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#1 KateR

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

Well we had our epic 8 hour round trip to Norfolk yesterday to collect our eagerly awaited Hermanns, and despite expecting to be coming home with a male, we've ended up with something slightly different.  They had recently taken in a hermaphrodite and thought we might like her/him.  We were really taken by her and although I hated having to choose I went for her as I hated the thought of her being overlooked for rehoming because she's different.  She's about 8-10 years old and has lived in a viv all her life.  For the last 4 years she'd been fed on sweetcorn and beans so our challenge is to wean her off the junk food and onto proper food.  The lady who had her for those 4 years 'rescued' her from even worse conditions and her shell was soft when she got her.  She's in pretty good shape now, considering.  We'll get her checked with our vet (Stuart McArthur) this week.  She's settling in well, and we look forward to getting to know her.  Not decided on a name yet so will update you when we have.

 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:32 PM

Hi Kate,
Good for you for taking on this tortoise. She has found a kind, caring owner in you. Best of luck with her.
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:31 PM

That's a female you have there. ;) Not too bad shape considering her past.

 

Is she displaying her 'bits' all the time or is it just an occasional flash?



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:40 PM

All the time!



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:53 PM

Personally, I'd get her checked out by a specialist tortoise vet.... the female clitoris shouldn't really be on display all the time. It may indicate a problem.

 

Either that or it looks like you have a very randy tort! :rofl:



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:02 PM

Apparently it has 'always' been like that. But yes, she will be seeing our vet this week.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:26 PM

Keep us updated Kate... And well done for giving her a new home. At last she will get the life she truely deserves x x x hugs x

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:09 PM

It's not necessarily a clitoris, but will be slightly prolapsed due to her having had MBD. Lack of calcium can cause it. What makes them think she is a hermaphrodite? You will have to be sure to always keep her on her own and away from any males particularly. It could also be a problem when living outdoors, or on soil as if the area becomes dried out, it may become necrotic, sadly. I've never seen a plastron like that, are you sure she is full hermanni, looks possibly cross bred, but could be the MBD I suppose.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:30 AM

We are just going on what we were told and what the rescue were told by the previous owner.  She's definitely going to be our only tortoise.  No idea if she's cross bred - what is it abut the plastron that is unusual?



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:27 PM

The plastron looks almost hermanni but with a touch of graeca. Which rescue centre was it?



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:53 PM

Norfolk Tortoise Club.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:43 AM

Then that is disgusting. You did an eight hour trip to collect a tortoise that could possibly need special care for the rest of it's days. A hermaphrodite is an animal that displays both ovaries and male testes. They have presumably just surmised this, unless scans were done. I would get her to Stuart for a correct diagnosis if it was me, just to be sure.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:15 AM

I agree,if their has been cross breeding between species then there could be massive complications internaly,they should have done x-rays instead of asuming its a hermaphrodite as this is very rare and ive never seen 1 especially coming from a tortoise club!this tortoise could cost you alot of money in the long run!

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:26 PM

Apparently she had been to a vet who said she was hermaphrodite...

We have an appointment with Sarah as Stuart is away in the States so will see what she says but at least Frankie is in a loving home and will get the care she needs.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 04:27 PM

Yes exactly kate,shes in the right hands now :) she might be a hermaphrodite but its best to know for sure as a peice of mind for yourself.
Keep us updated :)
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:09 PM

Well she has finally eaten today - a hibiscus flower and some opuntia. And she pooed in her bath yesterday. She's currently racing round the living room!

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 09:17 AM

Thats a good sign kate that shes settling in to her new home :) not meaning too keep on but torts shouldnt realy be aloud to roam the house for a number of reasons,being stepped and its very confusing for them as its not very natural for them,also cant regulate heat due too not having access to basking and uv rays

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:11 PM

No it was just for 5 minutes to stretch her legs while we were both sat on the floor with her.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:44 PM

Ahh sorry kate didnt mean it horribly,thats fine then :)h

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

Good luck with Sarah ;)






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