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#1 Guest_ivyboo1108_*

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:49 PM

My baby leopard tort seems to be very lazy. Is this normal? It doesnt really do alot. Sleeps mostly and he doesnt eat very much. I have been giving it escarole and endive. I tried squash but wouldnt eat it. His poop looked fine the first time I saw it now it looks kinda wet. Is there anything I can do and is this normal for a baby?


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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:52 PM

Hi Ivybool,

Can you tell us how you are keeping him (what sort of enclosure he is in, temperatures at the hot and cool ends, source of UVB light)? How old is he?

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:29 AM

I have him in a very large container right now with 50/50 eco earth and playsand. Topped with timothy hay. He has a heat rock and a heat lamp. Also a shallow water dish and a large place for it to hide. I am not sure exactly how old he is. I just got him a week ago. He was shipped to me from florida but he is a baby. So im guessing what ever age they are allowed to sell that is how old he is. He is only a little bigger than a half dollar. The temp when I have the lamp on is about 80-85 degrees. When I turn the lamp off at night it is about 70 degrees. What do you think?


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 07:40 PM

Hi Ivybool,

Really young tortoises do sleep a lot. Are you giving him warm baths four or five times a week (put him in something he can't see out of, like a washing up bowl, with warm water up to his chin, or where the top of his shell meets the bottom of his shell, and leave him for about 15 minutes). It will help to hydrate him, and even if he doesn't drink, he will take some water up through his tail. I don't keep leopards, but I know there's a good leopard forum, and it might be a good idea if you go on that, as I know there are people there with long experience of leopards, and I'm sure they will be able to help. It's:
http://pets.groups.y...ardtortoise-uk/
Hopefully, your little one has started to perk up, but do ask advice on the leopard forum and let us know how you get on.


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Posted 27 March 2007 - 08:21 AM

Hi Ivy just to add - try and avoid heat rocks. They are unnecessary and hazardous. You didnt mention a Uvb light??


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:45 AM

You must have read my mind. I just took the heat rock out today and got a heat emitter lamp. But yes he does have a uvb lamp also. What are the best thing to feed him? He takes a couple bites of things but he never acts like he is really hungry.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 12:37 AM

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 29-03-07 AT 00:38 AM (GMT)]Hello!

I have a new Hermann's,,,Moses,,,and he sounds about the size of yours. At first I was unsure how to feed him. What I've ended up doing is taking him out to feed him to monitor how much he eats. I was able to find dandilions in the store,,,I cut little strips of these,,,not to long or to fat. I kind of hold the end and he bites them,,,eats the whole thing at a time. At this point I feed him until he is full,,,he has some catching up to do. I almost lost him because he was not eating much the first week I had him.

I hope this helps!!
~~Lorrie :)





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