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#1 Guest_TracyT_*

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:33 AM

Hi, I'm new to the forum, we have a hermann tort, 2 years old, the family name is Nelson, so we have called him Horatio, we have had him for about 4 months and everything seems to going well, but I do have one question. Mostly his poo is black but occasionally he produces white poo, is this normal? and if not is there anything to worry about? I have been looking for an exotics vet in our area and cannot find one. The only exotics vet in our area retired just before we got Horatio. I will continue to search for one, but we may have to go out of area, I have heard of one in the next county, but it is a good hour and a half journey away, so still looking. Thanks in advance for any advice given

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:52 PM

hi sounds like urates.perfactly normal as long as its not gritty!

#3 Guest_Ozric_*

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:26 PM

I agree with Bruce. Does the white stuff come out when he pees? If yes then definitely not a problem. Tortoise expells uric acid crystals from digestive system when peeing. But not every time.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 07:02 PM

I agree with Bruce and Ozric,it sounds like urates.

#5 Guest_Hettie_*

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 07:42 PM

Hi Tracy,

Welcome to the forum. :D

Horatio Hermann what a perfect name. I have a princess Hettie Hermann. :lol:

Where abouts do you live? If you were to let us know somebody might know of a specialist vet nearby?

Paula x

#6 Guest_TracyT_*

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Thank you for your feedback all. We live in Tamworth, south staffordshire, so far the only specialist vet we have heard about is in Hinckley in Leicerstershire, a good hour or more away from us. If anyone nearer to us know of a vet we would very much appreciate it. Horatio is just about getting to the size where we need to get him chipped, 10cm the pet shop told us.

He is a real little character, lets us know what he wants when he wants, he loves to go out into the garden, my husband Dan has made a couple of secure enclosures for him out there, but he loves being lose. Dan follows him around when he's lose, he can disappear very quickly if he doesn't keep an eye on him. Unfortunately the outside temp is getting much lower now, and very often not warm enough for him. I can see we are going to have problems over the winter, on colder days we put him in the conservatory with an oil radiator in there, he loves it and gets under it. If he see's anyone in the garden, however, he throws a real "tortoise tantrum" trying to dig his way through the glass....lol

He is still only 2/3 years old and we have been advised not to try and hibernate him until he is 5. When I was searching for a vet I spoke to a practice who said they recommend not hiberating them at all.......we shall see when the time comes, possibly investing in a beer fridge as we have seen advised on this forum. Will wait and see.

Thank you all for your welcome, I shall certainly be picking your brains in the future, as the advice on care given to us by the pet shop was wrong in so many ways, but we have worked out with this forum and the tortoise trust web site, how to care for him and he seems very happy.....apart from his "tantrums"....lol

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 11:59 AM

PS Thank you for the comments about his name, we called him Horatio because the family name is Nelson. (I am determined at some point to do the ancestry thing to find out if we are related the "the" Horatio Nelson). As it is at the moment we have our own little Horatio Nelson....lol

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