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Health problem with Greek tortoise

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#1 Guest_Jeepxj_*

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 02:09 PM

I've had this female for about 6 months and she had been very active.
She was always the first at the feed tray.
She began pacing constantly around her pen.
She began to dig nest holes a few weeks ago and abandon them.
Last week she dug them and filled them in.
She barely eats and is much more sluggish than usual.
She still defecates and passes uric acid when soaked.
I took her to the Vet thinking she was eggbound and no eggs are present on the X-ray.
There was a white mass midway up the plastron , right side about 2CM x 3 CM.It appeared to be made of sand or grit but wasn't conclusive in the X-ray.
Any guesses what could be wrong?
I've seen other X-rays and they don't have this mass.
The Vet is waiting for a radiologist to give his/her opinion and we hope to hear next week.
I hope someone has seen some behavior similar to this and I can give the doctor some input in what to look for.
She is unsure how to proceed.
Any help would be appreciated.

#2 Guest_jadums_*

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 02:14 PM

Hi Bryan

My female had simialr behaviour last summer so i thought she was egg bound too but the x rays were clear. my torts behaviour was down to a new member of the group.

I'm not sure about urs. I would email andy highfield - the email is on the tortoise trust website. It is something like tortoisetrust@aol.co.uk but check on there for it. He will let you know what the problem is :) keep us updated :)

#3 Guest_Jeepxj_*

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:44 AM

Thanks for the reply.
I hope it is behavioral(changes in cage and cage mates) or hormonal(diet changed or supplements).
I'm worried the mass is impacted Sand or Pebbles.
I've been trying different things and added new larger cages(tables)

#4 Guest_lepinsky_*

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 09:59 AM

Hi Bryan,

I hope you can find out what is wrong with your tortoise, but in the meantime do give him extra soaks in warm water.


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