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Has My Tortoise Got A Respiritory Problem?


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#1 Wylde_girl

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 11:33 PM

Is it normal to be able to hear your tortoise breathing? His front legs also move in time with his breathing. He is 5 years old.

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 05:50 AM

Hi is your tortoise eating and still active etc, is there a noise you can here or just him breathing, how is your tortoise housed ie substrate, table etc. :)



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 05:07 PM

Tortoises need to move their legs to breathe as they do not have a diaphragm and of course the shell cannot move as a mammals body does. Noisy breathing can be to do with lack of humidity. How are you keeping him?

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 06:24 PM

Thanks for your comments. Prior to us having him he was kept in a tank. He is now in a tortoise table. There is no other noise just his breathing. His breathing sounds clear of anything.

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:50 PM

If he is eating ok I would not worry too much, but do try to increase his humidity by watering the enclosure ;)




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