Animal Stories - Greek Tortoise


Animal-World Information about: Greek Tortoise

   Newly introduced into the American market in the summer of 2001, the pretty Spur-Thigh Tortoise shown above is known as the "Golden" Greek Tortoise!
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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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Melissa Ahearn-Agroti - 2012-09-30
Hi! I am the new proud owner of a Greek tortiose!! He( who is actually a she, but my son was adament we call her Mr. Tuck) has been with us for two weeks. I have a question about an enclosure for her. We live in Cyprus, so are climate is warm for all except 3-4 months of the year where is becomes mild hi 50-60 during the day and 30-40 at night.We live in an apartment and would like Mr. Tuck to be mostly outdoors. I have a back veranda that is about 7 feet by 4 feet and gets sun almost all day. Its tiled. how can I improve it and would I still have to bring him in in the winter??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    How awesome to have a Greek Tortoise, they are truly wonderful creatures. The environment info above discusses the space and temperature needs, so you can adapt it to your particular situation. However, your 3-4 months are too cold. You will need to adjusted for the outdoor environment to provide more heat, or move him inside.
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Sabrina - 2012-05-16
My turtles head gets stuck at the top of his shell when coming out. Is this ok, or should I be worried???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    Should be fine.
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MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
Can you breed a male greek spur-thighed tortoise with a female tunisian spur-thighed tortoise?

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Darren Cox - 2011-12-28
Hello, we picked our 2 five month old spur thighed tortoises up today and they are very active and very friendly!!! eating out of our hands etc and seem to love being held very pleased we got them from a very nice breeder and was able to see the mum and dad would never go to the pet shops to purchase them! really pleased!!

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Claire Barry - 2011-11-06
My spur thigh male is already showing signs to hibernate, so when he is put in his box with soil, he won't dig he try's to climb out, when I try and help him bury, he just climbs back up to the surface then falls asleep. I don't know if he will be safe like this during the winter can anyone help suggest what to do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-06
    Is he primarily an outdoor tortoise? If so, and he does not go into hibernation before it gets too cold, you may want to consider giving him an indoor home over the winter so that he does not die. They do not do well in cold wet environments at all.
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