosure. Best of luck!
  • Trish - 2012-07-02
    Get him to a vet immediately! He has a respiratory infection! Mine was blowing a couple of bubbles out of his nose when he was about 4 months old, they had to give him a series of 10 shots. They told me it takes them a long time to get sick, so it takes a long time to heal, but do not take this lightly, otherwise he will unfortunately die. The are highly susceptible to respiratory infections. But please don't wait! It is urgent for you to get him medical attention, they should also test him for any parasites since you ordered him online. Typically mass raised tortoises, can carry parasites. Best of luck to you and God Bless your family in their loss!
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-07
    First she shouldn't eat banana. It is possible that there is a piece of banana stuck in her throat.
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