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#1 funnybunny200


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:19 PM

Hi there, I have had my Hermanns tortoise for a year now,

He is 3 years old and we recently had problems with him growing lumps on his shell.

After a trip to a specialised vet we were advised that he needs a new bulb in his tabletop home.

My partner and I have received so much different advice on how to look after him that we are getting confused and thought that you guys might help.

Timmy (the tortoise) used to be very active. Until around a month ago he started sleeping all the time and not waking up. I have had to wake him up to get him to eat (which he does when he is awake).
We have found that he just sleeps in his hide a lot of the time. We thought this was due to being too hot so we moved the bulb further above the tabletop and this hasnt made any difference.

We are still quite new to this so any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:57 PM

Hi there and welcome to the forum,
Unfortunately I am not very experienced when it comes to tortoises of Timmy's age.
Maybe your set-up isn't quite right. You may need to adjust your heat and lights further.
What kind do you use?
Also does Timmy pass poo and urates regularly? Constipation can be a problem with some torts and often leaves them lethargic and inactive. Worms can also have the same effect.
Hopefully, there will be others along shortly to offer you more, helpful advice.
Take care

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:07 PM

hi welcome to the forum :) do you know what temperature your getting in your table warm end and cool end? how is your table set out do you have the heat and uv at one end? also is there plenty of light in the table sorry for all the questions they help us help you :)

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:05 PM

Welcome to the forum hunnybunny200. The lumps you mentioned are called pyramiding. Have a look at the Tortoise Trust website http://www.tortoiset...pyramiding.html.

I know what you mean about conflicting information :rolleyes: The Tortoise Trust website can be relied on to have correct information, :) It might be an idea to take a good look round it and make sure everything is as correct as possible for your tort in terms of diet (weeds only to be fed, amounting to the size of the torts shell daily, with calcium supplement and access to water at all times & strictly no protein) substrate (play sand and top soil) correct lights, etc etc

Do you weigh & measure Timmy to check he has a nice slow growth?

Of course I am sure some summer weather will help with all our torts, so they can get outside in the garden and spend some time in the sunshine, we can only hope. Posted Image

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:46 PM

They can become very sleepy and lethargic if the uv light needs replacing or if it isn't close enough to the tort.. hopefully a new bulb will wake him up! Also plenty of warm baths should do the trick x

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:36 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forum. :D

The more information you can provide about Timmy's enclosure the more people can help.

What sort of bulbs are you providing? Do you have a combination bulb? A seperate heat and UV strip bulb? If so what type of strip bulb is it? Is the heat and UV close to each other?

Paula x

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