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#1 aud7

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 10:55 PM

Hi.
I have always given my tortoise regular baths in plain warm water and allowed him the opportunity to soak, drink, etc.
However there is the odd time he can be a little smelly and I wonder if there is something I could wash him with, rinse off and then allow him to have his usual plain water bath to soak in.
Has anyone any recommendations please?
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Posted 19 July 2015 - 06:32 AM

Hi,

No there's nothing you can really use to wash them in, it's best to just let them soak in plain old water, if you use any thing to clean them there would be a risk they drink the water with the product in which wouldn't be good for them, I never think any of mine smell, the only smell I notice from keeping torts is damp soil when I water it. :)



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 06:34 AM

Just to add, nothing should be used on their shell after a bath either like oil's etc. :)



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 09:44 AM

If the tortoise is smelly, it's most likely another underlying problem. What do you feed it on?

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 10:14 PM

Yes i agree a tortoise shouldnt really smell unless like mine when they occasionly decide to sit in their poop so a bit of cotten wool and water is needed lol

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 11:13 PM

Thanks to everyone who replied. The smell only occurs an odd time and Beermat hit the nail on the head, cos it happens after my tortoise decides to sit in his own poop. Cotton wool will be much more effective than kitchen roll which I've used. Can't believe I didn't think of that. Again, thank you.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 07:33 AM

Normal tortoise poop is pretty hard and fibrous, so if your tort is doing soft poops it might be time to address his diet. Only feed fibrous weeds where possible. Too much salad stuff causes loose poo as does fruit, which should never be fed, just a thought ;)

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 09:46 PM

Thanks. Could you please advise me of the best fibrous weeds please. Recently he's been having dandelions, forgot me not, clover, nasturtium, pansies, petunias, fushia, chicory, watercress, all of which I have planted and grown for him.

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 10:09 AM

This diet should produce a good firm stool, unless you are over feeding and he has overload. Watercress is only good if it is genuine watercress and not the little seedlings that are sold in punnets in supermarkets. Plants must be grown until mature and not fed while still young and soft. If you feed seedling then this will produce messy stools




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