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4 Month Old Hermann - Little Bit Worried About Health

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#1 Mekoides


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 04:15 PM

Very new to keeping a tortoise and just a bit worried about his general health and happiness.
He's around 4 months old, lives in a nice big table with the special soil, rocks and things, shallow water bowl, slate for eating off of and a combined heat and uv bulb. I've only had him for about two weeks and I'm not really sure about him. He mostly eats food if offered or put near him, doesn't seem to like the slate. I bathe him daily but never see him urinate. Seems to be pooping regularly and drinks enough (I think?)
He's been making a small noise occasionally - kind of a clicking noise and has squeaked a couple of times and I'm not sure what that means. He's not especially active. My room has started to smell a little weird also. He also does a weird thing with his legs sometimes - moving them backwards and forwards.

I don't know if I'm being paranoid, I seem to be doing everything right from what I've read and looked up.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 05:32 PM

Sorry, but need to ask a few questions.
Did you get him from a reputable breeder?
What is the special soil? Tortoise life or similar.
Is the slate well away from the heat lamp?
The clicking might be nothing, but might also be respiratory. If by moving legs in and out, you mean the rythmic pumping of front legs, this is breathing as he doesn't have a diaphragm or a soft body to otherwise show breathing.
If he smells, that's def not right, so I would get an appointment with a specialist vet ASAP. Lots of recently imported tortoises are carrying various problems from herpes to urine parasites, so it's important to get him checked out. ;)

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